KINGMAN - It has been nearly eight months since Cinemark closed the doors on The Movies, Kingman's lone movie theater on Stockton Hill Road. Now, after a prolonged period of silence and speculation, Cinemark appears set to return with Cinemark 8.
The Plano, Texas-based company has signed the lease on a 26,362 square-foot, eight-screen all-stadium-seating multiplex to be built in the Mountain View Plaza complex at Hualapai Mountain Road and Eastern Avenue, according to John Sizemore, vice president of operations for developer J&B Investment Group. Sizemore said the lease was signed last week, with a conceptual site plan submitted to the city's Planning Department on Aug. 13.
"Basically, the lease is signed now, and we're moving forward," he said. "The rest of it is all process. The city obviously has to approve every single thing that has to do with the site plan and everything."
The site plan for Mountain View Plaza calls for development on two parcels of land totaling 10 acres along both sides of Washington Street north of Hualapai Mountain Road. The eastern parcel, approximately 5.85 acres, will house the new theater along with two other buildings that will contain up to 28,000 square feet of commercial retail outlets and offices. The 4.15 acres in the western parcel is also slated for future retail development, though no specifics have yet been offered.
"When you have an anchor tenant like this, there are certain businesses that like to be around," Sizemore said. "We'd like to see a restaurant or two, we'd like to see real estate offices, insurance offices."
Sizemore added that his company expected to begin searching in earnest for prospective tenants within the next two weeks. He said the company has already looked at some local retailers and planned to begin sending mailers out shortly.
"We'd like to see local," he said. "Local businesses that are familiar with the area are just as good as having those other (national) chains there."
Sizemore said it would likely take the better part of a year before the cinema would open for business - Cinemark's official estimation is for late summer of 2009. Even so, with the lease signed and the preliminary plans submitted, he said it was only a matter of time before Kingman film aficionados will once again have a place to call home.
"From the standpoint of saying 'The cinema will be there,' we can now do that," Sizemore said.