COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A national theater company announced on Wednesday plans to build a new 10-screen cinema at The Commons at BullStreet project in Columbia.
To be located in the heart of development, the state-of-the-art Cobb Luxury Theatre is slated to be open by the summer of 2018.
"We are very excited to be joining The Commons at BullStreet as its entertainment anchor," Frank Stryjewski, Chief Operations Officer of Cobb Theatres said. "We are dedicated to offering our guests the finest movie-going experience available by offering the best movies, amenities and service to every guest."
The theatre will have all reserved, oversized and overstuffed electric reclining seats, a full service restaurant and bar offering American Bistro cuisine, with hand-crafted pizzas and an attractive selection of beer and wine to those who may or may not be there to enjoy a movie.
The theatre complex will also feature a self-serve, walk through concession area offering all drinks, snacks and candies, including soft serve yogurt with an assortment of toppings to choose from.
Company officials say the theatre will look to redefine the movie going experience by offering a refined and expanded "day or night at the movies" focused on quality, comfort and convenience.
"We were excited to learn today that Cobb Theatres has executed a lease to bring their Luxury concept to the Commons at BullStreet," Robert Hughes, Chief Operating Officer of Hughes Development said. "This announcement for the retail development within BullStreet fits perfectly with our vision of a family-friendly environment where people from all walks of life can experience a first-class city within a city."
Mayor Steve Benjamin is also pleased with the plans for the theatre.
"What's going to happen at Bull Street: 11,000 new jobs; $1.2 billion in annual economic impact; the Fireflies are breaking baseball records here on campus already," Benjamin said. "The movie theater is going to help bring lots of people downtown."
"As master developer, we are very pleased with the progress made on BullStreet to date," Hughes said. "Two buildings have been renovated (The Bakery and Parker Annex), another one is starting (Ensor), and we have built a first-class office building (First Base Building). Our partner developers are in the process of renovating the Babcock Building into apartments, awaiting County Council approval on student housing, working on approvals for townhomes, and in the pre-development stage for other major projects. We are the first urban gigabit neighborhood in South Carolina, and all of this has happened while Spirit Communications Park has shattered attendance records for professional sports in Columbia "
"Today's announcement exemplifies the success our retail development partner is having and we are energized by their progress," Hughes said. "BullStreet as a whole is still a 20-year project, but we are ahead of schedule and are excited for what lies ahead."
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