New movie theater coming to Columbia Commons at Bull Street
Columbia Commons in the Bull Street Development is getting a new tenant. In addition to catching a Fireflies game at Spirit Communications Park, visitors will be able to watch a movie at a brand-new theater.
Officials with Cobb Theatres announced Wednesday that they have signed a lease and plan to build a 10-screen Cobb Luxury Theatre at The Commons at Bull Street project in downtown Columbia, which is being managed by Hughes Development. Cobb Theatres, based in Birmingham, Ala., operates 269 screens at 23 locations throughout the Southeast.
The theater will be in the heart of Columbia Commons is slated to open by summer 2018.
“We are very excited to be joining The Commons at Bull Street as its entertainment anchor,” said Frank Stryjewski, chief operations officer with Cobb Theatres. “We are dedicated to offering our guests the finest movie-going experience available by offering the best movies, amenities and service to every guest.”
The Cobb Luxury 10 Theatre will feature 10 screens with all-reserved, oversized and overstuffed electric reclining seats. The theater also will have a full-service restaurant and bar that offers pizza as well as beer and wine. The restaurant and bar will be open to all visitors, not just those there to catch a movie. The theater complex also also feature a self-serve, walk-through concession area with drinks, snacks and candies, including soft serve yogurt.
Bob Hughes, chief operating officer of Hughes Development, released a statement expressing his excitement for the newest addition to Columbia Commons.
“We were excited to learn today that Cobb Theatres has executed a lease to bring their Luxury concept to the Commons at Bull Street,” Hughes said. “This announcement for the retail development within Bull Street fits perfectly with our vision of a family-friendly environment where people from all walks of life can experience a first-class city within a city.”
Hughes also commented on the progress of development within Columbia Commons.
“Two buildings have been renovated (The Bakery and Parker Annex), another one is starting (Ensor), and we have built a first-class office building (First Base Building). Our partner developers are in the process of renovating the Babcock Building into apartments, awaiting County Council approval on student housing, working on approvals for townhomes, and in the pre-development stage for other major projects.”