Malco Theatres, Inc. is a rarity in the movie theater industry. For more than a hundred years, the chain of cinemas has remained owned and operated by the Lightman family. In fact, it has remained so under four generations, a feat considering that many of its competitors have been acquired by larger corporations.
The Malco brand is also known for its family-friendly approach toward entertainment. Thus, the company also owns and operates family entertainment centers and bowling centers.
Below are the estimated Malco ticket prices.
Before 6:30 P.M.
|Children (ages 2-11) - Before 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$6.51|
|Adults (ages 12 & up) - Before 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$7.51|
|Seniors (ages 65+)- Before 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$6.51|
After 6:30 P.M.
|Children (ages 2-11) - After 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$5.51|
|Adults (ages 12 & up) - After 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$7.00|
|Seniors (ages 65+) - After 6:30P.M. Starting Price||$6.51|
In February 1915, Morris Lightman, Sr. established The Sterling Amusement Company. He then opened The Liberty Theater, a storefront theater, in the same year and followed it with The Majestic, a theater with a 400-seat capacity in August 1919.
Through the years, the chain grew but it also encountered its fair share of challenges including near-buyouts by its competitors. But as previously stated, it has remained a family-owned and operated business for more than a hundred years.
There are currently 33 theaters with more than 340 screens in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Kentucky. The bowling centers and family entertainment centers are in separate locations from the movie theaters.
Movies and Bowling
All Malco Theater locations use full digital projection technology. The systems used include Dolby Digital Cinema and Dolby Digital 3D systems, both of which are considered the latest in audio-visual technology in theaters. Many of the Malco theaters, nonetheless, are still equipped with film projection systems.
The theaters are named in a creative manner with many of them taking the name of the city these are in, such as the Bartlett Cinema in Bartlett, Tennessee and Oxford Commons Cinema in Oxford, Mississippi. Other locations include Forest Hill Cinema (Germantown, Tennessee), The Paradiso (Memphis, Tennessee), The Sunset (Springdale, Arkansas), and The Razorville (Fayetteville, Arkansas).
The bowling centers are Premier Lanes (Oxford, MS), Circle Bowl (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Acadiana Lanes (Lafayette, Louisiana), and Lafayette Lanes (Lafayette, Louisiana). These are family-friendly centers that provide customers with several world-class lanes, as well as top-notch customer service, a wide range of food and drinks selection, and spacious events areas.
Customers can buy their tickets either at the theater’s box office or via the official website. The online ticketing system makes it convenient to book your tickets and reserve your seats, thus, allowing for faster entry into the auditorium. There’s also an online verification system available for ticket purchases.
Note: Online ticket purchases are subject to a fee. These are also available exclusively on Malco’s official website. The ticket prices for matinee and evening shows are also different.
The chain offers Midnight and Twilight Shows. The Summer Drive-In shows differ in opening times depending on the season – dusk for summer, early evening for winter and fall.
Children under 2 years old have free admission. Child ticket prices apply to children 2 to 11 years old while adult ticket prices apply to individuals 12 years old and above. Senior tickets, which are discounted, are available for people 65 years old and above. Keep in mind that valid proof of identification may be required to verify the age.
For R-rated movies, only an individual 17 years old and up will be allowed to buy the tickets; in other areas, the minimum age may be 18 years old. Buying tickets for and bringing along an underage child to an R-rated movie are allowed in selected areas; the exceptions are the Paradiso and Columbus Cinemas.
All Malco theaters honor the chain’s passes. These include the Complimentary Pass, VIP Pass, and VIP Concession Tickets. Terms and conditions apply on these passes, such as film admission guidelines. Also, a Complimentary Pass cannot be used for special events, which include opera shows, live concerts, and live theater.
The theaters are also equipped to host personal gatherings, such as birthday parties and private showings, corporate events, and even church meetings. Be sure to contact your nearest Malco theater’s manager for more details on rentals, venues and amenities available for your event.
The concession fare include the standard kettle popcorn, candies and chocolates as well as fountain drinks. The popcorn, according to the management, is cooked in zero trans-fat oil; the oil is kosher and gluten-free.
Malco gift cards can be purchased online (The Malco Store) and at the theaters’ kiosks. These are prepaid cards that can be used to purchase tickets and concessions at the theaters. These gift cards are also reloadable starting at $10 (minimum) and usable by any person since specific names don’t appear on their faces.
All Malco theaters also have handicap-accessible facilities and companion seating. There are also headphones for the hearing-impaired customers while many locations also offer schedules for open caption films.
Individuals, groups and organizations that will benefit from buying movie tickets in bulk should consider the Malco VIP Ticket Program. The VIP Tickets and Concession Vouchers availed of under the program are accepted in all Malco theaters, as well as never expire so these are great gifts, too.
To find a Malco Theater near you, visit their official website.