Workers continue to make progress on the new IMAX theater going up next to the Star Cinema.
"The exterior of the building is completed, all the walls and the roofing are complete," said Scott Sklenar, director of operations for Wisconsin-based Star Cinema. He said all that remains on the outside now is the finishing work.
Inside, the walls to separate the theater from the projection room and lobby are being installed, as well as the risers for the stadium-style seating.
"It will hold about 346 seats plus handicap seats, which is designed by the IMAX company," said Sklenar.
The elevator, now being installed, will be used by customers and to lift the IMAX equipment to the third-floor projection booth.
The screen for the IMAX is not your typical movie screen. The IMAX screen is five stories high by 70 feet wide, Sklenar said.
Everything has to be clean in the theater before the screen is installed, to protect the screen from any impurities or imperfections. The screen will be one of the last items put in place a few weeks before opening.
Hollywood movies will be the primary films played, and customers will determine how long they stay at the theater, by viewership. Sklenar said IMAX films are usually announced six to eight months before they're released.
Workers from a contractor in Plain, Wis., have been working on the project, which has not been delayed by the weather.
"We're currently on schedule for an early March opening," said Sklenar.