The Riverview Cinemas and Playhouse in Southbury, CT
Welcome to Southbury’s new movie theater: Riverview Cinemas and Playhouse. This 8 screen, 42500 sq ft. complex opened its theater’s doors in mid-December 2017 for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere. Some other venues of the complex include restaurants, retail space, and 2 apartments.
This complex, owned by the LaFlamme family, was first proposed in 2014. Since then, they have been going through counsel and zoning commissions in order to get the project started. In March of 2015 the zoning commission approved the soil extraction permit, which means that the work was able to start. In the May of 2016, work was delayed since a special Shagbark hickory needed to be cut down in order for construction to continue. The owners wanted to avoid that outcome “at all costs”. After saving the tree, and putting in efforts to preserve it, the foundation of the complex was lain.
The projected date of completion for the theater was Dec 2017. As 2017 rolled by, the emphasis was placed on having several screens available for the premiere for the Star Wars film. As promised, the Riverview Theatre had two screens available for the 12/17/17 premiere. Now the real question is how much longer until the rest of the theater is completed?
One issue that was raised with the complex was that it would give the town a more “urban” feel, thus taking away from the “small town” vibe that Southbury is so proud of. The owners replied to this by pointing out the number of community activities that the complex would be hosting, as well as the number of jobs it would be creating. In other words, this complex is envisioned to help build the community feel of the small town feel that Southbury is known for. Some of the proposed contributions included: working with the Main Street Theater Company to bring live theater to Southbury; holding a local film festival; show replays of local sport games; special theme nights; senior specials; and holding special discussions about movies and or live theater.
Over the next few months tit would be smart to keep a look out for the new developments in the complex. As of now, the retail areas and restaurant lessees still remain unnamed.
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