Yakima Theatres Inc. wants to build a new movie theater on its 16th Avenue property, according to a land-use application filed with the city of Yakima’s planning division.
The Yakima-based company wants to build a new 55,850-square-foot, 10-screen movie theater with a 3,086-square-foot canopy on the east side of the Yakima Cinema property at 1305 N. 16th Ave.
The existing Yakima Cinema facility would continue to operate, according to a site plan submitted with the land-use application. The application does not provide details on the interior of the new building.
The new theater is an allowable use, but the size of the building has prompted an environmental review, said Eric Crowell, the Yakima planner overseeing the development’s application. As part of that review, the project is undergoing a public comment period. Public comments are being accepted until Nov. 20.
The Yakima Herald-Republic has reached out to Yakima Theaters for additional comment. This would be the second major expansion in the past decade for the Mercy family-owned company. In 2012, the company completed its remodel of the former Uptown Plaza theater in downtown Yakima into what is now Orion Cinema and Mickey’s Pub, a 21-and-over movie theater and bar.
Yakima Theatres also operates the Majestic Theater on 14th Street in Union Gap.