When friends and families decide to do something fun together, going to the cinema is always an option. Moviegoers enjoy films best when the cinema itself is well designed, luxurious and has the latest technology such as IMAX screens and digital surround-sound. Even some movie theaters complete the film viewing experience by providing dine-in and bar services while customers watch the film seated on comfortable reclining or rocking leather padded seats. Whether customers prefer 2D, 3D or IMAX movie screening, there is at least one cinema house for every state.
In the list below, we’ve provided the best theater contractors for each state. The firms have experience in building, upgrading or renovating cinemas located within the state and sometimes all across the country. Our criteria for identifying the best contractor include years of experience, notable projects, famous clients, customer reviews, principal background, press features, and awards.
Blalock Building Company
7309 Gadsden Hwy., Trussville, AL 35173
In 2007, Blalock Building Company was chosen to build the new 14-screen movie theater located in Bessemer, Alabama. A year later, the 54,000 square feet auditorium was announced as the first all-digital theatre ever constructed in the USA. Equipping all screens with digital projection and the strategic placements of media rooms and projectors, Blalock Building Company received a 2011 Excellence in Construction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for Regal Cinemas at Salmon Run Mall in Watertown, NY.
For over 13 years, Blalock Building Company has been offering its services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, and New York. Clienteles such as Regal Entertainment Group, Monaco Pictures, and Premiere Cinemas keep returning for its innovative expertise.
Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc.
6591 A St. Suite #300, Anchorage, AK 99518
Located in Tikahtnu Commons, Regal Theater consists of 16 screens, including Alaska’s first IMAX and an all-digital projection screen. The 70 foot-wide IMAX theater was carefully designed to immerse the audience—a slightly curved screen, digital surround-sound, and a patented theater geometry. The 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art theater complex is only one of the splendid projects completed by Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc.
Since 1976, Davis Constructors & Engineers have been offering their services in Alaska as a general contractor, statewide. Within those 43 years, the company received awards from AGC Excellence in Construction Award and earned a spot in the Top 100 Green Contractors listed by Engineering News Record. Davis Constructors truly takes pride in a job well done, which is why Regal Cinemas remains a loyal client of the company.
LGE Design Build
740 N 52nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Last year, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema graced its way to the busy Baseline Road in Tempe. With LGE Design Build to oversee the design of the theater, the cinema has been recognized for its appearance—the skins of the building painted with metal panel radiate the old-red-movie-theater-curtain vibe. Today, the cinema is known for its combination of movie theater, eatery, and bar open to nearby neighborhoods.
With over 1,000 projects in the last 25 years, LGE Design Build has built its reputation brick by brick with its seamless marriage of superior design and construction, exceeding clients’ expectations. While specializing in design-build, the company also offers services such as construction, architecture, entitlements, and partnerships. In 2017 the received a Community Impact Award from the AZ Business Magazine.
1 Information Way Suite #300 Little Rock, AR 72202
VCC Construction brought Movie Tavern to the Little Rock community within an impressively short 10 months. The 47,350 square-foot theater contains 11 screens, all with state-of-the-art technology. Working closely with the architects, VCC’s team ensured the detailed external and internal design while utilizing all materials without compromising the budget. The Movie Tavern was given its well-deserved recognition by the ABC Arkansas and was awarded Excellence in Construction.
Other than serving local regions like Arkansas, California, and Florida, VCC also offers its services internationally. Services include budgeting, pre-construction, general contracting, safety, and more. For 32 years, diversity and inclusion have been the two words to which the company is committed, believing that having a diverse working environment will strengthen the collaborative quality of the company.
260 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Taking over the lease of space that was The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, Austin Film Society hired Swinerton as the general contractor to renovate the theater, today known as Austin Film Society Cinema. In the spring of 2017, the cinema opened its doors to the public, showcasing the renovated lobby with a full bar and café, a two-screened main theater, and an upgraded sound system. Today, the non-profit film society uses the newly renovated theater to exhibit independent, experimental, and non-mainstream art films.
