A 14-auditorium movie theater was announced Thursday afternoon as the next facet of the Village at Riverwatch development.
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.