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Legends IMAX Theater Set to Open in Early February

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Construction crews are putting the final touches on Galaxy Theatres, at Legends at Sparks Marina. It will have 12 movie screens, including the long-awaited IMAX theater.

Rafe Cohen is the president of Galaxy Theatres and says the complex will have amenities that are brand new to northern Nevada.  

But there's still plenty of work to do before the February 12th opening.

"We're still hanging curtains and speakers and light fixtures and putting popcorn poppers in place," Cohen said. "So there's a lot to be done."

The front lobby will have traditional concessions and a box office that looks like a hotel front desk.

There's another counter that offers 12 beers on tap and wine.

It will also have a sausage stand.

"Six different varieties of sausages," Cohen said. "Bratwurst and all sorts of different toppings, whatever you would like on them from avocado to sauerkraut to chili."

The IMAX theater features more than 400 seats and has a movie screen that's three stories high and 75 feet wide.

"While the 11 other theaters are a lot more standard-sized, all of them come with reclining seats, with footrests and snack trays."

"Experience it once and you won't want to see a movie any place else," Cohen said.

The movie complex is also expected to have a positive impact on nearby businesses, like Grimaldi's Pizzeria.

With thousands of movie-goers, visiting Legends every week, the restaurant's manager says it will bring more customers and exposure.

"We're very hidden, back here, and people don't know that we're here," Holly Wright, Grimaldi's Assistant General Manager said. "And I think that it will bring everybody's attention that we're here. I think our business will definitely boom. We're looking for it to double."

Of course, that means more jobs.

150 people have already been hired to work at Galaxy Theatres.

"It's a big crew but there's a lot of theatres and we deliver first-class service," Cohen said. "So, we need a lot of people. We're happy to have provided those jobs."

Ticket prices are going to be about the same price as the other theaters in town, but the IMAX will cost a few bucks more.

Cohen also says there will be times when people can come in and watch sporting events on the big screen.

Written by Paul Nelson

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