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Southbury Theater Hearing Rescheduled Due to Crowd

Due to the vast number of people who showed up, the public hearing has been rescheduled for next week at Pomperaug High School.

The hearing that almost was...Wednesday, January 8th, Southbury Town Hall. Photo by Lorien Crow.
The hearing that almost was...Wednesday, January 8th, Southbury Town Hall. Photo by Lorien Crow.
The Public Hearing on Riverview Cinemas and Playhouse, the Southbury Movie Theater Multiplex proposal, has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Pomperaug High School auditorium, 234 Judd Road, Southbury, at 7:30 p.m.

So many people showed up at the Southbury Town Hall for Wednesday, Jan. 8's Zoning Commission meeting that the Southbury Fire Marshal deemed Room 205 over capacity.

Had the Zoning Commission continued with the planned public hearing, Southbury Police would have had to turn away anyone else who tried to enter the room.

In order to give everyone who came to the first meeting the chance to hear the proposal and voice their opinions, the hearing will now take place next week in the larger venue at Pomperaug.

Want to share your thoughts on the movie theater plans? Post in the comments or on our Opinion Board.


Southbury Joe January 15, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Keith...I was born and raised in the Bronx and lived there until I was 26. So trust me, there's nothing in CT that can make me cringe. Moved to CT in my 30's....Waterbury, CT. So I'm well versed in seeing neighborhoods change and moving to find a better place. I worked my rear off to buy a nice home here in Southbury. It's my opinion, through experience, that this project would do more harm than good. It's also my opinion that Southbury is worth protecting. Richard T. - thanks for the comments.
Keith Stone January 15, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Richard you are right. I was clowning around...to a degree. If you go and read all of Joe's comments, even on the 6 new police hires, not just on this specific thread, he is consistently making remarks of the threat of young people coming from other towns to Southbury to sell drugs and cause a ruckus all in the name of this new theater being built. That, my friend, is totally unfounded, inappropriate and stupid! He is obviously trying to make a correlation of bad young people from other towns and drugs with movie theaters. That is why I made my comment of which movie theater he purchases his drugs from since he seems to believe an abundance of that exists at movie theaters. Joe even went to Waterbury to survey students to see if they were going to come to Southbury if a movie theater is built. Why not go to Southbury, Woodbury, Middlebury, Roxbury, Oxford, Newtown, Brookfield, all of the bordering towns and not just Waterbury?
Southbury Joe January 15, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Keith, we have a drug problem in our schools now. Much of the drugs come in from the Waterbury area. Dealers are around Pomperaug often. The developer made mention that the patrons would most likely not be from Waterbury. That's why we surveyed Waterbury. We already know the immediate towns will be here. You just don't see my concern. It's the "it won't happen here" attitude that has brought down many a town. Just being cautious and open minded about an issue that already has roots in this community. There is no need to magnify it. There are tons of theaters nearby. Why our backyard? And Keith...it's not the theater itself that brings drugs, litter, and noise to the town...it's the audience that it commands.
end it now! January 15, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Joe, your arguments could just as easily be used to justify shutting down half of the businesses in town. KMart, McDonald's, Starbucks, Staples, et al are all destinations visited by many from other towns. Should we shut them all down? I could drive to Newtown for office supplies, but as a small business owner I am thrilled there is a Staples in town. Drugs are in Southbury and have been for years. They are also in Roxbury, Woodbury and every other town whether they have these "attractions" or not. It's not just the kids who take them either. The business will close, you say? IBM might close. Staples might close. That's the risk of any business. Should we ban all businesses from town? I remember the same arguments about Kensington Green on Main St. It was next to the elementary school and a "bad element" would put our kids in danger. It was said, "Those businesses are notoriously unprofitable and it will leave us with a useless building, right on Main St!" Yet, it is still there and thriving. It may not work out the way they planned, but no business is risk free. I like the developer's vision for the property and I hope they are successful in their endeavor.
Southbury Joe January 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Great...part II of the public hearing should be next week at Pomperaug. You should come to show your support.

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