Fridley Palms Theatre Opening
Many Waukee residents are eager about the opening of the new Palms Theatre & IMAX establishment. The Theatre will include 15 movie screens that house luxury recliners complete with a table as well as a cup holder. The Movie theatre will offer lounged dining, where one can order from their seat depending on which auditorium you attend. The cinema has also designed an eating area along with a bar. The food sold in the resturaunt portion of the building can be eaten on scene or taken into the showing. Fridley Theatres Vice President, Russel Vannorsdel, estimates a $15 million expense for the building alone, excluding interior amenities.
A great amount of publicity become apparent for the project when the design called for the involvement of a record breaking IMAX Laser GT in September of 2016. It would have been 7 stories tall with a width of 97 ½ feet, making it the largest screen in the state of Iowa. Unfortunatly, this preposal was shut down due to a concern for the quanity of seating that factored in to the plans. “We looked to still have a very large screen where the first few rows could still enjoy the entire presentation,” Vannorsdel concluded.
The Fridley Palms Theatre faced some controversy when a protest arose during the construction process. In a biased ad by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, the writing piece claimed that it “does not meet area labor standards for all of their carpenter craft workers, including fully paying for family health benefits and retirement.” With a lower pay grade, they have less income to put back in to the community, thus causing a domino effect. “When people have less money to spend, companies begin to make less profit and employers are unable to offer raises and bonuses to their employees, and can ultimately be forced to begin to cut back on work hours and eliminate jobs.” states the flyer.
Many of the locals are content with the location of the new cinema. “It’ll be way more convenient than driving out to Jordan Creek.” says sophomore AJ Mortale. Others are excited for the attention these new expansions will bring to the area. “Its good for waukee to expand and grow,” explains junior Neel Bhramdat, “It will bring more people to it. Its close for all waukee people and will generate more money.” Overall, the new theatre will be an exciting new experience for most Waukee residents.