West Cinema back in busi­ness

♦ Cedar­town land­mark re-opens af­ter months of ren­o­va­tion work in 2018

The Standard Journal - - REVIEW AND FORECAST - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

It felt like a red car­pet af­fair for some peo­ple who have been pa­tiently wait­ing to get back into a lo­cal the­ater and see a film.

For West Cinema owner Michael Tin­ney, it’s been a months-long in­vest­ment of time and money to get the his­toric the­ater back up and run­ning. He fi­nally got to call it fin­ished and opened the doors this past week­end, and greeted large crowds who got to en­joy all the work he’s put back into down­town Cedar­town.

“I think that this is some­thing you’d prob­a­bly ex­pect to see in a big, big city,” Tin­ney said dur­ing a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony of lo­cal of­fi­cials last Fri­day be­fore the box of­fices opened dur­ing the af­ter­noon. “But we have it right here in Cedar­town.”

The wait ended with a lot of shock and awe for those who got a sneak peek prior to the doors open­ing again last week­end. Tin­ney took of­fi­cials on a tour of all the ren­o­va­tions com­pleted on the the­ater, in­clud­ing the re-open­ing of the bal­cony area as two screens, VIP ar­eas open for rental at $160 a show, new bath­rooms, and brand new seats and screens.

De­sign fea­tures also in­clude the Cedar­town High School col­ors of black, red, grey and white through­out, in­clud­ing red seats with “West Cinema” em­broi­dered into the head rests.

Those VIP boxes are the best seats in the house for the two large screens and are pri­vate bal­conies, where up to 8 peo­ple can en­joy leather re­clin­ing seats for a show­ing.

West Cinema even has brand new bath­rooms in­clud­ing a hand­i­cappedac­ces­si­ble pri­vate bath­room, con­ces­sion ar­eas, and even an ad­di­tional box of­fice for when there’s a need to over­flow ticket sales when they get busy.

There’s even brand new chan­de­lier in the lobby that pro­vides a touch of el­e­gance in an oth­er­wise grow­ing dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence. Even the menu boards for the con­ces­sion stand are tele­vi­sion screens, and Tin­ney plans to sell ad­ver­tis­ing on ad­di­tional screens in the lobby as well.

The con­sen­sus among those who stopped by for last Fri­day af­ter­noon’s rib­bon cut­ting and tour was ex­cite­ment over the new space, and plans to pur­chase tick­ets as soon as they can.

Right now, the the­ater will be show­ing ‘The Grinch,” “Fan­tas­tic Beats: The Crimes of Grindel­wald,” “Hal­loween” and “Venom.”

Show times are 7 and 9 p.m. on Fri­days and Satur­days, and 7 p.m. on Sun­days and Mon­days to start.

Tin­ney hopes the the­ater re­mains busy af­ter he made a big in­vest­ment he didn’t wish to dis­close the fi­nal fig­ures of, but said it was well above six fig­ures of work put back into the the­ater.

With the project done, he hopes the com­mu­nity will ap­pre­ci­ate all the changes he’s made in the past months.

All of th­ese changes and more are some that Tin­ney hopes the com­mu­nity as a whole will en­joy.

“I ask that every­one come out and sup­port it, and get the word out and share it,” he said. “That’s the way that we’re go­ing to make Cedar­town great.”

Tin­ney told lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and of­fi­cials he’s just get­ting started in down­town Cedar­town.

“I plan on do­ing a lot more things in Cedar­town and Polk County,” Tin­ney said. “This is where I’ m at.”

/ Kevin Myrick

West Cinema owner Michael Tin­ney (cen­ter) joined with lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of West Cinema on Fri­day, Nov. 16.

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