Posted by Terry Alexander - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond will soon have its first new movie theater in 35 years. Movieland Bow Tie Cinemas will open on North Boulevard at the end of February.
The theater houses 17 screens with stadium seating for first-run movies. Seventy people will work at the theater. The owners, Ben Moss and his father Charlie Moss, say they are not worried about opening in a slumping economy.
"It doesn't worry me at all both because people tend to embrace the movies more when times are a little bit tough," Ben Moss said. "But more than that, we pride ourselves on offering real value for every dollar that somebody spends here."
Tickets will be market price and the theater is applying for an ABC license to sell beer and wine along with popcorn and candy.
"We have a product we think people are going to embrace. We are the least expensive form of out of home entertainment that there is," said Charlie.
Along with modern entertainment, the building, which was erected in the 1860s, has a historic past.
"It was originally built as a plant to manufacture locomotives, which were then shipped over to the railroad station which is now the Science Museum,"Charlie Moss said.
While paving the 800-car parking lot, crews found the original railroad track. Pieces of the track now make up the theater's industrial lobby.
There's even a historic brass foundry in the parking lot that will one day house a restaurant, making dinner and movie on the Boulevard an easy ticket.
The theater officially opens on Feb. 27. and will be playing all the Oscar-nominated movies for best picture.