Commuters familiar with the drive through Moore will be happy to know that after more than two years, the big construction site west of Interstate 35 soon will become something recognizable.
The Warren Theatre, a new 20-screen, $30 million movie theater billed as the “world’s largest luxury 20-plex” is expected to open on the site this spring. The project, which originally was projected to finish this past January, was thrown off by excessive rain and other logistical problems.
Bill Warren, founder of the Wichita, Kan.-based Warren Theatres chain, said when it comes to construction, delays come with the business of building.
“We were behind for a while because of all the rain,” Warren said. “I’ve built enough stuff to know the rule is it always takes longer than anticipated and costs more than anticipated.”
Warren said that his contractor expects the work to be done in February, but he isn’t worried if it takes until March, since that time of year isn’t critical for movie theaters.
“It takes so long with all the marble and terrazzo, so even when you’re done with the outside of the building you’re only halfway there,” Warren said. “The key thing for me is that it’s done right and the quality is there. I think we’re looking at March, honestly.”
Diedre Ebrey, director of development for the City of Moore, said the Warren Theatre’s construction delays actually have benefitted the city, since it’s given it more time to make changes in the area to accommodate the anticipated volume of customers. “Mike Robertson