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Times Square Cinema plans to become entertainment complex

(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)
(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)

A Tyler theater will soon be transitioning into an entertainment complex.

Brad Donley of Pyle Properties confirms, a 22 lane bowling alley, full restaurant and bar, gaming area and laser tag will be added to the existing theater at Times Square Cinema in Tyler.

"I'm happy for Howard and Times Square cinema having a family and event center, Tyler needs it," said Jon Florendo, Owner of Cork. Food & Drink.

For some tenants in the same shopping center, the theater's expansion will mean their relocation.

"I called the property owners first and they came down here and talked to us. They told us we had six months that we need to relocate, they really couldn't give us a time frame," said Anthony Splawn, Owner of East Texas Martial Arts.

East Texas Martial Arts has been in this location for more two years and Splawn said they have two and a half years left on their lease.

"We are going to start the process of looking at our options as far as other locations. We definitely want to have a place where we can continue to grow in our group. We have a strong family in our organization," Splawn said.

Cork owner Jon Florendo said the timing was perfect. Their lease was up and July and he's already found a building twice the size at the corner of Grande and Broadway to move his business.

"Outside dining and outside seating and we can grow our own garden and focus on the farm to table concept we always wanted to do," Florendo said.

Donley said the new Times Square Cinema space will be approximately 60,000 square feet.

According to the City of Tyler, no documents or plans have been submitted to the Planning or Building Services department.

Donley said they don’t have an open date just yet and plans are still being finalized.

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