Swinerton has endured through both World Wars, the Great Depression, and several natural disasters. Standing strong today, the company offers its general contracting and pre-construction services nationwide. Safety is the firm’s #1 priority; having healthy, educated, productive, and exceptional workers is key to long term success.
1815 W 12th St., Loveland, CO 80538
Built for film enthusiasts and the Fort Collins community, Lyric Cinema Café is more than just a movie theater showing indie films; it is also a bar/restaurant serving a long menu of snacks, local beers, and bubble teas. With Hoff Construction as the theater’s general contractor, Lyric Cinema Café was able to obtain a quaint coffee-shop look that goes well with its art-house content and movie retrospectives. A patio stage was placed outdoors for live music and an outdoor movie theater.
Hoff Construction has been providing high-quality construction services for 30 years in the state of Colorado. The company believes that by having a determined crew and developing expert communication skills is the way to achieve success in every project.
Connecticut and Rhode Island
KBE Building Corporation
7150 Columbia Gtwy. Dr. Suite A, Columbia, MD 21046
Throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, five Hoyts Cinemas stand and are appraised for exemplary construction, which was headed by KBE Building Corporation. One of these cinemas includes the largest Hoyt’s in the world, located in Providence. The theater measures 126,000 square feet and can accommodate 4,300 people.
For 60 years, KBE Building Corporation has been offering its services throughout the mid-Atlantic and northern U.S. The firm’s services include Asset Reinvestment Programs, LEED/Sustainability, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Other than building infrastructures, the company prioritizes building relationships with its clients and design partners.
322 A St. Suite #300 Wilmington, DE 19801
Completed in 2011, Penn Cinema is a 14-screen cinema house located in Wilmington, Denver. The entertainment facility was built by BPGS Construction with a $20 million budget. It features 15 auditoriums with a total of 3,218 seats, a large open lobby, a large IMAX theater, concessions area, and a mezzanine overlooking the main lobby.
BPGS Construction is a general contractor serving notable clients within and outside the borders of the Midatlantic region. It has produced a variety of projects for major clients such as the Sheraton Hotel, Hampton Inn, the Power Training Complex, the Queen Theater, and more. The company is dedicated to providing its clients with a well-engineered and highly efficient value-driven construction process.
4675 Ravenswood Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
GSD Contracting is a general contractor that has produced a wide variety of projects for local and international clients. Its services include general contracting, renovation, design-build, unique construction, and green construction. The firm earns a total revenue of $8.2 million annually by completing projects for major clients such as Volvo, Marriott Hotel, Hampton Inn Hotel, Cartier, and more.
The company’s commercial projects includes a renovation of the Cinemark Theater located inside the Lakeland Square Mall in Florida. The 50,000 square-foot cinema was a former Muvico Theatre property which was transformed into a 12-screen Cinemark theater house.
Benning Construction Company
4695 S Atlanta Rd. Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30339
With an $8 million construction cost, AMC Dine-in Ovation 11 made its way to the community of Snellville, Georgia. Benning Construction Company made sure to include luxurious features like reserved seating, seat recliners, full-service dine-in, and a cocktail lounge. The cinema was originally constructed for Carmike Cinemas which was then acquired by AMC Theatres.
Since 1953, Benning Construction Company has constructed movie theaters, auditoriums, and other entertainment complexes just like the Dine-In cinema. Offering its services over 12 states nationwide such as pre-construction capabilities, planning & design support, and construction services. Serving 12 regions, Benning Construction Company is more than just a builder; it is a skilled General contractor and Construction Manager specializing in retro-style cinemas.
Scott Hedrick Construction
1154 N Orchard St., Boise, ID 83706
For many years, Caldwell has been working its way to becoming a “tourist-friendly” city. Ever since Caldwell restored the Indian Creek, the newly-built plaza has become a front porch for the city. Last year, one of Scott Hedrick Construction’s projects include the Luxe Reel Theatre, located on the corner of Main and Arthur streets. The Luxe Reel Theatre is the first luxury theater in Idaho to house an 11-screen theater with high-quality sound systems and new digital laser projection systems. The rooms of Luxe Reel Theatre vary in size. The smallest rooms have about 30 seats, while the largest rooms are able to fit more than 200 people.
