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B&B Today

· 7th Largest Theatre Chain in America

· 401 Screens

. 50 locations

· 9 States

· Featuring Marquee Suites®, IMAX®, PLF GRAND SCREEN ® and 21+ auditoriums

The Beginning

B&B Theatres stands for Bills and Bagby, two families that both launched movie theatres and joined forces-for business and love-in 1980.

The history of B&B stretches back to 1924 when Elmer Bills, Sr., bought the Lyric Theatre in Salisbury, MO, and founded Bills Theatres. It was there that he met his future wife, Johnnie, while she played the piano along with the silent movies. Years later, their son Elmer Bills, Jr., was born into the business.

In 1936, the elder Elmer hired 10-year-old Sterling Bagby as a concession clerk. Sterling grew up, fought in World War II and came home to marry his Higbee, MO ticket seller, Pauline. Together, they started the Bagby Traveling Picture Show and roamed rural Missouri with their films, projection equipment, seats and snack bar. The Bagby Traveling Picture Show screened movies in barns, schools and parks. Eventually, Sterling and Pauline's company evolved into a Kansas circuit of drive-in theatres and "hardtops" (their nickname for indoor theatres).

Meanwhile, young Elmer Bills, Jr. had met his wife-to-be, Amy, when both were 13 (he lovingly refers to her as "the best popcorn girl I ever hired") and gone on to graduate from the University of Missouri in 1959. Elmer and Amy joined his parents Elmer Sr. and Johnnie and continued the expansion of Bills Theatres, Inc.

On January 1, 1980, the Bills and Bagby families cemented decades of friendship by formally joining their two theatre companies into B&B Theatres. At the same time, Sterling and Pauline's son Bob married Elmer and Amy's daughter Bridget truly wedding the families together. After taking B&B into the 21st century, Sterling Bagby passed away in October of 2000. From 2000 to 2014 B&B replaced several of their existing locations with new state-of-the-art facilities as well as acquired, remodeled and built several new locations. In 2010 B&B premiered their first PLF (premium large format) Grand Screen® and their first dine-in Marquee Suites® concept.

On October 3rd 2014, B&B Theatres purchased Dickinson Theatres, a local Kansas City theatre circuit dating back to 1920. With the acquisition of Dickinson an additional fifteen locations and 169 screens were added to B&B's continually growing circuit of theatres. Today, Pauline, Bob, Bridget, Elmer and Amy run the 9th largest theatre circuit in America. And Bob and Bridget's children Bobbie, Brittanie and Brock (yes, they are all Bs-what else could they be named?) are the fourth generation to work for their family's chain. B&B Theatres was recognized in 1999 by the National Association of Theatre Owners as one of the oldest family-owned circuits in the Midwest.

Today

Through the years, B&B has seen the coming of sound, color, widescreen, digital, 3D and countless other advances in stereo sound and projection. Our newest complexes offer the latest in sound and comfort, including DOLBY 7.1 Surround Sound and digital sound in all auditoriums, stadium seating, wide screens, high-back rocker chairs with cup holders, luxury electric recliner seating, Grand Screens® Marquee Suites® and digital projectors with 3D capabilities. Our extended family now consists of over 1,400 employees. Today, B&B operates theaters in towns of all sizes, and we've even opened multiplex theaters in many of the same places that once were home to our old-time single-screen and twin theaters. And Elmer Bills, Jr., continues to maintain a home in Salisbury, MO, where the Lyric-the theater where his parents met-stands proudly as a town landmark.

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B&B News & Development

What's happening at B&B Theatres!

Interested in bringing a theatre to your hometown?
Contact our Development Department-
development@bbtheatres.com

2017

Amelia Island, FL--B&B Theatres is pleased to announce the Amelia Island 7 is NOW OPEN. Old static seats have been removed to make way for luxury electric, leather reclining theater chairs. Other improvements include a comprehensive overhaul of the concession area, new carpets and restroom improvements, expanded menu offerings, a Marquee Bar, and self-serve soda fountains. The theatre opened March 9th, 2017.

