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'Main-street America'-styled movie theater planned for Cumming City Center project
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The city of Cumming recently debuted plans for a new theater for the proposed City Center project. (Dwell Studios)

Plans for the proposed Cumming City Center has already been included shops, restaurants, miniature golf and, now, a theater for both new and classic films.

The city of Cumming recently debuted plans for the new theater online, and Mayor Troy Brumbalow said the cinema would be a one-screen theater, seat about 700 people and, in addition to movies, could host “concerts, dance recitals, clogging competitions” and more.

“You might see ‘Jaws’ or ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ ‘Gone with the Wind,’ movies at Christmas, then you could also play new-running movies as well,” Brumbalow said. “I know personally, my daughter did a lot of competitive dance and that kind of stuff, and we would have to go to Gainesville to Riverside Academy or West Forsyth High School or studios large enough to house those kind of recitals. This could fill that need.”

Brumbalow said the design has plans for a classic marquee outside with light bulbs and changeable letters.

“The motif would all fit in line with the whole theme of the City Center of main street America from a simpler time,” Brumbalow said.

Brumbalow said groundbreaking on the project could happen later this summer.

“The schedule right now looks like we’ll be breaking ground on the project as a whole in August,” he said. “We’ve got to re-run sewer lines through the project. There are a lot of sewer lines running through it now that are old and need to be upgraded and upsized. That will probably be the first part of the project that gets started.”

The City Center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central High School on a 75-acre plot of land. The development will feature walking trails, park, space for businesses and a lake with a fountain.

Across Canton Highway, about 14 acres will also be donated to the city and will include other walking trails.

Forsyth Central and the city center will share a parking lot located northwest of the school’s football stadium.

Though the center will largely be green space and businesses, the Cumming Police Department and the city’s municipal court will also move to the development.

“It is improving on a weekly basis, and it is far beyond my wildest dreams. It just keeps getting better and better and better,” Brumbalow said. “The original vision, it’s gone well beyond that. I really think everyone will be thrilled with what the final product is going to be.”