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
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”.
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 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.