Leader Blues

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Silver Screen theater expands

Cabot cinema adds two auditoriums

BY SARA GREENE
Leader staff writer

The growth of Cabot can be seen everywhere around town including the Silver Screen Theater at 1000 Cinema Blvd. where the addition of two additional auditoriums is nearing completion making it a six-screen theater.

“These auditoriums are going to be cutting edge,” said Matt Smith, 36, owner of the theater, who declined to comment on how much the addition is costing.

The two new auditoriums at Silver Screen will have Dolby Digital surround sound and feature contoured screens that curve towards the audience ever so slightly. The new auditoriums will have 400 chairs arranged in stadium seating where each row is 18 inches higher than the row in front of it, allowing for an unobstructed view of the screen.

Each chair has a 44-inch back, a 24-and-a-half-inch seat, and rocks. The cup-holder armrests fold up making the chairs love-seats. The two auditoriums will seat 400.

“These are the biggest chairs in the industry,” Smith said of the seating.

After the completion of the new auditoriums, Smith plans to retrofit the existing auditoriums to stadium seating, add a new restroom, a bigger game room and expand the existing concession stand at Silver Screen.

Smith said he is planning to add two auditoriums to his Searcy Cinema Six theater as well.

“If you go to a movie in Cabot now, and then go to a movie in one of these new auditoriums, it will be a totally different movie-going experience,” Smith said.

For more information on Silver Screen, call (501) 843-7469 or visit www.silverscreencabot-.com.