Big changes coming for movie-goers in Wenatchee
WENATCHEE, WA — By this time next year, if all goes as planned, the cinema scene here shall be much changed. Sun Basin Theatres plans to open an upscale new cinema, to be called the Gateway Center 14, which will be drastic remodeling of a former closed discount store. At the same time, Sun Basin will have closed both the Columbia Cinema in East Wenatchee and the nearly sixty-year-old Vue Dale Drive-In .
The $8 million renovation project of the old Kmart will reroute many movie fans to the former retail building in the Olds Station shopping center, unofficially called Gateway Center. It will increase the number of movie screens in the Wenatchee area from 15 to 21, add 11 new digital projectors, and expand the number of available seats by the hundreds.
“We see this project as an opportunity to give this old shopping center a new injection of life,” said Sun Basin’s general manager Bryan Cook. “We’ll be offering a top-notch movie experience. But we’ll also be attempting to rebrand and re-energize this development as a vital retail center that serves all of North Central Washington.”
The story, with a drawing of the new megaplex, is in the Wenatchee World.