UltraStar Cinemas offers more than a night at the movies. The Vista, Calif.-based theater chain strives to give its moviegoers a full entertainment experience complete with exemplary customer service and, in particular, high-quality food.

If you think texting by a fellow guest in a movie theater is distracting, imagine how annoying it is listening to clattering knives on china as he or she cuts into a filet. This is not the Frank Entertainment experience.

In a sea of corporate-run movie theater chains, Malco Theaters Inc. has effectively swum against the tide. The fourth-generation family owned business is the 15th-largest theater circuit in the country and has operated throughout the south-central United States for more than nine decades. The Memphis-based company will continue its success by maintaining its tradition of providing quality, personalized services while staying ahead of new trends, Senior Vice President Larry Etter says.

The last few years have seen a changing landscape at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, N.J., ever since Union County, KemperSports and their partners held a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings in August 2011. Construction of a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse and a 4,150-square-foot building to complete The Learning Center at Galloping Hill are major pieces of ensuring a successful future for the course.

In 2009, voters in Ohio approved an amendment to the state constitution to allow casinos in the state’s four largest cities. To take advantage of the new opportunity this development afforded them, Rock Gaming LLC joined forces with Caesars Entertainment Corp. to build and operate casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

An economic driver of the entire Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee will be strengthened with the completion of the 20-story Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel. “We’re in an industrial valley for the most part, so it will be the only 20-story structure for quite a ways,” points out David Brien, facilities director for the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. “So that will make it stand out. We wanted to make it an identifiable profile on the Milwaukee skyline.”

The Ohiya Casino and Resort in Niobrara, Neb., is ready for players. The casino, owned and operated by the Santee Sioux Nation, was built in record time, breaking ground in June 2012 and being turned over to the owner before Christmas. The casino was opened to the public in January.

The 60,000-square-foot facility was built by Taylor Woodstone, a construction company headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., with extensive experience in the Native American gaming and hospitality industry. Taylor Woodstone’s portfolio includes a 76,000-square-foot project in Red Lake, Minn.; a 50-room hotel and casino with 300 machines in Red Cliff, Wis.; and the North Star casino in Bowler, Wis., a 600,000-square-foot facility with 60,000 square feet of gaming, 1,500 machines and a 97-room hotel.

When it comes to commercial property development projects, Las Vegas has historically been home to some of the most unique projects in the world. But the economic downturn has hit the city hard, and companies like Caesars Entertainment Corp. have had to look beyond the typical hotel and casino projects. In August 2011, the company announced plans to develop The Linq, a project that will be unlike anything the city has previously seen and, it is hoped, will reinvigorate tourism on the Strip.

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