The Quirky Real Estate of Movie Theaters: Their Lifeline.

Just a few years back, U.S. movie theaters seemed destined for irrelevance. But their unconventional real estate might just be what saves them.

Movie theaters are constructed with sloped, concrete floors to accommodate stadium seating. They typically occupy large, windowless spaces, often hidden behind shopping centers or linked to struggling malls.

This unique layout poses challenges for landlords looking to replace a struggling theater with more conventional tenants like restaurants or retail stores. Skyrocketing construction expenses, coupled with these idiosyncratic building features, have led many property owners to reduce theater rents just to maintain occupancy.

*Article courtesy of Costar

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