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Cranberry Cinemas expansion plans get supervisors' approval

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

They won't make movies about this, but you'll be able to see more movies.

Movie-goers will have a wider variety of viewing possibilities at Cranberry Cinemas after Cranberry's Board of Supervisors approved an expansion that will add two new screens to the 10-screen theater.

While Cranberry Cinemas will now occupy 2,683-square feet of two vacant stores next to it, it will also add 3,388-square feet outside to square off the theater.

The overall 6,071-square foot expansion was approved on Oct. 3, the township will not bear any of the project's costs.

“We're excited about this project, because it's an important use and reinvestment in the area and a great attractor of people,” said Ron Henshaw, Cranberry's director of community development. “We hope even more people will shop there, go to the restaurants and see a movie in the theater.”

The project was approved under the condition that mall owners finance pedestrian amenities under Cranberry's streetscape enhancement ordinance.

Mall owners will finance a crosswalk across Freedom Road to Sheetz.

They will also finance a sidewalk, trees and shrubbery between the front of the mall's parking lot and Freedom Road.

“We're trying to define the street edge and having it stand out versus something you overlook,” Henshaw said.

The expansion will cause a few parking spaces to be lost, though the parking lot currently provides 3,007 spaces.

Henshaw said he does not know when construction will begin or how large the new theaters will be.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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