Carmike’s Majestic 12 offers more than just popcorn

By:Brooke Fontana

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(The Loop) — Chattanooga will be the first city to have a LEED certified movie theatre. What exactly is LEED, and why is it important? According to the official U.S. Green Building Council “LEED is an internationally recognized green building

Carmike's Majestic theatre is set to open to the public November 6th.

Carmike's Majestic theatre is set to open to the public November 6th.

certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.”

Timothy Schendel Manager of Bijou Theatre in Chattanooga said “some of the things that make Carmike’s Majestic theatre LEED certified include rainwater reservoirs in the front and back of the theatre,recyclable materials used throughout the theatre, and motion sensor lights.” These are just a few things that make Carmike’s Majestic theatre “green”.

Chattanooga is going green with on of the first LEED certified movie theaters

Chattanooga is going green with on of the first LEED certified movie theaters

UTC student and E.D.G.E president Elizabeth Southall said ” I think the theatre is good because Chattanooga is seen as a “poster city” of becoming environmentally friendly after being damaged by industry years ago. I think it is a great move for the city to obtain the title of 1st city to have LEED certified movie theatre” .

Another unique aspect of The Majestic theatre is their VIP seating option. Schendel said ” The tickets will probably cost around $15.00 and there is limited seating of no more than 60 people per viewing.”

In the VIP seating area no seat is a bad seat, they offer “adult beverages” and appetizers delivered to you in your reclining leather chair. VIP seating is only for patrons 21 or older.

The 70,000-square-foot theater’s entrance is located the the corner of Broad Street and Third Street. The theatre was built by EMJ Corporation and was designed by Artech Design Group.

The theatre is located at the corner of W 3rd Street and Broad Street

The theatre is located at the corner of W 3rd Street and Broad Street

The new theatre will hold 2,500 people, this is double the capacity compared to the Bijou’s 1,100.The old building where the Bijou is now, will be gutted and turned into commercial space.

The Majestic theatre will have a sneak peak on November 5th and all proceeds go to local Chattanooga organizations including, the McKamey Animal Shelter, Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Advocacy Center. If you don’t already have tickets for this event then you have to wait until November 6th for the grand opening to the public, because sneak peak tickets are already sold out.

sources:

Times Free Press

U.S. Green Building Council

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Comments

  1. i visited that movie plenty of times to see The Christmas Carol and Alice in

    Wonder. It’s very nice my favorite thing is that building ligths up with brigth

    neon colors. I would ask you to go visit it if your in downtown chatanooga.To

    any 3D movies or motion pictures . it’s neat and fun! It’s all go green. So if

    you want to go green and have fun while your at it go to the Majestic 12!

  2. 3d movies are so cool, i just wish that we could watch 3d movies on TV.,.

  3. susan ford says:

    Good theater- now if they would make more interesting movies for older adults I will start going to the movies again. I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and Avatar. I haven’t been to a movie since.