New owner taking over controversial Blacksburg movie theater

Years of legal battles coming to end

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Frank Theaters' CineBowl & Grille in Blacksburg is getting a new owner, after years of controversy and legal battles.

In April 2017, there was a big lock on the theater's doors and the sign was coming down after the owners of the First & Main shopping center said Frank's fell almost $500,000 behind on the rent.
 
The CineBowl was able to get the doors back open just days later after paying $80,000, but the financial troubles weren't over.

In January, Frank Entertainment Group, the company that operated the theater-bowling alley-restaurant-arcade combo, filed for bankruptcy.
 
Seth Boehringer, 17, said the theater was always a popular spot for him and his friends to hang out: watch movies, bowl and eat food. However, he said there were management issues.

 “Sometimes, I’d be in line a long time," Boehringer said.

Virginia Tech grad Taylor Phelps said he wasn’t happy about the prices either.

“They were too expensive, so people would go elsewhere," Phelps said.

Soon, that will change. On Thursday, Florida-based company Paragon Theaters will take over the Blacksburg theater, along with several other Frank Theatres venues across the country.


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