Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oconee County Code Enforcement Issued Permits for Theaters at Epps Bridge Center

Red and Black

Construction is underway on the University 16 Stadium Theatre at Epps Bridge Centre following the issuance last month by the Oconee County Code Enforcement Office of a foundation permit and a shell permit for the 70,412-square-foot building.

The county currently is reviewing detailed building plans for the theater prior to issuing a full building permit.

Russ Henson, building inspector for the county, said Georgia Theatre Company plans to open the 16-screen facility by Memorial Day of 2013.

Theater Walls Visible

Grading continues on the shopping center, which will stretch from the Oconee Connecter intersection with SR Loop 10 to Epps Bridge Parkway. The four entrances off the Oconee Connector and the one entrance off Epps Bridge Parkway are now clearly laid out.

The theater building will have one story and a mezzanine.

Preliminary site plans show the theater close to SR Loop 10 with anchor stores and parking separating it from the Oconee Connector.

Site Plan with Theater in Black

(Click on any image to enlarge it.)

The facility will contain two theaters seating 344 persons, two seating 270 persons, two with 212 seats, two with 194 seats, two with 138 seats, two with 115 seats, two with 95 seats, and two with 85 seats.

One of the 344-seat theaters is labeled the red theater, and one is labeled the black theater.

The county issued the foundation building permit on Oct. 10, and the shell building permit on Oct. 29.

Sketch of Theater

The permits were issued to GTC Epps Bridge LLC, 50 Cinema Lane, St. Simons Island. The company was registered with the Georgia Secretary of State on Oct. 19, of 2011, by Rawson C. Gordon, an attorney and developer based in St. Simons Island.

The detailed plans submitted list Georgia Theatre Co. II as the owner and developer, with the 50 Cinema Lane address.

Georgia Theatre Company also operates the Beechwood Stadium Cinemas 11 and the Georgia Square Value Cinemas 5 in Athens as well as theaters around the state, in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia.

Benning Construction Company of Smyrna was the applicant for the building permits.

Entrance Near Theater

1 comment:

Beanne said...

I am puzzled by this development in that all I read says attendance at movie theaters is declining.