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August 16, 2013

Cinema construction in slow motion

Theater opening gets pushed back again

The opening for the new movie theater in Logansport has been pushed back yet again, continuing a trend the general manager says is forcing him to do away with setting deadlines for the time being.

“I’m not going to set any deadlines going forward on anything,” said Richard Diffenbach, general manager of Mary Max Cinemas 5. “It’s counterproductive. We’re working toward getting the theater completed and it’s just counterproductive to try to artificially set some target, get people’s hopes up and then have to reset things.”

The five-screen theater currently being built between High Street and Lexington Road was last expected to open this month. Before that, the theater company’s owner, Bill Hawes, said he expected it to open as soon as employee training was completed, which he projected to be by the end of March at the earliest.

Diffenbach said workers have painted the exterior of the building and have started to grade the parking lot. Interior framing is currently underway, with electrical work, plumbing and drywall to follow. Work on the theater’s entrance will begin in the near future, he added.

“Things are progressing inside and outside and we’ll get her open as soon as we possibly can,” he said.

When visiting the construction site Monday, he said framing and electrical work was being done.

“It’s not like there are thousands of workers,” he said. “There were probably about 12 to 14 people in the building [Monday]. The main takeaway point here is things have not stopped. Things may be proceeding slower than what I or any of our potential customers will like, but things are continuing to move forward and we’ll get the building open and we’ll have an extremely nice movie-going experience once the facility does open.”

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