New movie theater announced for midtown Wilmington

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Rendering of the future Stone Theaters movie multiplex planned for midtown Wilmington courtesy of Stone Theaters.
Rendering of the future Stone Theatres multiplex planned for midtown Wilmington courtesy of Stone Theaters.

Charlotte-based Stone Theatres announced on Thursday that the company plans to build a 14-screen movie theater at Barclay Festival, a 34-acre mixed-used development at Independence Boulevard and 17th Street.

The 55,000-square-foot cinema is expected to open in late fall 2016 or early 2017, according to a news release from the company.  The theater will feature more than 2,800 stadium seats, 14 full expanded wall-to-wall screens, 2D and 3D digital projection, a PDX premium deluxe auditorium, state-of-the-art digital sound systems, and captioning and descriptive service for hearing visually impaired guests.

“There is tremendous pent up demand in this area of Wilmington for a second multi-screen cinema,” said Herman Stone, president and CEO of Stone Theatres. “Our facility will be a modern and convenient show palace that will fulfill a need for the growing community and create synergy within the development. We expect to build a state-of-the-art cinema unlike any other in the market and are thrilled to be a part of this project.”

Barclay Festival is a joint venture development between Cameron Land Company of Wilmington and Collett of Charlotte.

According to Hill Rogers, Broker in Charge, Cameron Management Inc., Barclay Festival will also feature a grocery store, numerous restaurants and shopping, all within a walkable master planned community.

“We are thrilled to have Stone Theatres committed to our project in Wilmington,” Rogers said. “Herman Stone and his team are a first-class organization, known in the industry as a leading regional operator with decades of experience building and operating high end cinemas. We expect this cinema will be a catalyst for drawing thousands of customers on a weekly basis to Barclay Festival.

“This development will create jobs and an economic boost to the community.”