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Spring Hill Mayor Talks Movie Theater Plans

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by Janet Kim

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - The City of Spring Hill could soon be getting a movie theater. Mayor Mike Dinwiddie shared the plans with NewsChannel 5. He said people have been requesting one for years.

"About the growing traffic congestion problem growing in Spring Hill, I want to make sure that there's a lot of time and effort put into place that it wouldn't invade on a traffic problem we already have," said Chip Hudson, a Spring Hill resident.

One of the city's busiest shopping centers could soon have a new neighbor.

"It's next to the Crossings," said Dinwiddie. "It borders Highway 31 and Saturn Parkway, and right now it's just a little corner of vacant land back there and you can see the developers sign on it."

Dinwiddie said plans for the movie theater are a long time coming because the city has such a need. Cool Springs in Franklin and a movie theater in Columbia are the closest ones.

Though Dinwiddie did not say what company is looking at the development, marketing notes he shared reveal a Carmike Cinemas logo.

"This is the entire area of development out there, and it's my understanding that the theater was intending it to be built right around in this area right here," said Dinwiddie.

The announcement did not come without speculation as the failure of proposed theme park Festival Tennessee in 2011, is still fresh in the minds of some.

"I'm surprised there's such a negative skew of it so quickly," said Dinwiddie.

However, Dinwiddie said he is certain this is a different project, with a very different outcome.

"This is a national movie theater rather than a concept idea, so I fail to see the relation between those two," said Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie said if all goes as planned, Spring Hill could get a movie theater around this time next year. Calls to both the developer and Carmike Cinemas have not been returned.

The preliminary plans the city's planning commission approved for the development has since expired, but Dinwiddie said in the next coming week, he expected to see a new plan for renewal.


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