Cinemark eyes Portage Crossing for new movie theater, Cuyahoga Falls officials say

by Phil Keren | editor Published:

Cuyahoga Falls -- It appears that Cinemark USA Inc. is looking to have a movie theater at the Portage Crossing retail development on State Road and Portage Trail.

On its website, Cinemark lists a 10-screen theater in Cuyahoga Falls under a heading of "future theatre openings."

"I am aware that the developer is talking with Cinemark and that they have a great interest in our site," said Susan Truby, the city's community development director, in an email when asked about the listing. "The deal is in the process of being finalized. A movie theater at Portage Crossing would be a great addition and also a good draw for other restaurants."

Mayor Don Robart added that officials hope that "everything would be finalized in the very near future," but also emphasized that the process is a slow one.

SDLqIn dealing with these larger corporations we now know that nothing goes quickly," said Robart in an email. "… the bulk of what will encompass Portage Crossing will be there for probably 50 to 75 years. For that reason, we are trying to be very patient with what we locate there."

Lisa Schwan, public relations/marketing manager for Stark Enterprises, declined to comment on the matter.

Bryan Jeffries, marketing director for Cinemark, told the Falls News-Press he referred the paper's questions on the issue to the company's real estate/construction department. No one from that department contacted the Falls News by press time.

Stark Enterprises is planning to build Portage Crossing on the site of the former State Road Shopping Center. The city purchased the shopping center property for $10.2 million in 2008 and demolished it the following year.

In a story in the Nov. 25 Cuyahoga Falls News-Press, Robart had said that a movie theater is planned for the north side of Portage Crossing. Originally, a Menards was supposed to anchor the north side of Portage Crossing; however, Robart said, that plan changed because the city was unable to provide enough space for the home improvement retailer. Robart also noted that a Menards store would be set up in "the immediate area."

Legislation was introduced to City Council in November which, if passed, would permit the addition of a movie theater to the retail development. That legislation was slated for Council's review on Nov. 19, but was postponed at the administration's request, and has not been discussed since then. Truby said she does not know when the legislation will be discussed.

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