June 05--York'sHistorical Architectural Review Board approved the design for a new two-screen movie theater in the city's Northwest Triangle on Wednesday.
The developer of Sweet City Cinema scaled back the size of the project to about 13,000 square feet, down from the original 20,000 square feet, said Robert McCall, a principal with JKR Partners LLC, a Philadelphia architecture and design firm. The building includes two auditoriums with stadium seating. Each auditorium will have just over 200 seats.
Compared with the aging two-screen movie theaters in some cities, this one will be state-of-the-art, McCall said. The seats will be wider than in a standard movie theater with more leg room, he said.
The building's exterior have a glass lobby but will be made largely of brick, reflecting the look of nearby York Academy Regional Charter School and industrial buildings in the area, McCall said.
The project is budgeted at $3 million, developer Penn Ketchum said Tuesday. Ketchum said he is negotiating a loan for the project with Fulton Bank.
The theater would show first-run commercial movies, but also include the occasional classic film, Ketchum said. The cinema is planned to open in the next nine to 12 months, he reaffirmed Tuesday.
In other news, the board approved a plan by York Blue Moon to expand into the building next door at 355 W. Market St. Owners Darrell and Janine Tobin want to relocate the restaurant's bar to 355 W. Market St.'s first floor. The restaurant portion would remain in its current location at 361 W. Market St. with a pass-through between the two buildings.
Meanwhile, HARB also approved law firm Katherman Briggs & Greenberg's request to install a sign on the building on North George Street into which the firm will be moving. The 12-attorney firm is relocating its downtown York office to 110 N. George St. from its current location at 7 E. Market St., said Brian Strong, an attorney at the firm. The move is slated for Oct. 1, he said.
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