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July 1, 2013

Multiplex opening pushed back

Construction, equipment availability reason behind delay

The manager of the new movie theater currently being built in Logansport and city officials are saying the theater’s opening is being moved to August because of construction schedules and equipment that won’t be available until late July.

Construction on the 16,000-square-foot Mary Max Cinemas Logansport 5 began this winter between High Street and Lexington Road. The project will cost about $4 million, about $225,000 of which will come from one of the city’s tax increment financing funds.

The theater was expected to open this summer, but construction and equipment availability are forcing the opening to be pushed back to the end of August.

“Construction has gone slower than anticipated,” said Richard Diffenbach, general manager of the theater.

At the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Wednesday, Logansport Building Commissioner Bill Drinkwine said he is awaiting a completion schedule from the contractors.

“They’re not moving at the greatest speed in my opinion,” he said.

Diffenbach went on to say about 15 different subcontractors are currently working on the building in the areas of plumbing, electrical, drywall and painting.

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, who chairs the board, said he has visited with those involved in the project and that another part of the delay is “yet another update on seating.”

“They need to order new equipment that can’t be ordered until the end of July,” Franklin said.

Diffenbach said the seats will go up to a person’s head, recline and lock in place.

A similar model of what kind of seating the theater will have will be on display at the theater’s booth at the Cass County 4-H Fair, Diffenbach said, along with a raffle for free movie passes.

Diffenbach added employee training will occur a few days before the theater’s opening. During this time, he said the theater will also be screening films from last year and earlier this year for discounted prices to “show off the theater.”

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