New Eufaula Movie Theatre

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Some Eufaula movie goers may soon be able to catch the latest flick in their hometown.

An Alabama developer is planning to build a movie theatre in the Bluff City by November.

It's been about 20 years since a movie theatre has been in Eufaula.

But by November the city may have a new one that shows up to 10 movies at one time.

It's quite a journey for a Eufaula resident to see a film on the big screen. That's because the city of about 14,000 has no local movie theatre.

"I grew up here 50 years ago. There was a movie theatre here. I came back 50 years later, and they didn't even have a theatre," says Eufaula resident Geraldine Smith.

At the next city council meeting, leaders will decide if the city can support a multi-million dollar movie theatre that will house eight to 10 screens.

Marty Felts of Naos Entertainment told city leaders he could build a 30,000 square foot facility that would include stadium seating for all screens and at least two digital projectors.

However, where a movie theatre will go still hasn't been determined, since it's still not finalized if one is even coming to town.

But people around here say they have to drive to either Dothan or Columbus if they want to catch a movie, and that drive is just too far.

"The people that live here want to stay here. They don't want to always go out of town to do something entertaining. They want to stay here and have options in town," says resident and downtown Business Owner Kristi Mott.

"We need one because we get tired of going out of town every weekend, especially for the teens to have something to do on the weekends or during the week," says Eufaula teen, Tambra Williams.

Based on the size of Eufaula and its surrounding area, Felts expects the theatre would generate about $2.4 million dollars in seven years, part of which would be going into city revenue.

Eufaula Mayor Jay Jaxon is discussing with the city commission an incentive package that would give the owner of the theatre a $1 dollar surcharge in the price of the ticket.

The owner would continue to get that dollar per ticket for seven years.

The city commission is set to vote on the movie theatre proposal at their meeting on April 1st.

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