Carmike — The Rio Grande Valley’s first IMAX screen appears headed for an Edinburg theater. The Carmike 20 movie theater near the intersection of Expressway 281 and Canton Road filed notice with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that the theater was planning an addition of an IMAX screen and renovation of the building’s lobby.
Construction is estimated to begin Oct. 1 and finish May 1, according to the filing. The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million. The company listed as the project’s design firm is Chatanooga, Tennessee-based Artech Design Group.
In February, Artech designed the first theater in the country to gain LEED certification. That theater, also a Carmike location, is in Chatanooga. Late last month, a theater at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida museum announced a six-week, $2 million renovation project to add an IMAX 3-D screen, The Sun Sentinel reported. The IMAX screen at that theater is projected to be 60 feet tall by 80 feet wide.
No Valley theater has an IMAX screen, which allows a larger and higher-resolution picture than traditional film. As of Dec. 31, 2013, nearly 850 IMAX screens operate in 57 countries, according to the company’s website.