Hoping to create an anchor for downtown development, the City Council has approved plans for a 15-screen movie complex to be built with the help of $1.2 million from the city.
Edwards Theatres is planning to build the largest multiplex in the west San Gabriel Valley at the corner of Garfield Avenue and Main Street. The vast complex in the central square of the city will house screens with stadium seating and a couple of old movie palace-style screens, officials said.
The council voted 3-0 to approve the project, which also calls for a 900-space parking structure and 15,000 square feet of retail stores.
The theater is the latest of dozens of developments completed with the help of federal Housing and Urban Development funds. The city will give Edwards $1.2 million in HUD funds to buy the land for the theater, City Manager Julio Fuentes said.
Fuentes said the project may be the most important development in the city's recent history. He said a survey shows that the city has helped create 3,600 jobs in the last few years .