Over the last 23 years, Scott Hedrick Construction has been expanding its operations throughout the Northwest region in cities like Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Scott Hedrick Construction is very much involved in doing public works and privately funded projects. The company also provides construction services for office buildings, storage facilities, ski resort facilities, hotels and motels, and more.
PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC
1000 W Irving Park Rd., Suite #200, Itasca, IL 60143
Harper Theater has come such a long way since it first opened its doors in 1915. After being left vacant for over 10 years, the University of Chicago purchased the historical landmark in 2002 in hopes of bringing back Chicago’s glory days. With an initial total area of 1,200 square feet, this revitalized theater now measures 10,000 square-feet with four new theaters fitting 400 people. Fresh millwork, upgraded floors and lights, new elevator and staircase, and window frame installation are some of the renovations performed by the firm. Along with its improved features, the goal was to save the prominent terra cotta exterior of Harper Theater.
This award-winning renovation earned PREMIER a respected reputation in Chicago. PREMIER’s services cater to a variety of design and construction needs of different clients. This all-in-one firm will save time, reduce risks and limit price, while delivering an output that exceeds client expectations. With 40 years of design and construction experience and over 10 million square feet of completed projects, the company’s versatility expands to industrial, commercial, healthcare, adaptive reuse and multifamily markets.
440 Nowlin Ave., Greendale, IN 47025
John L. Maxwell’s construction firm has been providing construction and design-build services for a diverse market since 1988. It has completed over 4 million square feet of projects, earning over $40 million annual gross revenue. The company offers its services throughout the Southeast Indiana areas, building structures for companies in the commercial, banking, medical, restaurant markets.
An example of the company’s cinema project is the Greendale Cinema house in Greendale, Indiana. It features 10 screens with stadium seating and Dolby surround-sound.
The Weitz Company, LLC
420 Watson Powell Jr. Way, Suite #100, Des Moines, IA 50309
The Weitz Company is a full-service construction company that serves diverse markets throughout the US. Specializing in commercial, industrial, and heavy industrial projects, the firm has been committed to superior quality, value, and complete customer satisfaction since its establishment in 1855. With an annual revenue of $1.5 billion, Weitz has earned several high rankings from ENR for several categories such as Top 400 Contractors, Top 50 Program Management Firms, and Top General Building Contractors. It has also been recognized by Building Design + Construction magazine, receiving high rankings in lists such as Giants 300 Contractors, BIM Construction Firms, and International Work Construction Firms.
This commercial/general contractor is among the handful of builders in Iowa that has experience in constructing a movie theater. Weitz built Omaha’s popular cinema theater known as the Marcus Midtown Theater. The 57,000-square-foot entertainment space houses a six-screen cinema with complete dine-in service featuring a lounge and restaurant with its own bar and view of Midtown Crossing.
Prosser Wilbert Construction, Inc.
13730 W 108th St., Lenexa, KS 66215
Prosser Wilbert Construction is a leader in the entertainment construction industry providing general contracting services for the construction of new movie theatres and renovations to existing theatres. Theatre renovation projects have included converting sloped floor auditoriums to stadium seating with power operated leather recliners, new carpeting, new front ends (screens, masking and rigging systems), upgrades to projectors and surround speaker systems. Some theatres have been upgraded to dine-in-theatres, requiring the addition of full-service kitchens, along with full services bars and lounges. Upgrades to concessions, lobbies, box offices and restrooms are also included in these projects.
Prosser Wilbert Construction has paved its way to becoming an outstanding general contractor. Prosser Wilbert is a commercial building contractor providing other services such as construction management and design-build. For over 15 years, Prosser Wilbert Construction has been serving clients in 35 states across the U.S. The firm is committed to diligently serving its clients, listening, and creating real solutions.
