The biggest news from the Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting was the vote to contribute funds to help keep a movie theater in town. The council approved a $40,000 grant for Main Street Entertainment for the acquisition and renovation of Temple Theatres. The city’s contribution aligns with state rules authorizing hotel/motel tax collection with identifys support for theaters and enterainment venues as an appropriate use. Fridley Theatres, owner of the town’s only movie theater plans to discontinue business in Mt. Pleasant. Fridley owns the building at 115 N. Main Street and leases the adjoining building. Fridley has offered to donate the building at 115 N. Main to Main Street Entertainment owned by Scott and Amy Lowe. Lowes plan to renovate the exterior and interior of both buildings at a total estimated cost of $310,000. As part of the ownership change the theater will be renamed Main Street Cinemas. General manager Kelly Miyoshi will continue in that position. It is hoped the theater will remain open during renovations that will take place thru out 2012.
Lowes said they are excited to join the Mt. Pleasant business community and are confident in the community’s future. Scott Lowe said it’s their goal to offer Mt. Pleasant Area residents the experience of great movies and entertainment in attractive surroundings without driving out of town.
Main Street Director Lisa Oetken said this is another important step in efforts to redevelop and re-energize the heart of Mt. Pleasant.
Mayor Steve Brimhall said the decision to contribute funds to the project is one of the most important things the council has done in a long time.