Movie complex to expand
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The Janesville Plan Commission will review the Movies 10 proposal when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Janesville Municipal Building, 18 N. Jackson St.
JANESVILLE Janesville would lose one of its two movie houses but gain six new movie screens under a plan proposed to the city.
The owner of Wildwood Theatres is asking the city for permission to expand its Movies 10 complex at 3100 Deerfield Drive in the Pine Tree Plaza.
Wildwood also owns the Rock Theatres, 1620 Newport Road. The owner would close Rock Theatres after an expanded Movies 10 opens, according to a memo to city council members.
Rock Theatres, which is 17 years old, would be “marketed for another use and owner,” the memo states. “Given the location and the number of theaters already in the community, it is unlikely that the re-use of the structure will be for theaters in the future. That property is zoned B2, Community Shopping District, which allows numerous commercial uses.”
Gale Price, manager of building and development services for the city, said he’s not surprised to hear that Rock Theatres might close. Its location is “terrible,” out of sight of nearby Milton Avenue and patrons, Price said.
Wildwood owner Tony Groh hinted he has exciting plans for Movies 10, but he declined to elaborate, saying he did not want the plan commission to think he was taking their approval for granted.
Groh said he’d be glad to talk about the project if the city approves it.
Groh and general contractor DEBCO of Janesville are requesting an amendment to the Pine Tree development’s conditional-use permit, which would allow the expansion to proceed.
Wildwood also owns the Luxury 10 Cinema, 2799 Cranston Ave., Beloit.
MOVIES 10 PROJECT DETAILS
Documents accompanying the plan commission agenda include these details about the proposed Movies 10 expansion project:
-- 10-screen complex expanded to 16 screens with additional rest rooms. Four new screens added to the west wing of the building, two to the east.
-- Probable new name: Movies 16.
-- The existing building, which opened in 1998, sits on 7.65 acres. The building comprises 31,632 square feet. The six new theaters would add 9,800 square feet.
-- The city is asking for an easement on the northwest corner of the property for a future bike trail segment as well as sidewalks connecting the site to the nearby residential area.
-- Parking: Movies 10 currently has 674 parking spaces and 1,980 theater seats. The expansion would leave 629 spaces. Theater seats would increase to 2,616. Normally, more parking would be required. However, city planning staff recommend no more parking spaces because adjoining parking areas provide enough spaces, even at peak shopping times.