344 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
MAPP was the hired general contractor to build the Celebrity Theater. The construction of this structure went through three phases. For the first phase, the company built two outstanding screen theater auditoria from the ground up, consisting of structural steel multi-tiered riser seating, new restrooms, and vending areas. For phase two, a new gaming area was built from the ground up as well. Finally, in the last phase, the prize store was upgraded. MAPP has built 45+ ground up theaters and 14 reseating and recliner conversions throughout 8 different states. In addition, to completing 4 IMAX theaters. MAPP has had the pleasure of working with multiple theater clients: Cinemark Theatres, Celebrity Theatres, Hollywood, AMC Theatres, Epic, Grand Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse, Silverado, and Movie Tavern.
MAPP is an end-to-end service offering pre-construction services, construction services, BIM design-build services, maintenance, and warranty plus program. The company team takes pride in their ability to deliver groundbreaking results that surpass the clients’ vision and expectations. In every phase, the five ways of work ethic are observed—doing the right thing, having fun, raising the bar, finding a way, and being different. MAPP also has an office in Dallas, Texas.
19 Industrial Rd., Saco, ME 04072
With over 30 years of construction experience, PM Construction Co. leads as the premier contractor in Northern New England serving A-rated clients. Talented employees, customer satisfaction, and hard work are the core principles of the company. William Nason, the president of PM Construction, is of pivotal importance to the company’s success. Nason managed to improve the company’s performance from producing $1 million to $30 million annually.
PM Construction Co. worked with Cinemagic to renovate an existing 50,000 square-foot theater in Maine. Part of the renovation process involved the addition of a 14,266 square-foot facility that will house a floor-to-ceiling IMAX Theater and a luxurious restaurant. Unlike 3D films, IMAX features a higher quality and brighter resolution of images which families in Saco city will enjoy.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
300 E Joppa Rd., Baltimore, MD 21286
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is known for its diverse projects in the entertainment scene. Building theme parks, museums, zoos, and performance theaters, the company has proven its expertise with cutting-edge technology to enhance facilities. As one of the world’s leading entertainment brands, Universal Studios opened a new movie theater with the help of Whiting-Turner. The 156,000 square-foot theater housing 18-screens—formerly an AMC Theater in Hollywood—was remodeled with a new main entrance, new auditorium reclining seating, high-end finishes, immersive sight and sound technology, and a full-scale cocktail bar where movie-goers can lounge before and after watching. Each auditorium, or “black box,” consists of black seats, speakers, and walls that are made intentionally for the engaging experience.
With over 30 offices nationwide, Whiting-Turner has already established a credible reputation throughout the United States. The company is highly recognized for its consistent performance and outstanding client relations. Since 1909, Whiting-Turner’s mission is to build on its reputation for integrity, excellence, experience, and leadership. The company has been a recipient of numerous awards such as the 2015 Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award, 2016 ENR Mid-Atlantic Best Region, and was ranked 3rd place as the Nation’s Largest Hotel Sector Contractor.
65 Allerton St., Boston, MA 02119
Suffolk Construction’s core vision is to “transform the construction experience by building smart.” By building smart, this Massachusetts-based company intends to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what it can offer as a prominent construction firm. Suffolk believes in the power of communicating with its stakeholders to achieve the same goals it has in mind. Suffolk’s CEO, John Fish, believes that building successful projects is more than just creating the best output but also creating a strong partnership with its clients.
Suffolk Construction managed to complete an open-air lifestyle center within two years under a fast-track schedule. Patriot Place is a 1,200,000 square-foot retail complex that includes retails, offices, museum space, a hotel, a fitness center, restaurants, and a 16-screen deluxe cinema. The retail complex is just one of Suffolk Construction’s many projects; it is the largest contractor in Massachusetts.
6471 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Hts., MI 48312
The MJR Grand Digital Cinema 16 elevates the entire cinematic venue experience for all movie-goers. Inside the 70,000 square-foot cinema, there are 16 studios with 3,200 pedestal mount and comfortable high-back rocker-style seats. The space also contains a lobby-bar offering full-service adult beverages located off the main promenade. The majestic 450-seat Epic Experience has one of the largest movie screens in North America which measures: around 80 feet wide and 45 feet tall. Other new features of this spacious theater include 100% “Christie” digital and 3-D technology for the projection booths in every studio.
