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Worthington City Council approves movie theater lease, construction contracts

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Site of Worthington's future movie theater

WORTHINGTON — People may begin viewing movies at a movie theater in Worthington as soon as spring/summer 2020.

During its meeting Monday evening, the Worthington City Council unanimously approved both a construction contract for a 19,527-square-foot, 376-person capacity entertainment spec building and an operator’s lease agreement with Todd Frager of The Movie Guy, Inc.

“This will be the last summer that Worthington doesn’t have movies playing in its town,” Frager said. “I think that it’ll be such a special place for the small towns that other towns will be envious of Worthington, for the theater we’re going to have here. That’s what you’ve done and I appreciate the opportunity.”

The construction contract was awarded to Tri-State General Contracting of Jackson. Tri-State’s bid of $3,795,000 was the lowest of four submitted bids. The steel building will be located on city-owned property along Interstate 90 near north Grand Avenue and Darling Drive.

Completion is intended by April 15, 2020.

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For more on this story and other city council business, visit Wednesday’s edition of The Globe.

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