HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A movie theater project is getting bad reviews, and the Hanover community showed up in force Wednesday night to sway the board of supervisors in a heated meeting.
The proposed 12-screen movie theater would seat about 2,500 people and be built at Hanover Village Shopping Center off of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Sujen Court.
Many Hanover residents are opposed to the construction of the new theater because they feel it will cause a spike in crime. Most who picketed Wednesday's meeting were concerned about traffic.
“Five, 10 years from now we are going [to] be sitting with an empty movie theater that can't be repurposed and we're going to have a nightmare in terms of the traffic,” said Debbie Wetlaufer of Mechanicsville.
Others still were in favor of a new movie theater as opposed to another structure.
“Supporting the theater is a lot better than what could go in there, such as a low-end motel,” said Heather Reichstetter, also of Mechanicsville.
At one point during the meeting it seemed the board was on its way to approving the plan, but once residents started putting up their picket signs leaders backed down. Now, a public hearing—that should present results from a traffic study—will be held on Oct. 23.
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