by Sarah Einselen
Contractors broke ground last week at the site of the city’s new five-plex movie theater said to include cutting-edge movie projection technology.
“We didn’t have an official event, but technically the ground is already broken,” said Bill Hawes, a manager with Logansport Theater LLC.
The company had earlier planned to break ground the first week of December, according to previous news reports.
Staking and surveying the plot at the tract of land between High Street and Lexington Road on the city’s east side was completed over the holidays, Hawes said. The site’s utility work started last week.
Hawes hopes to be in the ground in the next four weeks. “The structural steel is on its way as we speak,” he said.
Hiring has also been planned for the four full-time and roughly 28 part-time positions at the theater. The total number of positions to be filled may top that estimate, Hawes said.
The company will bring in the theater’s manager in February and expects to have the rest of the employees hired and into training fairly quickly.
Equipment for the theater is still on its way, said Hawes, but should arrive before the Feb. 17 industry-wide release.
“It’s still a little bit of a challenge to get anything out of the industry early,” Hawes added.
He expects to open the theater as soon as training is complete, which would be by the end of March at the earliest.
Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151.