Goodrich considering renovation of Savoy 16

Goodrich considering renovation of Savoy 16

SAVOY — Goodrich Quality Theatres is considering a renovation of the Savoy 16 theater complex at Savoy Plaza, an area manager for the company said.

At this point, plans for renovation are only conceptual, Heath Thomas said. But the ideas include adding an auditorium, converting an existing auditorium to a community room, putting stadium seating in auditoriums that don't already have it and adding rest rooms.

Thomas said the theater complex has been around for "20-plus" years and it's time to renovate.

The company is working with an architect, Thomas said, but Goodrich is still in talks with the landlord and still dealing with financing for the project.

Thomas said he isn't "100 percent sure" where the new auditorium might be built, but suggested it could be to the south, toward Buffalo Wild Wings.

The auditorium targeted for conversion to a community room would be the complex's smallest.

That auditorium, Thomas said, would be the most difficult to convert for stadium seating, so it might be used to accommodate birthday parties and groups such as book clubs and sewing clubs.

Thomas said Goodrich has already made a "substantial investment" in new digital projection systems for the Savoy 16, and there are plans to add another 3-D screen this spring.

Goodrich Quality Theaters, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., has about 30 theater complexes in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

In addition to overseeing the Savoy 16, Thomas oversees complexes in Peoria, Batavia and Oswego as well as three complexes in the Indianapolis area and two in central Missouri.

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jim1 wrote on January 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

remodel the theater what a joke. champaign urbana the home of the supercomputing center. what we really need is a THX certified theater now that would be somthing. for all of you not in the know google what goes into a thx theater if this would happen then we would have something to brag about

pushpin1 wrote on January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Considering the enormous amount of money the Savoy must take in on a weekly basis, a much appreciated upgrade would be to heat the individual theaters. On the first showing, first day release of the new Sherlock Holmes film, and The Descendants - theaters 1 + 11, everyone in my group felt cold (yes, we were wearing coats) for the entire movie. I haven't returned for any additional new films because it isn't pleasant to be cold for two hours. The management's obliviousness to the situation seems crass to me.

CU-Mommy wrote on January 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

They need to renovate their staff!

HOCKEYDAD wrote on January 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

I have to agree, having a THX Certified theater would be nice, but what I'd really love to see would be an IMAX screen. I also agree the heating and cooling needs work. I have been both roasting and freezing in the winter as well as the summer. As far as the staff, they have always been friendly. I do wish they would do a better job of opening all the lines at the concession during busy times. While I HATE the seats at the Beverly, and therefore very rarely go there, I do like all the choices of soda they offer.