Pix/Capri Theater reopening planned

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson movie lovers may soon find that they don't have to travel outside the city limits to see the latest releases.

Plans are underway to renovate and reopen Fondren's own Pix/Capri Theater.

"It seems it's time for a new cinema back in Jackson," said Jason Watkins, part owner of the Pix/Capri.

After more than 70 years in existence and time sitting practically dormant, a new generation of theater goers could experience entertainment at the North State Street fixture.

It is being renovated by a group which includes Jackson attorney and Fondren resident Jason Watkins.

The new version of the Pix/Capri Theater will offer a sit down meal while you watch movies on the big screen.

"It's just a whole dining movie experience, first run movies, but it's also a funky kind of deal for the arts crowd. We expect to have independent films, art films, things of that nature as well," said Watkins.

The original 500 seat theater will be transformed into a 200 seat venue.

Watkins said the building is structurally sound and just a week ago was filled with debris.

Theater equipment and reels from yesteryear will be upgraded in an estimated $5 to $10 million dollar transformation.

The cost will depend upon whether the theater is independent or part of a franchise.

Two more screens with 60 seats each will be constructed behind the building.

"It'd be the perfect spot," said Fondren resident Ronnie Martin.

The 30-year-old is excited about the news and said underground and indie films could also find a home here, fitting in with the urban vibe of the district.

"I think it would be wonderful because I mean this is Fondren. It's the art district out of all of Mississippi really. This is the main attraction. It would be the perfect spot, because I mean it's like the epicenter for really everything," said Martin.

The City of Jackson has not had a theater in more than a decade.

The Pix/Capri could fill that void.

"We just really want it to be the crown jewel of the city", added Watkins.

Developers plan to break ground in 2013 with expected completion of the project in nine months to a year.

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