A new upscale, enhanced-experience movie theater complex is coming to Powell Boulevard

RITA A. LEONARD - Exterior view of the new theater complex opening at 3945 S.E. Powell Boulevard.A new concept in theme-based movie viewing is coming – apparently, quite soon – to the business complex at S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) and Powell.

Studio One Theaters, to be located on the northeast corner of that busy intersection, is owned by Rudyard Coltman and Shelly Stevens-Coltman. There will be seven small theme-based theaters; a performance stage in the lobby; a full-service kitchen; and servers for the drinks and meals available to visitors, prepared on-site.

The theater spaces are being remodeled by Tenant Improvement Solutions. Previously on the site was a facility of the Oregon Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. General Contractor Dennis Sallee told THE BEE, "We're hoping to open by mid-December. The 12,000-sq.-ft. space is a lot bigger inside than it looks!

"There will be four small theaters and three larger ones, each one serving about 200 people. A connecting hallway with a row of advertising TVs will feature a 'living wall', with vines and other plants; and the walkway will have fish under glass panels."

Co-Owner Shelly Stevens-Coltman remarked, "Each theater is designed to look like a penthouse, with custom furnishings that match a theme: New York, Paris, Portland, Rio, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Each has an electric fireplace and a variety of flooring materials and furniture. We feature Dolby-Atmos sound, and all of our projectors are laser projectors, which have high-definition colors.

"We'll show first-run movies – or, families can rent a space to show their own movies! Our high-tech lobby, with its built-in stage, can accommodate special shows and performances. We can also customize the area for presentations aimed at business people. It will be an immersive experience, coming here for date nights, families, and business presentations.

"But since we'll have a liquor license, ages under 21 can only remain on-site until 6 p.m. We'll serve fifty wines by the glass, and twelve beers on tap."

If they have met their time-line, the theater complex should be opening right about the time this issue of THE BEE arrives.

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