Hilton Head Theater Gets a Little Closer to Being Built

It’s showtime! Town, mall owners agree to move forward on movie theater

June 4, 2008

By JIM FABER – Island Packet

It’s just the beginning, but efforts to add a 12-screen movie theater to The Mall at Shelter Cove took a significant step forward Tuesday night.

In a 4-3 vote, the Hilton Head Island Town Council agreed to let mall owner Petrie Ross Ventures negotiate a development agreement with town staff for the theater.

In April, the same motion failed in a 3-3 tie. Those six votes were the same Tuesday. But a seventh vote, cast by Councilman Bill Ferguson, favored letting town staff work with the mall to craft an agreement. Ferguson had missed the April meeting due to health reasons.

Once the development agreement is worked out between the mall owner and the town staff, it will have to come back before the Town Council for approval before the theater can move forward.

Ferguson told a large crowd about how much he, his wife and 17-year-old daughter enjoyed an outing to Sea Turtle Cinemas in Bluffton recently.

“The place impressed me so much,” he said, adding he didn’t have the same feelings about the existing island theaters. “We definitely need to upgrade our facilities.”

The developers of Sea Turtle will partner with the mall to build the proposed 12-screen theater if an agreement is reached.

Not much has changed in what Mayor Tom Peeples and the Town Council want in terms of concessions for allowing the additional 40,000-square feet of space to be added at the mall for the theater.

The mall will have to pay $2.50 to the Beaufort County School District for each additional square foot of space in the mall. It will have to build a parking lot on 2.7 acres at the rear of the mall that the town could use for special events.



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