Windy City theater owner looks to expand

Donzell Starks now controls 20% of movie screens in Chicago

industry. He’s had an impact.”

But others are quick to point out that Starks developed his landmark Cineplex Odeon relationship without a famous name. “Donzell got into the business before Magic Johnson,” says Winton. “Don did it from scratch, and now he’s sort of a golden boy.”

Beyond Chicago, Starks is negotiating theater contracts for Charlotte, North Carolina, Cleveland, Gary, Indiana, and Richmond, Virginia.

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