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Theaters out at entertainment district

July 10, 2003

Unified Government officials aren't too upset about a split between themselves and Warren Theatres, a company that operates luxury movie complexes.

Last week, Wyandotte County officials said the $15 million, 77,000-square-foot complex, would not locate to the Village West entertainment district in Kansas City, Kan.

Village West contains 400 acres and is planned for 4.6 million square feet of retail, entertainment, hotel and office space development. It is home to the Kansas Speedway and Cabela's, two top tourist attractions in the state.

The Village West version of Warren Theatres would have been a 12-screen theater complex, featuring stadium seating and wall-to-wall screens. The theater was scheduled to open this fall.

But Wyandotte County officials said the show must still go on for Village West.

Unified Government spokesman Don Denney said at least three other movie theater companies have expressed interest in locating to Village West and an announcement on a new company locating there would come in the next two months.

"There will be a movie theater at the Village West," Denney said.The spokesman said the split between Warren and Village West was a "mutual thing" and an "amicable break."

"Both sides agreed they went as far as they could go," Denney said.

Bill Crandle, a senior vice-president for Zimmer Real Estate Services Inc., the company handling negotiations for Unified Government, was not available for comment.

Warren Theatres operates several movie complexes in Wichita.

The 3,000-seat complex would have been located near the Legends Shopping Center, a 500,000 square foot development currently under construction. The shopping center, located east of the Kansas City T-Bones baseball stadium, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2003.

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