Plans for the $7 million Penn Cinema near Lancaster Airport called for an opening in May, but the project has hit several snags, and backers now say it won’t open until October.
However, Penn Ketchum, owner of Penn Cinema Management Co., said no major hurdles remained for the new theater on a 14-acre tract along Airport Road, adding that groundbreaking would take place in the next month.
“Of course I would have rather had it open in May, but the more important question is that it is going to be a facility we can be proud of,” Ketchum said.
Ketchum said the project was sent out for bids in October, but was withdrawn when it was discovered that more work was needed before construction could begin.
Ketchum said plans for the theater had undergone some slight changes. The theater is now scheduled to open with 10 screens, instead of the originally expected 12. Two auditoriums may eventually be built out as theaters.
Four theaters in the cineplex will have 100 seats, four will have about 250 seats and two will have about 300 seats. Ketchum estimates there will be about 1,900 seats in all.
All screens will be ready to show digital films, as well as the more traditional reel-to-reel.
The redesigned theater also includes an expanded game room and party area, Ketchum said.