Public Hearing on Southbury Movie Theater Rescheduled for Jan. 29

The hearing was postponed due to a roof fire that broke out at Pomperaug High School early Wednesday.

Photo credit: JanneM via Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo credit: JanneM via Flickr Creative Commons.
A roof fire caused by a malfunctioning transformer made for a hectic morning at Pomperaug High School Wednesday. As a result, residents will have to wait one more week to voice their opinions about the Riverview Cinema & Playhouse proposal.

The Southbury First Selectman's Office made the following announcement via email Wednesday afternoon:

"The Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, Jan. 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled per orders of the Southbury Fire Chief and the Superintendent of Schools for Region 15.

The public hearing will be continued to Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Pomperaug High School, Judd Road, Southbury, CT."

The public hearing on the movie theater proposal was initially scheduled at the Southbury Town Hall on Jan. 8. Due to the number of people who showed up to speak, the meeting was continued to Jan. 15 at the Pomperaug High School auditorium. 

However, a detailed presentation on the project took up last week's meeting, which was slated to continue on Jan. 22, giving the Zoning Commission and the public the chance to ask questions. 

Wednesday, Jan. 29 will mark the fourth try.

In the meantime, the LaFlamme family, developers of the project, answered some of our readers' questions, and last Wednesday's presentation can be found online here.

What questions will you ask, when you have the chance?

