Second Atascadero movie theater project to be reviewed next week

Atascadero's two top government agencies will review plans for La Plaza Theatre, a project that would put two theaters nearly across the street from each other in the downtown.

The Atascadero City Council and Planning Commission are to review the 10-screen theater and shops proposal at a joint meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., March 11 at City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real. The public is invited to comment.

The 33,000-square-foot theater project also calls for 4,330 square feet of restaurant space and 2,350 square feet of retail shops on a parcel that formerly housed the North County Christian Thrift Store before it was destroyed by a fire in March.

It's also within walking distance of the long-touted Colony Square project's Galaxy Theatres that's now under construction and is expected to open by the holidays.

The study session will include a review and discussion of the La Plaza plans, proposed by applicants John Roush, owner of Park Cinemas in Paso Robles, and other partners.

Roush has said the project is something that he has always wanted to do and in no way means ill intent toward Colony Square developer Jim Harrison.

After the discussion, the Planning Commission is expected to consider granting a permit for the project later this month.

-Tonya Strickland