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The Evil Sam Graham

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From: Des Moines, IA
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 - posted April 19, 2006 08:47 PM      Profile for The Evil Sam Graham   Author's Homepage   Email The Evil Sam Graham         Edit/Delete Post 
SOURCE:, who has no reason to complain about the article being posted here since they stole one of MY pictures from cinematour for the article. [Razz]

Movie complex now set for Bloomington
By Scott Miller

BLOOMINGTON — A 14-screen theater complex should open by Christmas in west Bloomington, not at the Normal location originally planned. Wehrenberg Inc. of St. Louis purchased land at the Interchange City West lot behind Farm and Fleet, just east of Wal-Mart and across from Steak-n-Shake, Aldi and the Wingate Inn on Wylie Drive, the company announced Thursday.

The Normal location did not allow Wehrenberg to build the type of theater complex the company wanted, said spokeswoman Kelly Hoskins, declining to be more specific.

"Other areas we were looking at were a little more restrictive. We couldn’t be flexible in what we were going to build," she said.

Originally, Wehrenberg planned to build a complex as part of the Constitution Trail Center development at Raab Road and Main Street in Normal.

Principals of the development, Clary Development and Dial Properties, said in February that the Wehrenberg deal expired and may or may not be part of the development that included a Schnucks Marketplace. At the time, company officials expected to build a theater regardless.

Steve Clary, chairman of Clary Development, and Terry Clauff, chief executive officer for Dial Properties, were unavailable Thursday to discuss plans for the Constitution Trail Center.

Construction of the Wehrenberg Theatre in Bloomington, dubbed the Galaxy 14 Cine, should begin this summer and conclude by Christmas, Hoskins said.

Preliminary plans include 14 screens, total seating capacity of 2,800-plus, a Family Entertainment Area with a virtual rollercoaster and flight simulator and Fred’s Drive-In, a small restaurant serving toasted ravioli, chicken strips, pizza and ice cream, among other menu items.

One of the 14 auditoriums will seat 500 people and have a 70-foot-by-50-foot screen. The typical auditorium seats anywhere from 299 to 399 people, Hoskins said.

"You’re the first market we’re bringing (the mega-screen) to outside of St. Louis," said Hoskins, who didn’t know the dimensions of a typical screen.

Wehrenberg still needs building permits from the city, and architects must finish drawing blueprints for the company seeks city approval, she said.

The addition of 14 screens will bring the marquee lineup in Bloomington-Normal to 42 screens n two fewer than in Peoria n and add competition to a market now dominated by Springfield-based GKC.

In 1999, Wehrenberg announced plans to build a 16-screen complex along Illinois 9, west of Farm & Fleet. However, when the company did not extend its option on the land, it was sold to Wal-Mart, which opened on the site in 2002.

Wehrenberg then reorganized after a bankruptcy filing in 2001.

(EDIT: Thanks, Kyle. It really was a typo...I knew it was in IL.)

[ April 27, 2006, 05:15 PM: Message edited by: The Evil Sam Graham ]

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Kyle Muldrow

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From: Laguna Hills, CA
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 - posted April 26, 2006 05:55 PM      Profile for Kyle Muldrow   Author's Homepage   Email Kyle Muldrow         Edit/Delete Post 
Actually, Sam, this theater is in Bloomington, Illinois (IL), not Bloomington, Indiana (IN). Don't mean to nitpick, just pointing out a slight typo.

[ April 27, 2006, 02:19 PM: Message edited by: Kyle Muldrow ]

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