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Movie theater coming to Village at Riverwatch

Thursday, July 25, 2013 4:56 PM
Last updated 7:37 PM
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A 14-auditorium movie theater was announced Thursday afternoon as the next facet of the Village at Riverwatch development.

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Georgia Theatre Co. will build the theater, called Riverwatch 14 Cinemas, with stadium seating, wide-arc screens, and Dolby digital stereo sound and projection equipment. It will be part of the 92-acre development near Interstate 20 and River Watch Parkway, said Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

The theater will include a four-story auditorium equipped with 3-D digital cinema technology, Dolby 7.1 surround sound and high-back rocking chairs. Some auditoriums will have in-theater dining, Sprouse said.

“The theater complex will also have a full-service restaurant,” he said.

Construction is to begin in late 2013, with an opening date scheduled for fall 2014, Sprouse said.

Hiring will begin after the theater is built. The number of jobs that will be created at the theater was not released, Sprouse said.

Information on future job openings will be posted on the theater company’s Web site, www.georgiatheatrecompany.com.

The news came hours after plans were released for a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s sporting goods store in the development, which already has a Costco. On Wednesday, Columbia County officials announced plans for a Bass Prop Shops store at Flowing Wells Road and I-20.

Earlier in the week, Teleperformance announced 130 jobs will be added at the Wylds Road customer care center in Augusta.

“It’s been a pretty good week for Augusta-Richmond County,” Sprouse said. “It’s been ideal for us.”

Georgia Theatre Co. operates two local theaters: Masters Value Cinemas 7 on Washington Road in Augusta, a discount theater, and Evans Stadium Cinemas 14 on North Belair Road. The company has 30 other theaters across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia.

Telephone messages left for Georgia Theatre Co. and the site developer, MGHerring Group, were not immediately returned Thursday.

In addition to the two newest projects at the Village at Riverwatch, Sprouse said, the authority is also in talks with a hotel interested in the retail property.

“We’re continuing to see a lot of activity there, and we’ll just continue to keep pursuing it,” Sprouse said.

FUTURE JOBS

Job openings for Riverwatch 14 Cinemas will be posted at www.georgiatheatrecompany.com.

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countyman
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countyman 07/25/13 - 07:28 pm
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Augusta=regional shopping destination

Excellent.. I hope to see the news on the AC Facebook page also.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 07/25/13 - 08:00 pm
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Sounds pretty cool...

...will they have an IMAX theatre as well? Augusta has needed for sometime additional movie screens.

Why not some additional retail locations there as well considering that was originally what was suppose to go there.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/25/13 - 09:33 pm
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Wow!

Good business news just keeps on rolling today...
Now if only Books-a-Million would put a regular store in there, not the Second and Charles used thing they replaced their old store near SteinMart with...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/25/13 - 10:20 pm
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Traffic

I hope they add some turn lanes, or Riverwalk and Alexander will become a snail race in the evening.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/25/13 - 10:23 pm
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Movie theaters are dying

BadMoon posted:

Augusta has needed for sometime additional movie screens.

These new movie screens will not add to the numbers. They will merely replace the screens we already have. There will be vacant buildings on Washington Rd. when this theater opens.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/13 - 10:27 pm
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My family farm that I

My family farm that I inherited in Aiken County on the way to Wagner is pretty far out. I have friends out there who watch the land for me and I've run into them in Costco to my surprise. They said they find it easy to stay on I-20 instead of trying to go through Aiken to find things. They can get on I-20 up near Wagner and be here in 30 minutes. I'll bet going to movies will be the same way. A restaurant is needed next. The Villages at Riverwalk has the potential to be a fantastic and safe place for people from all over to shop and enjoy. I mean it's back on almost an island off Riverwatch with limited access. Super!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/25/13 - 10:25 pm
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@badmoon

They'll have a "Georgia Theatre Xtreme (GTX)" theater there. It's essentially IMAX without the name (or the insane licensing fees IMAX charges).

I'm interested in these in-theater dining options. The dinner during the movie concept is one we don't have anywhere near here, so that sounds kinda cool. Hopefully the dinner part won't be in line with the markup of the concessions at theaters nowadays.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/13 - 10:51 pm
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Imagine the cost of dinner at

Imagine the cost of dinner at the movie if it's like the price of everything else. $50 for a hamburger.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/25/13 - 11:30 pm
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Good Walk Spoiled

From my home I can walk to the proposed movie theater. Somehow, I doubt that I'll be seeing you guys there.

countyman
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countyman 07/26/13 - 01:17 am
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Next movie theater

The movie theater on Washington is the discount theater, and this one is much different.

The old movie theater in the Augusta West Plaza was purchased, but it might become a $2 movie theater. The next real movie theater should join the Target shopping center in South Augusta. The I-520/Windsor Spring/Peach Orchard corridor is the perfect spot. South Augusta would only need to redevelop the Regency Mall, and then build a mixed use/town center development south of Tobacco rd. The best locations are between Tobacco/Brown on Mike Padgett or along Peach Orchard between Willis Foreman/Hwy 88 in Hephzibah.

The only area who might steal the next Target from opening in South Augusta could be Southwest Augusta. There's a 25 acre shopping center & 10k sq. ft. strip center proposed for the land next to Zaxbys on Jimmie Dyess. They also have big plans for the land across the street from Zaxbys, and the 13 acre shopping center on Gordon Hwy going towards Grovetown might already be underway.

