Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Potential 'Good News'... again... in a week

So where did you catch Ironman or The Dark Knight this summer?? Well if you live in Kingman you didn't spend the cash within the current city limits and probably had to walk, bike, or drive 40 or so miles (one way) to catch the summer blockbusters.

Our good pal Dave Hawkins sent me the following article...



Kingman’s theater drought could end next year. The community has been without a movie house since Cinemark ended its run at The Movies on Stockton Hill Road late last year.

Cinemark would open at a new location under a site plan and conceptual elevation renderings submitted to the City of Kingman. "This would be the first step," City Planning Administrator Tom Duranceau said of the initial documents filed with the city.

The Mountain View Plaza project would occupy ten acres at Hualapai Mountain Road and Eastern Avenue. Undescribed commercial retail development is planned on a 4.15 acre parcel.

The 5.85 acre parcel would include 446 parking spaces, a two story 21,000 square foot commercial retail building and an eight screen, 26,000 square foot movie house to be leased by Cinemark.

Duranceau said the developers have not yet filed engineering or building plans. He said the project must conform to design standards specified for the Hualapai Mountain Road corridor.

Duranceau said developers envision a seven month construction campaign for the movie theater once all necessary approvals are secured.

City Council members Ray Lyons and Kerry Deering recently expressed frustration that local residents have had to travel to Lake Havasu City, Laughlin and elsewhere to enjoy a movie. They both speculated that Kingman may be the biggest city in America without a theater.

I'm gonna venture to say that whoever ends up being responsible for developing a new movie theater (and one as nice as this one sounds like it might be) is probably going to get a few free lunches once they open up the box office.

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