Metro-East News

Milwaukee company buys Wehrenberg Theaters

St. Clair 10 Cine movie theater at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. Wehrenberg Theaters, which operates St. Clair 10 and the O’Fallon 15 Cine in O’Fallon, was acquired by Milwaukee-based Marcus Theaters.
St. Clair 10 Cine movie theater at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. Wehrenberg Theaters, which operates St. Clair 10 and the O’Fallon 15 Cine in O’Fallon, was acquired by Milwaukee-based Marcus Theaters.

The company that operates two movie theaters in the metro-east has been acquired by a Milwaukee-based theater chain.

According to a company statement, Marcus Theaters will acquire the assets of St. Louis-based Wehernberg Theaters under terms that were not disclosed.

The statement indicated the transaction would close next month.

Wehrenberg operates 25 movie screens in the metro-east, including the St. Clair 10 Cine and the O’Fallon 15 Cine.

“Wehrenberg Theatres is highly respected in the industry, having served generations of moviegoers in four states with its premium service and strong family values. We will retain the Wehrenberg name on the acquired theatres,” Marcus President and CEO Rolando B. Rodriguez said in the statement.

According to Wehrenberg president William E. Menke, “We are pleased Marcus Theatres will carry on the dedication to our customers and communities that has been a hallmark of Wehrenberg Theatres since 1906. Our two companies share the same philosophy — providing customers with the best entertainment experience possible. We were fortunate to find another family-led circuit which also understands the extra commitment it takes to serve our neighborhoods.”

Once the acquisition is complete, Marcus’ footprint will include 885 movie screens in 68 theaters in eight states.

Wehrenberg’s empire included the two metro-east theaters, seven more in St. Louis and one each in Bloomington, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Lake Ozark, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Rochester, Minn.

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