AURORA | Plans for the redesigned Century Aurora 16 cinema call for refitting the theater where a gunman killed 12 people July 20 with a state-of-the-art screen.
The plans, filed with the city of Aurora this month, call for turning theater No. 9 into one of Cinemark’s “extreme digital cinemas,” which feature massive screens that stretch from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.
It’s not clear from the plans filed with the city if the redesigned theater will include a memorial to the victims.
TK Architects in Kansas City developed the redesign, and TMS Construction in Colorado Springs is the contractor, according to the plans. Officials at both companies declined comment Thursday.
A spokesman for Cinemark did not immediately return a call for comment.
Redesigning the theater, which has been closed since the July 20 shootings, will cost $950,000 in materials alone, city documents say.
The plans also call for designating each of the 16 theaters by letter instead of number. In the case of what was theater No. 9, it will be designated “Theater XD,” the plans say.
The theater’s original plans from 1997 called for 421 seats in theater No. 9, new plans call for 360.
The outside of the theater will also undergo a substantial redesign with the massive illuminated “16” on the front coming down and being replaced with some type of mural. Other changes include altering the exterior lighting.
Crews have been working on their design for several days. On Tuesday, they could be seen using a crane to remove the word “Century” from the front of the theater.
In a letter to Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan on Sept. 20, Tim Warner, CEO of Cinemark, Inc., said the theater will re-open and be ready for customers by the beginning of 2013.
“It will be our privilege to re-open the theater. We pledge to reconfigure the space and make the theater better than ever,” he wrote.
Warner’s letter was a response to a letter Hogan sent him Sept. 12 asking that the theater be re-opened.