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Now showing in Liberty: 12-screen movie complex

An artist’s rendering of the new B&B Theatre in Liberty.
An artist’s rendering of the new B&B Theatre in Liberty. Image provided

Movie magic should be back in Liberty by the spring of 2018.

Screens went black in the town two years ago at the old B&B Theatre complex to make way for the Liberty Commons re-development project. As more stores open in the Liberty Commons development, B&B Theatres has been able to officially break ground just one street over from their last location.

The new site sits on 6 acres of previously undeveloped land to the north of Liberty High School. The new 12 screen movie complex is designed to be the company’s flagship and will eventually hold company corporate headquarters as well as the theaters.

Liberty’s previous B&B Theatre, which was also a 12 screen complex, shut down in fall of 2015. The building was torn down and re-developed into an Academy Sports anchor location at the Liberty Commons development which is near the intersection of Missouri 152 and Interstate 35.

The new theater location is slightly east of the old site at the corner of Conistor Street and Victory Drive. It is an adjoining property to Liberty High School and borders the new activity complex at the school.

Director of Public Relations for B&B Paul Farnsworth, says the company is excited about the new technology planned for the Liberty location. That includes the latest digital projection technology which can be viewed in stadium seating and leather recliner seating on wall-to-wall curved screens. Farnsworth says it has not been previously available anywhere in the Kansas City area..

“B&B Theatres is beyond thrilled to return to a Liberty presence. Liberty has been an anchor point for the company for many years, and this new facility will bring to the community and region opportunities to experience and enjoy the magic of the movies,” Farnsworth said.

The Liberty City Council has voted in June to support the estimated $19.5 million project with Tax Increment Financing, which gives the company a sales tax exemption for construction materials and includes tax abatement on personal property. The city is issuing industrial revenue bonds for the project.

B&B Theatres is a family owned and operated theater chain. It owns several theaters in the Kansas City area. The company, which is the seventh largest theater chain in North America, it operates about 400 screens in six different states.