Upgrades include:

  • New Electric Reclining Seats
  • Reserved Seating
  • New Concession Stand
  • Self-Serve Soda with Free Refills
  • Updated Sound
  • New Paint and Décor
  • Expanded Concession Offerings
  • Marquee Bar
  • And More!
Amelia

McComb, MS- B & B Theatres is pleased to announce a new state of the art all-digital projection 9-screen to serve McComb, MS.. All nine auditoriums will feature stadium seating, with luxury leather recliners, and a full service Marquee Bar and Grill. The theatre will also feature Christie digital projection, and in select auditoriums 3D REAL-D™ technology. All auditoriums will feature B & Bs latest design, with Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound as well as wall-to- wall curved screens, giving the customer a completely immersive movie-going experience. The largest auditorium features the B & B Grand Screen®, and boast one of the largest screens in the nation. The auditorium will feature an “awe” inspiring sound system with over 10,000 watts of sound, a massive floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall curved screen, XL stadium seating for unobstructed viewing, and leather high-back rocker -style seats, making it one of the nicest, and largest auditoriums in the nation. B & B expects a winter 2016 opening date.

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Lee Summit, MO-B&B Theatres is pleased to announce a new upscale botiuqe 7-screen facility for New Longview. The movie theatre itself will feature cutting edge technology. Not only will all auditoriums have stadium seating with comfortable leather-recliner seating, but each will feature Christie® digital projection and select auditoriums will have the newest 3D XBRITE® High Frame Rate® and REAL-D™ technology. All auditoriums will feature B&B’s latest design, with Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound as well as wall-to-wall curved screens. These features will give each customer a completely immersive movie-going experience. The concession stand will feature fresh popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, cotton candy, self-serve candy, a wide variety of self-serve drink options, a Marquee Bar and expanded hot food items, such as mozzarella sticks, gourmet burgers, chicken tenders, funnel cake fries, and much more. The theatre is scheduled to open winter 2017.

Features Include:

  • All Luxury Electric Recliner Seating
  • Expanded Menu Options
  • Full Concessions
  • Marquee Bar
  • Reserved Seating
  • Pepsi Spire with over 100 flavors and Popcorn Topping Station
  • Art Deco Theme Throughout
  • Wall-to-Wall Curved Screens
Lee's Summit

Liberty, MO- B & B Theatres is pleased to announce a new state of the art all-digital projection multi-screen theatre to serve Liberty, MO. All auditoriums will feature stadium seating, with comfortable seating with plenty of leg room. The theatre will also feature Christie digital projection, and in select auditoriums 3D REAL-D™ technology. All auditoriums will feature an “awe” inspiring sound system with over 10,000 watts of sound, massive floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall curved screens and XL stadium seating for unobstructed viewing. B & B expects to be open in the fall of 2017.

Until the new theatre opens, Liberty customers are encouraged to visit the B&B Northland 14 just 3 miles west on highway 152 at the Brighton exit.

2016 Recap

2016 was a busy year at B&B Theatres as B&B Completed major recliner remodels at the below locations:

Junction City, KS-2-Screen Addition

Hutchinson, KS

Vicksburg, MS

Emporia, KS

Shawnee, KS

Claremore, OK

Upgrades Include:

  • New Electric Reclining Seats
  • Reserved Seating
  • New Concession Stand
  • Self-Serve Soda with Free Refills
  • Updated Sound
  • New Paint and Décor
  • Marquee Bar (Select Locations)
  • PLF Grand Screens (Select Locations)
  • Expanded Concession Offerings
  • Kitchens (select locations)
  • And More!

 

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Development

For all development inquires please contact development@bbtheatres.com

 

B&B Theatres operates a wide portfolio of theatres from 3-screen theatres in regional markets to 20-screen megaplexes in metropolitan areas.

 

B&B works with local investors, landlords, developers and cities to create the perfect theatre for each location. We can supply several types of theatre layouts that best fit each projects need. B&B theatres can offer a wide variety of amenities including, but not limited to:

·        Traditional theatres

·        Luxury recliner seating

·        Premium Large Format (B&B Grand Screens®)

·        IMAX®

·        In-Theatre dining concept (Marquee Suites®)

·        Extended concession menu

·        Bar and Lounge concepts (Marquee Bars and Lounges®)

·        Arcades

·        Drive-In theatres

 

If you are interested in a new build, remodel or build to suit please contact us at development@bbtheatres.com

Please note: B&B Theatres will not build within a 4-mile radius of another first run operator. 

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