Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Building up and out

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

This post should have the soundtrack to "The Jeffersons," as two popular entertainment establishments embark on ambitious expansion plans.

The Elbow Room, open since 1960, is moving on up from a double-wide trailer to a two-story "event center." Jill Valley at KPAX has the scoop:

They broke ground in May and hope to have people drinking beer by November. Once the new facility is open, it will fit about three of the old ones as the new bar will be have about 19,000 square feet.

It will be an event center, two stories tall, with a covered back patio for concerts or weddings. There will also be a restaurant, two horseshoe pits, places for meetings, boxing, fashion shows and of course- several huge televisions. It will be a place to drink beer with a lot more....elbow room.

Meanwhile, Carmike Cinemas is adding two new super-sized auditoriums to its N. Reserve Street location. Breanna Roy, also at KPAX, tells us more:

Both will seat 400 people, more than twice what the largest one seats now. The screens will be bigger, too.

Carmike Cinemas city manager Richard Taylor said moviegoers said it's hard to visualize just how big the new 80-foot long and two-story high digital "signature" screen will be.

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