WORTHINGTON — Members of the Worthington City Council, Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau joined developers Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the new entertainment spec building, which will include a movie theater.

"The first of next week we should be started on the foundation," said Lewayne Pigman, CEO of Tri-State General Contracting of Jackson. The contractor is just waiting on approval of final drawings before getting started.

Pigman noted that this development has been in the works for six years.

"The city is very good about keeping us in the loop," noted movie theater operator Todd Frager. "They want us involved."

Frager added that he and his business partner, Kevin Donovan, have already selected colors for the theater's decor — "but it's a surprise." They have also decided to include fully reclining seats for each of the five movie screens.

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Donovan explained that the name of the cinema will be the New Grand Theater, a name that pays homage to Worthington's Grand Theater, which was open on 10th Street from 1909 to 1955.

Frager and Donovan are working to ensure that the New Grand Theater offers the ideal movie-watching experience.

"People will remember that," Donovan said, "the first movie they watch in this theater."

Pigman said construction is planned for completion in time for a May 1, 2020 opening.