Thursday, October 13, 2005
Construction has begun on the Wildhorse Stadium Cinema, and developers hope the complex will be ready for moviegoers by April.
The six-screen theater is in Wildhorse Marketplace near U.S. Highway 40 and Mount Werner Road.
Developer Whitney Ward said the construction timetable is dependent on the weather and the availability of concrete.
"We're on the fast track toward getting it done," Ward said.
The two-story theater building would comprise 13,572 square feet and give Steamboat its first taste of elevated, or stadium, seating.
The tenant will be Rocky Mountain Resort Cinemas, which operates movie theaters in ski towns including Sun Valley, Idaho; Park City, Utah; Whistler, British Columbia; and Aspen.
Theater operator Marshall Smith said Wildhorse Stadium Cinema would give Steamboat the number of high-quality screens needed to host film festivals similar to those found in other mountain towns.
During a Planning Com--mission hearing earlier this year, Smith said Steamboat is a "50-50 allocation market," which he said will protect the downtown Chief Plaza theater run by Carmike Cinema. That means major film distributors will split their new releases as evenly as possible among the theaters in the market.
At Wildhorse Stadium Cin--ema, the largest of the six stadium theaters will offer 185 seats.
Ward said officials with Truffle Pig, a bistro-style restaurant, are in discussions with an architect and tentatively plan to open a location in Wildhorse Marketplace in June.
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