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Yesterday afternoon an e-mail went out to local entertainment media announcing the reopening of Hampden's Rotunda movie theater today, with Angels and Demons and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, as reported in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal today. The new owner is the New Jersey-based Horizon Cinemas, which the Baltimore-based managing partner Ira Miller says acquired the theater May 1.

Miller has been involved with the Rotunda before. "I was involved with the first opening of the Rotunda back in 1974," Miller says when reached by phone on the afternoon of May 15. Miller-who says he was a one-time vice president with MGM and has been in the movie business in some form since 1967-was the film buyer and head of marketing for the Rotunda's original owner, JF Theaters.

Miller says the Rotunda plans on being a two-screen first-run theater with a few ideas for programming wrinkles in the coming months. "We're going to do free movies every Wednesday when the kids are out of school during the summer," he says. "And we're going to look at doing alternative things at the theater and really be an asset to the community there. We're just very excited."

The Rotunda's basic information remains the same: 711 W. 40th St., (410) 235-4800. Miller says a web site is forthcoming, but movie times can be found via movies.yahoo.com.

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