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Fayetteville’s Pinewood Forest begins movie theater construction

A nine-screen movie theater set for Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville broke ground recently. It's the latest amenity for the 235-acre mixed use development.
A nine-screen movie theater set for Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville broke ground recently. It's the latest amenity for the 235-acre mixed use development.

Construction on a nine-screen movie theater set for the mixed-use Pinewood Forest development in Fayetteville is underway, the developer of the project says.

Pace Lynch Corporation and Spotlight Theatres, which have partnered on the theater, say they broke ground on the attraction on Tuesday.

The theater, which will seat 850 and is projected to open in early 2021, will offer amenities that are becoming more and more common in the world of cinema -- reserved seating, expanded menus and reclining seats to mimic the at-home feel.

But unlike other theaters in metro Atlanta, the facility’s ninth screen will be on the building’s rooftop and could give moviegoers a quasi “screen on the green”-type experience.

“We are excited to create a unique and innovative boutique theater celebrating the artistry of film,” Rob Parker, Pinewood’s president, said in a press release. “There is no place more fitting to observe Georgia’s major contribution to the film industry than within arm’s reach of North America’s largest production facility, Pinewood Atlanta Studios.”

The theater, which hopes to host movie premieres, including those filmed at Pinewood Atlanta, will be set on 25 acres in Pinewood Forest's "town center." Other buildings there include a boutique hotel, offices, restaurants and Piedmont Wellness Center, a 60,000-square-foot health facility that opened last November.

“The theater’s timeless exterior and best-in-class digital features, including the highest-quality sight and sound presentation, are designed to create a viewing experience unlike any other,” Bill Lynch, principal of Pace Lynch, said. “We are excited to partner with Spotlight Theatres to introduce a cinema that will attract visitors to Pinewood Forest from across metro Atlanta.”