K B January 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM
My question would be to the opposers: why do you have to be up in arms over something that could give young Southbury residents something to do? You have your senior center, how about something for us?
F. Pielmeier January 23, 2014 at 02:07 PM
KB - what's fair is fair. I agree with you that young Southbury "residents" should have a Youth Center...one just like the Senior Center, with supervision. However, I'm guessing its the supervision part that young Southbury "residents" have a problem with.
K B January 23, 2014 at 02:14 PM
When I refer to young residents, I'm not referring to teens only, just those of us who are too young to qualify for a condo in Heritage Village. How nice that you assume that the teens in Southbury are an unruly bunch who scoff at "supervision". What movie theater are you going to that lets kids run wild without supervision? Please let me know so I can stay far away from it.
K B January 23, 2014 at 02:15 PM
As a 32 year old taxpaying resident of Southbury, I'd like to have a movie theater nearby rather than driving 20 minutes away.
Pgmr9 January 24, 2014 at 08:56 AM
K B , they are kept busy for 2 hrs. then what. WE had live entertainment in southbury, it was torn down for a Dunkin donuts. REMEMBER Playhouse Corner . but you WILL drive 20 mins to go to the MALL wont you
K B January 24, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Pgmr9 - so because one poorly run business failed, we should keep another from trying? If you go out to dinner for 2 hours, then what? Should we not have restaurants?
K B January 24, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Pgmr9 - No, I would rather have a root canal than visit a mall.
Pgmr9 January 24, 2014 at 09:28 AM
it fail because no one was going to see the live entertainment which by the way is one of the arguments to build the theater for live entertainment
K B January 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM
If no one patronizes the movie theater then it will fail. If no one shops at Stop & Shop, it will fail. It's called capitalism.
Woodbury Connecticut January 24, 2014 at 02:22 PM
KB: Seniors enjoy the movies too. ; ) Pgmr9: The theaters in other towns seem to be doing quite well. Community theater is a real plus for a town. It provides an activity for young and old.
Woodbury Connecticut January 24, 2014 at 02:34 PM
As a matter of fact the former town planner for Woodbury, Catherine Adsitt, strongly recommended that Woodbury encourage town theater. A town theater, either a professional summer stock operation or a year-round community theater, provides "something to do" which raises spirits, and brings people out of their homes and into the marketplace. It encourages visitors, and short term summer renters, who shop and put cash in to the local economy.
Pgmr9 January 24, 2014 at 03:41 PM
"Seniors enjoy the movies too. ;" oh yea i can see it now a theater full of old people watching the Rap inspired crap hollywood is putting out now a days, or the constant remakes of the original movies they have loved over the years
Keith Stone January 24, 2014 at 04:49 PM
re: Pgmr9 - Wow that comment seemed pretty racist. Just like all the commentators about the drugs dealers and chaos that this theater would bring from "outsiders". If you look at all the top grossing movies of this past year, please show me, in your words, were Rap inspired or how many were Oscar nominated?
Keith Stone January 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Here is a link to help you answer my previous question. http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view=calendargross&yr=2013&p=.htm
Pgmr9 January 25, 2014 at 06:04 AM
so you are suggesting it will only show TOP GROSSING movies , from what i have heard and read it will show ALL types of movies NOT just top grossing or has that change????
John January 25, 2014 at 08:37 AM
I believe some of the strongest supporters of this project will come from Heritage Village as the elderly will greatly appreciate a shuttle or short drive to a town theater to see a movie. I am sure the theater owners will be smart enough to offer discount matinee movies for the seniors also and will offer movies that will appeal to the senior citizens. This is one business in town that is a win for citizens of all ages. Just my opinion of course.......
Claudia Chapman January 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I don't live in Heritage Village but I could. Heritage Village isn't a nursing home. It's a community which anyone can buy in to starting at the age of 55. 55 is hardly ancient. Frankly I think the remarks about "old people" have been nasty and (more importantly) way off base. Some of you should consider actually paying a call at Heritage Village. The intellect, creativity, intelligence and love of life which many of the elders of this town are blessed with just may surprise you.
John January 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Here's a great letter sent to Voices recently: They’d Love a Movie Theater Published: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:06 AM EST To the Editor: We would love to have a movie theater right in town. What a pleasure that would be. It’s getting hard for us to drive far, sometimes in the dark, just for a flick, especially as we get older. Like our movie-loving friends we are in our 80s. We bet that parents of teens would be happy too, to see that their kids have a place to go without driving far. How much safer they would be. When our terrific library was being planned, many predicted traffic tie-ups. Did that come true? No. Why are we over-worrying now? Traffic impact when films are staggered will be negligible. Joyce Haskel Fred Morehead Southbury
Keith Stone January 27, 2014 at 02:20 PM
pgmr9 - I wasn't suggesting that at all. Why are you trying to twist my words? Plus using the Caps button is really driving your point! What I was saying is that your supposed point of "Rap Inspired" movies is absolute garbage. Not one "Rap Inspired" movie is in the top 75 grossing movies this year according to that list. A lot of independent and art movies are. So are blockbusters. I think by ALL movies they mean wide release, 3D, art, independent, which all can be top grossing movies. Plus I think they will also be playing locally made movies. You just seem to keep on bring up this "rap inspired" movies thing, having mentioned it on more than one post and you have nothing to back it up.
Pgmr9 January 28, 2014 at 09:45 AM
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Florida-Rapper-That-Inspired-James-Francos-Spring-Breakers-Character-Arrested-on-Drug-Charges-231357691.html--The rapper who inspired James Franco's character in the movie Spring Breakers has been arrested on drug charges, reported the Tampa Bay Times---http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/NATL-Spring-Breakers-Has-Bikini-Clad-Debut-at-SXSW-197078211.html--look it up
Pgmr9 January 28, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Pgmr9 January 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/ironic_a_rap_movie_good_for_the_whole_family.html----October 2, 2013 Ironic: A Rap Movie Good for the Whole Family
Pgmr9 January 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM
and if it doesn't show all genres of movies then it is not servicing the entire population of southbury now is it, since there are probably people that would want to see those movies.. it doesnt matter anyway its gong to be built, the decisions have already been made in the back room deals, this commission vote and these meetings are just smoke and mirrors for the public
end it now! January 28, 2014 at 01:18 PM
The "back room deal" you keep referring to is the Comprehensive Plan of Development. The Town set up guidelines for development many years ago for the whole town. As long as a developer works withing those guidelines, they can develop the property they own. There have been many years during which this could have been changed, but no one felt the need. This developer is looking for a variance that will increase the number of screens, but not the number of seats or anything else that will really change the purposes approved for the land. So, you are right, it will pass, or Southbury will likely face a lawsuit that it will most likely lose.
Angela Tosti Flynn January 28, 2014 at 02:32 PM
My letter to the commission focused on the size of the project and the future growth of Southbury. Personally I don't think we need 8 screens and no...2 huge screens is not the alternative. I caution people talking about hypotheticals such as crime, drugs, etc. as it can't be proven. Use of land, size, traffic, growth...those are the topics.
John January 31, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Is it true they are gonna meet again next week?


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