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Council to consider authorizing plans for new movie theater Monday

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council will consider a professional services agreement to create plans for a city-built movie theater Monday.

The city is exploring the possibility of a city-built movie theater located near Fareway that would be leased by Todd Frager, owner of the former Northland Cinema and theater properties in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The professional services agreement with Hudson, Wis.-based Studio 3 Design would cost roughly $8,500. The proposal calls for a 20,000-square-foot building with six auditoriums and about 500 seats, which would be 27-inch power recliners.

City officials have often reiterated how difficult it is for businesses to pay for the large up-front cost of building a new movie theater, or any new business.

Council members on Monday will also consider funding plans for an expansion of the outdoor swimming pool, and will look over new designs for the proposed Centennial Park Beach Nook overhaul.