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Ready to close the walls
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Aug 29, 2013 | 1586 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Construction workers maneuver one of the final steel beams Thursday being placed on the front wall of the new Galaxy IMAX Theater being constructed at the Legends at Sparks Marina.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Construction workers maneuver one of the final steel beams Thursday being placed on the front wall of the new Galaxy IMAX Theater being constructed at the Legends at Sparks Marina.
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Beams of steel were lifted high in the air Thursday afternoon, swinging from the crane’s cable into their position on the freeway-facing wall of the new Galaxy IMAX Theater at the Legends at Sparks Marina.

Those beams were the final steel needed to finish the front wall of the new theater, which now allows the roof to be completed and the inner work to begin inside the theater as early as Friday morning. General Manager of Legends Dennis McGovern watched as construction crews continually, and swiftly, erected the building that will be a staple to the offerings at Legends.

“It is important to northern Nevada,” McGovern said of the in-progress theater. “We are bringing a form of entertainment that is only available as close as Sacramento. Now we are bringing that to this market that has never had it or had a chance to experience it on a daily basis.

“What it does for the Legends, it is one more piece of the puzzle for us. The Legends, in concept right from the beginning, was never one thing. It was always great outlet shopping. It was always great big boxes, it was always great entertainment and food -- and this is the entertainment piece. This is now the one-stop shop location and a great reason to spend a lot of time here now.”

McGovern said the theater is on track to open “in the first quarter of 2014,” which he hopes will align nicely with a blockbuster movie for customers to see the 40-foot-high and 70-foot-wide IMAX screen at its best. He said the construction process has seemed slow given his access to it daily, but admits that was a falsity given the number of residents who notice the progress.

“All of northern Nevada has waited a long time for this to come,” McGovern said, “And for me it is interesting how people come every week or 10 days and they tell me, ‘Look how much work is being done.’ I guess when I look at it every day I think, ‘Oh my gosh this is going so slow.’ (laughing)

“From groundbreaking, excavating the site, doing all the foundations and block work, roof decking -- there is a lot of work that has been done.”

The new Galaxy Theater will occupy 62,000 square feet of land at Legends and will offer a 12-auditorium theater with high-definition digital sound, 3D capability and one three-story tall IMAX screen for customers. The construction of the theater, in its entirety, will employ about 400 people during its near six-month process and will maintain about 50 jobs when the theater opens next year.

Galaxy Theaters President Rafe Cohen spoke at the project’s groundbreaking in June, saying the surrounding shopping outlets and restaurants would provide a perfect compliment to the theater.

“It’s very important for a movie theater to be surrounded by restaurants,” Cohen said. “Two-thirds of visits to a movie theater include a meal either before or after so when we are talking about hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, it is going to have a significant impact on the restaurants and other shops here. We are very happy about being a part of the Legends.”

*Other Legends Updates

Buffalo Wild Wings is set to open Sept. 30, according to McGovern, and interviews are being done for available positions at the incoming restaurant. The new sports bar and eatery will be in the area near BJ’s at the corner of Lincoln Way and Sparks Boulevard and “attracts a whole new market segment,” according to Legends officials who spoke on the matter earlier this year.
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