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JRC2024 07/26/13 - 01:24 am
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Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info Countryman. I am looking forward to the growth. What kind of apartments are being built next to Carmax. They are huge. I hope not Section8 or low income.

countyman
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countyman 07/26/13 - 01:54 am
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The addition of the movie

The addition of the movie theater, H&M, Bass Pro, and Cabela's makes Augusta one of the top southern regional shopping destinations.

I'm glad to hear the Augusta Canal will be incorporated into the VAR. Hopefully people can eventually take a boat ride from West Augusta to the Enterprise Mill near the CBD.

JRC... Why would even you think the apartments next to Carmax could have the possibility of being low income or section 8? The Bass Pro store is going right next door, and The Parc at Following Wells/Brigham Woods are two recent examples of new apartment communities in West Augusta. Those apartments near Carmax are very small, and I would love for us to start building 8 story plus towers. The rents will range from $825 to $1250.
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Georgia/Augusta/Gateway-Crossin...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/26/13 - 07:56 am
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Progress

Pretty exciting stuff.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/26/13 - 08:02 am
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Over 60,000 residents in the South Side areas

but not 1 movie theater?

If I were a 100% minority, I would wonder if this was race based or what?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/26/13 - 08:43 am
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There was an 8 screen Regal

There was an 8 screen Regal Cinema next to the old Regency Mall. If people were just flocking to South Augusta to watch movies then that one never would've closed. I just don't see a theater hitting that area any time soon unless it's out further where the new development is.

Also wouldn't think Jimmy Dyess would "steal" a Target from anywhere given the proximity to the other two and ease of access to either of them from that area.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/26/13 - 09:07 am
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Good news for everyone but South Augusta

Nothing new built there and yet the taxes keep going up....

countyman
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countyman 07/26/13 - 09:15 am
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The population of South

The population of South Augusta/Mcbean is probably over 90k.. The city limits of Hephzibah(Hwy 88) is between 5k-6k people, and you have a couple hundred living in Blythe.

The growth along Jimmie Dyess/Belair/Gordon Hwy(west of Jimmie Dyess) is the main reason for the new Walmart being constructed on Wrightsboro rd within a few short miles of the Martinez and South Augusta(under renovation) locations.

While the shopping center on Jimmie Dyess may just become the neighborhood center(Kroger or Publix being the anchor). I wouldn't be surprise if Target did open in the area.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/26/13 - 09:17 am
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Maybe right next to

Five Guys?

countyman
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countyman 07/26/13 - 09:18 am
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South Augusta

The Hampton Inn hotel and the Walgreens/3 acre development are underway. The restaurant some people mention daily is also building their fourth location there(Five Guys).

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/26/13 - 09:21 am
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Due to convenient location,

Due to convenient location, this theater may be plagued with some misbehaving folks from across the river. I know in the past a few of them have been kicked out of theaters for being loud and obnoxious with cell phones, etc.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/26/13 - 09:26 am
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When you are talking about

When you are talking about Dyess, and anything close to, or north of I-20; except for who is collecting the taxes, it is Columbia County.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/26/13 - 09:33 am
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How many conventions

are we having in the Mariott TEE center? Everytime I ride by it nothing going on...empty....I did notice that no word from our commissioners or Deke on the horrible trash service but Deke did show up to get his picture made for the Cabela announcement...what a joke ARC government is.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/26/13 - 10:33 am
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Tix/concessions have reached

Tix/concessions have reached the tipping point imho. People are able to get access to new movies pretty quickly after they debut in the theatres. They KNOW to eat before they go or pay $6-8 bucks for a regular pack of M & M's. Basically, I believe they've poisoned themselves and will burn before that phoenix rises again. But yeah, good luck with that new place.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/26/13 - 10:35 am
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Speaking of the TEE, did the

Speaking of the TEE, did the Cotton Patch succumb? I remember an article not too long ago where they were tanking after the fences and stuff from construction on the TEE.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/26/13 - 12:33 pm
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@itsanotherday

I had the same thought about the rowdies from across the river. I have been to the Evans theaters a few times in the evening and I saw those types there too and they are not well behaved!

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countyman 07/26/13 - 03:03 pm
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Jimmie Dyess

Only a very small portion of Jimmie Dyess is located in Columbia County. The road turns into South Belair rd very quickly while heading towards Martinez. I do believe the land in Columbia County near the Center for Primary Care is zoned for a smaller shopping center.

The growth I'm focusing on is located around Zaxby's near the Jimmie Dyess/Gordon Hwy intersection.

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bdouglas 07/27/13 - 10:44 pm
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Still don't see a Target

Still don't see a Target going in near that Zaxby's. Citing the fact that Walmart stores are that close together doesn't mean anything when comparing to Target. Apples to oranges. Walmart stores are a dime a dozen. Target stores are not. Different clientele. I don't disagree that there will be one somewhere south of I-20 and W/SW of 520, I just don't think it'll be right there. I honestly would think Grovetown before the southside. But I'm sure CM will still TD my post since he always does... (c;

And you can say "Travelers" and still be PC, folks! Everybody knows who you're referring to!

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