According to recent release, the Georgia Theatre Company announced their intent to construct a theater near the Wal-Mart in East Ellijay.
This announcement comes as according to East Ellijay City Hall, they were nearing the end of an agreement to purchase the land. Moving forward with the contract, officials say they could see construction beginning before the end of the year. However, no official plans have been filed yet.
The Georgia Theatre Company offered the following through their social media.
“We are pleased to announce the coming of our newest movie theater – Mountain Cinemas in Ellijay, GA, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018. Located on Highland Parkway near GA-515, across from the Walmart Supercenter, Mountain Cinemas will feature 8 luxury auditoriums, each with stadium seating, Christie digital projection, Dolby digital surround-sound, and electric, fully-reclining seats. The facility will offer a self-serve concession stand with expanded food options. Tickets may be purchased at the concession stand or at one of the electronic kiosks.”
Citizens taking to various media have been divided about the coming theater with some going as far as starting an online petition against the theater. Others welcome the new business as a sign of Gilmer’s growth as well as the North Georgia Region overall.
Much of those in opposition that FYN has spoken to relate their opposition to supporting the already established East Towne Cinemas. East Towne replied to the information by saying,
“We will continue to run as long as our little theater can support itself. We appreciate all of our loyal supporters and hope and pray we can continue to run our business for years to come.”