Saturday, September 15, 2012
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Shaq now an NJ movie theater co-owner

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[September 15, 2012]  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal has a new kind of movie project: theater owner.

O'Neal, a four-time NBA champion, grew up in Newark, and now co-owns and operates the CityPlex 12 theater near downtown.

O'Neal and Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally opened the renovated, expanded theater Friday afternoon. It includes an auditorium with a 47-foot-wide screen. It partially reopened in May after being closed for renovations.

The project added six screens and 20,000 feet to the theater on Springfield Ave.

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O'Neal, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2000, joked that the theater shouldn't screen his movie 'Kazaam' if it wants to stay in business.

Funding for the $7 million project came from Goldman Sachs Urban Investment group and other development companies. The theater will hold a promotion called "30 Days of Shaqness" that offers discounts and promotions.

[Associated Press]

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