Screen dreams

Couple hopes to build four-plex movie theater

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Dale and Andrea Camp hope to build a four-plex movie theater on the west side of Craig. But their dream may have to wait.

"I know to get the movie theater up, we still have to jump through all kinds of hoops," Andrea said.

The couple is in the process of getting a plan for a new city street approved for the nearly 10-acre plot of land they purchased in September.

The land is on First Street between Super 8 Motel and Apostolic Lighthouse Church and stretches back from the road behind the Holiday Inn of Craig. It is divided into four lots, two that border the street and two beyond those.

The street, named Cedar Court, will be 350 feet in length and end in a cul-de-sac. The plan is for the Camps to pay for the construction of the street; the city of Craig would maintain it.

The couple is taking bids for the street's construction, which they hope will be under way by March.

Bill Earley, public works director for the city, said that once he approves the plans for the street, construction can begin.

But first, he is working out the placement of the water line and getting soil tests completed.

"We're doing soil tests to make sure that we've got a thick enough road that it won't fall apart," Earley said.

Dave Costa, community dev-elopment director for the city, said the road was platted but never developed. He said the Camps cannot submit building permit applications until the street is completed.

The couple said they already have a builder in mind for the theater, an independent builder in Wyoming whom they did not want to name.

They plan to place the theater on a four-acre lot and sell the rest of the land to other businesses.

"We're hoping to make a little business park and anyone who wants to come out there, we'd like to have," Andrea said. "We feel like that's a great location with highway access, and it's right next to the hotels."

The Camps said the theater would have high-back seats with cup holders, a nonsmoking sports bar and an 1,800-foot arcade. They have not chosen a name for the movie theater.

They said they are excited about their location because of the developments on the west side of Craig. Wal-Mart is coming soon, as well as four new subdivisions and Colorado Northwestern Community College and The Memorial Hospital's new locations.

But right now, the Camps are focused on getting the street built and marketing the lots for sale. They expect it will be a while before they begin construction on the theater.

"The movie theater is coming," Andrea said. "It's just a matter of time."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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