The Collegiate Times endorses the building of an IMAX theater, as it would provide an anchor location for the South Main shopping center, which never became the booming mixed-use development it was promised to be. It would be a destination location for the region, as Blacksburg would be the only town with an IMAX theater in the area.
However, this is not the first time a movie theatre has been slated to open at First & Main. Developers promised a theater when the shopping center opened in 2008, but since the fallout with Frank's Theater, none has materialized.
It is crucial that this project is fully followed through with.