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Movie theater in early stages of development; hope is for summer completion

WORTHINGTON -- The movie theater being developed by PBK Investments is still on track to show movies this year, though it remains in the early stages of development.

WORTHINGTON - The movie theater being developed by PBK Investments is still on track to show movies this year, though it remains in the early stages of development.

 

PBK owner Brian Pellowski said his company is in the process of starting civil engineering today, and has an architectural firm working on exterior elevation designs.

 

“The hope is to get that accomplished in March before planning commission sometime in April,” Pellowski said.

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The theater will be located off of U.S. 59 and Bioscience Drive, next to Comfort Suites & Conference Center. Pellowski wasn’t certain when the theater would be open for business, but was optimistic it would be ready sometime this summer.

 

“The hopes are, if everything goes correct, we can get this thing in the ground probably late May and hopefully be open by August,” he said.

 

In November, PBK showed off preliminary plans of the proposed building, which houses five screens, four of which have 50 seats and one with 99 - bringing the total to 299 seats. The designs also show a 22-foot-tall building with a lobby, concession stand and two bathrooms.

 

Worthington construction company Fullerton Building Systems will be manufacturing the building once architectural and civil plans are complete. As Fullerton constructed the Hy-Vee Gas & Grocery building on-site in three days, Pellowski said it would help speed up the process.

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“It doesn’t take very long with Fullerton; they can get a building up in a week,” Pellowski said.

 

Todd Frager, former Northland Cinema 5 owner, will manage the movie theater. He manages Madison Movie Theatre and West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, S.D., along with Fairmont Theater in Fairmont - a theater Pellowski built in 1995.

 

Frager will take care of the interior of the building, while Pellowski will provide the shell of the building and the walls.

Worthington has been without a traditional movie theater since Sept. 27, 2015, when Northland Cinema 5 closed its doors.

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