Hartford to get Luxury Cinema with Grill
posted by Taxi on March 31, 2011 at 10:45 am
HARTFORD, CT — This is the cinema I thought we were getting in West Hartford. I am looking foward to having another choice to see movies in the area.
Spotlight Theatres, which operates two venues in Georgia, said it plans a multiscreen venue at Front Street, across the street from the Connecticut Convention Center. The theaters will include stadium seating, high-back chairs, digital projection and an accompanying grill where patrons may order dinner.
Read more in the Hartford Courant.
I have to be skeptical that this will ever get built. If you go to Spotlight Theatres website you’ll see press releases for two theatres (Loganville and Union City, Georgia) that apparently were enver built.
What’s the rest of the project look like? Downtown Hartford could certainly use a movie theatre and more shopping (granted there’s a few fun bars downtown, theatre and restaurants – there’s little else). I would be great somehow if Real Art Ways could have a presence downtown.
I’m surprised there’s out of market interest in Hartford downtown. Perhaps if there was larger retail commitment they could have attract a more national chain (AMC/Rave/Regal). A cinema grill would work – – an Alamo Drafthouse franchise + Hartford – – that’d be an amazing contribution to the cinema scene. (Full disclosure: the Hartford International Film Festival has been kind enough to support/show my work for the past three years, so I think very highly of the Hartford movie-going scene).
I’m from Spotlight Theatres, and I understand your concern. The other two projects you mentioned were on the books at one time, however, the mall in Union City is now closed, and the property the developer had in Loganville went into receivership by the bank. I can assure you this project is moving forward, and we’re targeting a November opening. If you have any questions about the theatre location, feel free to direct them to our PR Agent, Marie McClaflin, at 704-756-4577.
I can assure you that you will be very pleased with the finished product.
COO Alerion Services / Spotlight Theatres
Mike – the Hartford International Film Fest is in November – that’d be an awesome way to open a new plex.