Richmond’s first new movie theater in more than three decades will open in February, if all goes according to plan.
Movieland at Boulevard Square will start hiring after the holidays and will employ about 60 people, said co-owner Charley Moss.
Last year, the company began renovating the old locomotive assembly plant, most recently occupied by Richmond Steel, and a former brass foundry at the intersection of North Boulevard and Leigh Street.
The 53,000-square-foot theater will feature 17 screens and 2,850 seats. The brass foundry will be converted into a 6,000-square-foot restaurant that won’t be leased until after the theater opens.
“We’re going to get a sense from the people at the theater what they would like to have there, try and guide ourselves accordingly, and find a tenant that meets those requirements,” Moss said.
Bow Tie Partners is a privately held company based in New York. Moss wouldn’t disclose how much it’s costing to renovate the facilities. According to the Richmond’s assessor’s office, the land and existing buildings are worth about $5 million.
An additional 12,000 square feet of retail construction also is planned for the development.
Movieland owns and operates 17 locations in Maryland, New York, Connecticut and Colorado. Bow Tie’s movie theaters aim to offer an upscale experience, Moss said. The theaters have no onscreen advertising before movies and no video game machines. They also plan to sell beer and wine along with popcorn.
The company that became Bow Tie Partners was started by Moss’s grandfather B.S. Moss more than 100 years ago, operating nickelodeons and vaudeville theaters.