Town holds public meeting to discuss movie theater proposal
by Pinedale Online!
Original post July 28, 2015 | Updated July 29, 2015)
Editor's update 7/29/15: Mayor Bob Jones sent in an update on the expected annual maintenance for the theater facility, which at the meeting was estimated to be around $1/2 million: "The real number is more like $200,000 for total operating costs." The Town of Pinedale has added links to the business plan and financial information for the proposal on their website.
Original post 7/28/15:
The Pinedale Town Council chambers were packed to overflowing Monday evening for a public meeting to discuss a proposal for the Town to build a movie theater complex. The Council heard comments and discussion for an hour and a half on the topic with many people speaking both for and against the proposal and asking questions. The location, final configuration, and management details have not been worked out to any great detail at this time. The current proposal is to spend $2 million of Town reserve money on a three theater movie complex. Annual maintenance is estimated to be about $˝ million. On a general show of hands regarding how people felt about the project, the vast majority raised their hands on being neutral and wanting more information, about 17 people said they were for the theater, and a handful of people said they were against it.
The Town Council decided they want to have more discussion about the idea and come up with more solid details, partnering options, and financial analyses of proposed options. The Town plans to hold another public meeting sometime in the future to continue the discussion. Information and more details about the proposal so far will be posted on the Town’s website, www.townofpinedale.us.