Just in time for Labor Day: The West Valley’s largest theater—and one of the biggest private businesses—reopened.
Harkins Theatres Estrella Falls 16 in Goodyear is showing some of the year’s biggest (OK, there haven’t been that many) releases: “Tenet,” “The New Mutants” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”
“Welcome back to Ultimate Moviegoing,” said a Harkins post last week. “We’ve missed you and we’re thrilled to welcome you back to our theatres to enjoy exciting movies.”
The theater chain is pitching safety, as much as entertainment.
Masks are required “for all team members and guests,” and the company said it is implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing and reduced seating for social distancing.
“Along with the state-of-the-art picture and sound, award-winning popcorn, and unparalleled service that Harkins is known for, guests will notice enhanced safety precautions throughout the moviegoing experience,” the Harkins website says.
As with other businesses that are reopening around the West Valley, the movie theater has some new policies:
“Due to the reduced auditorium seating required for social distancing, we unfortunately must suspend the acceptance of free passes until such time that the required seating restrictions have been lifted.”
Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” has had a buzz for months as it waited patiently to open.
The pitch: “Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel—inversion.”
John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in the mind-bending action flick.
With the latest version of “Copperfield,” witty director Armando Iannucci (“The Death of Stalin”) takes a sideways cooking Dickens approach. His multiracial cast: Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Whishaw, Dev Patel and Hugh Laurie.
The Goodyear movie theater is also showing “Words on Bathroom Walls,” with Charlie Plummer playing a high-school senior who is expelled, then diagnosed with a mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school.
Back in the real world, land deals are rolling in the West Valley.
Commercial real estate tracker Vizzda.com noted several big deals, including:
• On Aug. 24, Rados Properties acquired 160 acres of vacant land in Buckeye for just under $10 million. In 2016, the land at 187th Avenue and West Van Buren Street was approved for five industrial buildings totaling 2 million square feet.
• On Sept. 3, the Estrella Professional Center at 15661 W. Roosevelt Street in Goodyear sold for $1.5 million. The new owner is Mannie Badyal, owner of several dental offices around the Valley.
• On Aug. 25, Summit Community Church sold Indian Palms Medical and Professional Plaza Building 1 at 14545 W. Indian School Road in Goodyear for $800,000. Physical therapist Ryann P. Roberts bought the nine-unit office condo.
• At the end of July, WCFS Holding in Minnesota bought Imagine Avondale charter school for $16 million. According to its website, “Imagine Avondale serves families by partnering with parents and guardians in the education of their children by providing high quality education.”