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Village at Meridian theater owner plans new location in Downtown Boise

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A theater will return to Boise’s 8th Street area – dubbed BoDo Cinemas.

The existing Edwards Cinemas location on Broad St. closed at the outset of the pandemic, and last summer, the building’s owner confirmed to BoiseDev that the theater wouldn’t reopen.

Cinema West, which operates Village Cinema at Village at Merdian, says it will take over the empty space – with an expansion and remodel planned.

Last year, Rob Gerbitz, CEO of Hendricks Commercial Properties, which owns the building, told BoiseDev he hoped to replace Edwards with a more boutique-style theater.

“We want to work with some of the more boutique theater owners… and reconnect into what is more today’s boutique theater,” he said.

Upgrades, new screens, more

Cinema West says it will revamp the current nine auditoriums with recliner-style seating as well as “chaise loungers for two” in the front rows. New screens will go in and the sound system will see an upgrade to Dolby Atmos spatial audio.

In addition, two new “VIP screening rooms” will be added for private events and small groups.

Each of the 11 theaters will see upgraded projection technology as well.

The lobby, concessions, and common areas will also see changes, to what Cinema West called Edwards’ “neon-clad shell.”

“The recent revitalization of Boise’s downtown has been exceptional, and we are thrilled to be a part of it by adding an equally cool and hip movie theater to the mix,” Cinema West Executive Director James Howard said. “We have a proven reputation for bringing an upscale movie-going experience to our guests and can’t wait to give Boise’s Downtown locals and visitors the same opportunity.”

The new BoDo Cinema will open later this year or early in 2023 according to the company. Building permits have not yet been applied for, according to City of Boise records.

The cinema will join a number of other new projects at BoDo, including a new Treefort Music Hall and a dining hall concept known as The Warehouse.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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