SNELLVILLE -- A second Carmike Cinemas theater is coming to Snellville, and will feature a screen that's nearly 80 feet tall and projects 34 million colors.
An official with the Columbus-based company said Wednesday that construction would begin shortly, but a specific date depends on permits issued for construction. Once construction begins, the theater could open in nine to 10 months, weather permitting, said Carmike Cinemas director of marketing Terrell Mayton.
The new Carmike will be located at the corner of Scenic Highway near Webb Gin House Road, about two miles from the other Carmike theater.
"It's a great location, we've been in Snellville for many, many years," Mayton said. "It's a growing area in the greater metro area and region."
Mayton said the area could sustain two theaters because of recent population growth, home construction and retail expansion.
After construction, and adjusted seasonally, Mayton said the movie theater typically employees between 30 and 50 people.
Carmike 13 will be an anchor tenant of a 43-acre multi-use development, directly across the street from the new "The Avenue" retail complex.
The movie complex will have 13 screens and plans to accommodate more than 2,800 people with stadium-style seating, rocking luxury seats with retractable armrests.
Instead of a box office setup, Mayton said it would have a "fast-pass" lobby with one-stop ticketing, and Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers.
The featured auditorium will be the "BIGD," which Mayton said has a screen that is three and a half stories tall, or nearly 80 feet, and projects 34 million colors. There are only 17 "BIGD" auditoriums in the country, Mayton said, and this one seats nearly 600.