Shovels went into the ground Tuesday for Royal Oak’s new movie theater, shortly after Emagine Entertainment closed on the land.
“Everything’s on track and we’re ready to go,” says Paul Glantz, Emagine’s founder and chairman. “This baby’s been gestating for a long time. It’s time for it to be born.”
The $14 million entertainment center will offer more than a first-run theater: Food, liquor, and bowling are also in the plans. It’s expected to create 100 full-time jobs in the kitchen, at the ticket counter, and in the food-service area.
The 10-screen complex, 73,000 square feet spread over two stories, will be located on the parking lot on 11 Mile Road just east of Main Street, behind the Main Art Theatre. The project will house 1,680 seats and 16 bowling lanes. There will also be a private party area/meeting room on a second-floor mezzanine level over the main entrance.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is offering up a $1.25 million brownfield tax credit towards the project.
Plans are for the theater to be up and running by April, to get all the kinks worked out before next summer’s blockbuster season starts. “We’re hoping to build it very promptly so it can open next spring,” he says. “I’m ecstatic we’re moving forward.”
Source: Paul Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment
Writer: Kristin Lukowski