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Movie theater is coming to town?

Zoning board to discuss plan at Jan. 11 hearing

January 02, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Having a movie theater in town has been a longtime wish for many residents, but it is getting closer to becoming a reality.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will determine at a Jan. 11 hearing whether it should approve a special permit that would enable an eight-screen, 1,210-seat movie theater to be opened at the Center at Hobbs Brook on Route 20. Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski recently submitted a report to the ZBA expressing his support of the proposal.

"A movie theater is a long-desired community amenity, and the proposal presented reflects key goals of the 2011 Master Plan," Suhoski said. "If approved by the permitting boards, the proposed theater will fill a void for entertainment options and also provide additional employment opportunities."

If the ZBA grants the special permit, the proposal would then go before the Planning Board on Jan. 24. Assuming members of that board accepted the proposal, the Board of Selectmen would eventually be asked to approve amusement device licenses in order for arcade-type machines and other games to be installed in the theater.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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