Pleasant Hill theater enhances the moviegoing experience
Regulars to the Fridley Theatres' Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill are usually pretty outspoken about what they like and what they don't like about the theaters.
But lately, the staff at Copper Creek theaters have heard more good things than bad.
"From what they've told me, they really like the experience here," assistant manager Hailey Patrick said. "It's really been positive."
The positivity comes from the recent upgrades at the nine-auditorium movie house in Pleasant Hill's Copper Creek shopping center north of University Avenue. The Copper Creek Theatres underwent a $1 million renovation project that overhauled the theater, heralding the theater's biggest changes since it opened in November 1999.
The renovations included a refurbishment of each of its nine auditoriums, including new carpeting, curtains and wall draperies to enhance the theater-goers' experience at the movie, the assistant manager said.
"Everything, if it has not been touched on, has been fully replaced," Patrick said.
Each newly-refurbished auditorium now features 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby sound systems, and the largest of the nine theaters has a new 43.1 channel Dolby Atmos sound technology, which Patrick said is one of the more advanced audio systems theaters can have.
The theater also improved seating, adding extra-wide leather seats that have high backs, rocking mechanisms and movablearmrests. Also, the theater increased screen dimensions and updated projection equipment with a digital NEC 4K in its largest auditorium.
But the renovations didn't stop at upgraded auditoriums.
The Copper Creek Theatre refurbished its lobby with new carpeting, a more comfortable eating area and digital displays that replaced an older design. Other refurbishments include a new box office, a new concession stand, with more non-traditional food items like pizza, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, corn-dogs, hot dogs and hot pretzels. The theaters kept its staple items like popcorn, candy and soda.
The theater also overhauled the restrooms to feature ceramic tile, new fixtures, partitions and lighting.
To commemorate the renovations, the theater will hold a hold ribbon cutting ceremony for its recently renovated auditoriums at the Copper Creek Theaters on Wednesday, July 15, at 10 a.m., according to a press release.
"The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fridley Theatres' Copper Creek marks the launch of significant improvements that will have a meaningful and visible impact to our guests," said Russell Vannorsdel, director of operations at Fridley Theatres in the release. "As a locally owned and operated business, we're excited to lead the way in our market, making improvements that will provide an even better theatre experience for our customers."
Community members also appreciate the renovations, local officials said.
"Fridley Theatres' Copper Creek has been a long standing member of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and these renovations signify the service they provide to community members," said Cathy Jensen executive director of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce in the release. "All-in-all the renovations are a win-win for the community, moviegoers and for the City of Pleasant Hill."