Robert Redford's Sundance Group will launch Sundance Cinemas, a movie theater chain for independent, documentary and foreign-language films as well as some studio projects.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Robert Redford's Sundance Group will launch Sundance Cinemas, a movie theater chain for independent, documentary and foreign-language films as well as some studio projects.

''Anything which helps new and interesting voices in the cultural realm reach more people can only enrich the experience of artists, audiences and communities,'' Redford said.

Other programming will include shorts, filmmaker interviews and public forums.

Sundance Cinemas will be operated by the theater management team of Paul Richardson and Vert Manzari. The pair has worked together since starting an exhibition theater in 1975. That enterprise was merged with Landmark Theatres in 1982, growing into the largest art theater circuit in the country. Richardson and Manzari left Landmark in 2004.

The number of new theaters was not released. But Manzari said Sundance Cinemas is looking nationally for locations.

Redford founded Sundance Group in 1988 to oversee his ownership interests in Sundance Village, Sundance Catalog and Sundance Channel, as well as his involvement in the nonprofit Sundance Institute, Sundance Film Festival and North Fork Preservation Alliance.