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Galt City Council approves feasibility study for movie theater, bowling alley

Council OKs feasibility report for six-screen theater, bowling alley

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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Wed Apr 4, 2012.

Want to catch the latest flick or roll a strike? In Galt? A developer has already been identified to build a six-screen movie theater and state-of-the-art 20-lane bowling alley under one roof in the city's Old Town.

On Tuesday, the Galt City Council approved a market feasibility study, directed staff to work with the developer and appointed council members Marylou Powers and Mark Crews to oversee the progress of the proposal.

City Manager Jason Behrmann said the study made it clear that the city could support such an entertainment venue.

The plans are part of the ongoing process to revitalize the downtown area and make it a true destination for both residents and visitors, he added.

The study, performed by a New Jersey consultant, recommends one 60,000-square-foot, two-level entertainment center that would serve as Old Town's anchor. It could include not only the theater and bowling alley, but concessions, meeting and party rooms, games and a laser tag arena.

The developer would make the ultimate determination as to what entertainment would be offered.

Once built, the city hopes to draw patrons from as far south as Stockton and as far north as the Florin area in South Sacramento.

This has been a vision of the city first discussed last year, according to Behrmann.

"The theater is one of the core pieces of this effort," he said, adding that there are still hurdles in front of the city.

For example, it will require state approval since the project will be paid for with redevelopment funding. The courts abolished redevelopment agencies and required state oversight of remaining projects in the pipeline.

"The good thing is, we have developers that are interested and the plan is feasible," Behrmann said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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