At Roncelli, the firm is dedicated to building excellence in meeting the tailored needs of its clients. Roncelli specializes in construction management at risk, design-build, and general contracting services. Its core beliefs include the promotion of green and sustainable solutions in its projects and business operations. Roncelli is not only invested in its clients; it also supports organizations like The Autism Society of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CARE House, Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation, Turning Point, and others.
2317 Waters Dr., Mendota Hts., MN 55120
Jaeger Construction is a commercial and general contractor established in 2005. The firm offers new construction, renovation, tenant improvement, and restoration projects throughout Minnesota and five other states. From corporate buildings to entertainment structures, the firm delivers every project with a commitment to safety, quality workmanship, and attention to detail as its top priorities.
Some of the company’s works include the Bemidji Bowl entertainment complex, George and the Dragon restaurant build-out, the Woodcrest Church multi-level educational facility, Lakes 12 Theatre, Micon Theatre in Wisconsin, and Mann’s Cinema 8. Whether $200 or $30 million, Jaeger Construction is willing to take on any type of construction project.
Neal Group Construction
204 S Joplin Ave., Joplin, MO 64801
Neal Group Construction is the firm that was selected by B&B Theaters to build its branch in Ozark, Missouri. The theater is more famously known as B&B Ozark-Nixa 12, which features multiple screens for 3D and 4D films, Plush leather recliners, full dine-in service, and a grand screen for special movie viewing.
The company is one of Missouri’s finest Green Builders and has completed over 100 projects since its inception in 2005. More than 90 of its projects have focused on commercial historic restoration, but the company also offers sustainable renovation and construction of residential, corporate buildings, retail, and more. The firm is affiliated with the US Green Building Council and is a recipient of the 2008 Heritage Landmark Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
Martel Construction, Inc.
1203 S Church, Bozeman, MT 59715
Rialto Theater, located in Deer Lodge, Montana, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, this beautiful 192’s “Movie Palace” burned down in November 2006, affecting the stage, auditorium, and balcony. Having already completed numerous projects in historic restoration, Martel Construction was the chosen general contractor to rebuild the movie theater. Today, the theater has 485 seats, carpeted floors, an old fashioned ticket booth, painted murals, and decorations similar to those of the original design. The project was completed in 2012 with an estimated budget of $3.4 million.
Martel Construction has produced projects for a variety of markets, including civic, education, and residential. The business anchors itself on the core values of integrity, safety, quality, and reliability. Established in 1960, the company began as a small construction firm specializing in building spec-homes. Martel is now an award-winning firm, honored by the Montana Contractors’ Association with an Excellence in Craftsmanship Bronze Award in 2014.
Lund Ross Constructors
4601 F St., Omaha, NE 68103
The 60,000 square-foot structure owned by Saddle Creek Records in Omaha was built by Lund Ross Constructors. The space consists of offices, a warehouse, a music venue, two live/work units, and a two-screen cinema. The project was honored with an Excellence in Construction Award in 2008 from the ABC and was featured in several notable publications such as the New York Times, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal. The project was worth $8.2 million and was completed in the year 2007.
Lund Ross Constructors has been providing construction services all across the midwestern USA serving clients in the commercial, residential, educational, religious, and public sectors. This 32-year-old firm, led by CEO Larry Lundquist, consists of 50 full-time project managers, LEED Accredited Professionals (AP), superintendents, field engineers, field craftsmen, and administrative professionals. Lund Ross has earned more than 25 Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC in the past 10 years, making it a preferred general contractor of Nebraska.
J.A. Tiberti Construction
1806 Industrial Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102
J.A. Tiberti Construction is a general and commercial contractor serving different cities throughout Nevada. In its 60 plus years of operations, the company has completed more than 16 Hotel/Casino projects, 20 school projects, 60 water/wastewater projects, and 6 medical facilities. This family business, which is owned and managed by its founder, J.A. Tiberti, prioritizes building relationships through integrity, commitment, and top quality performance. In the past, the firm was awarded a Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Award by the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel & Casino was one of the company’s impressive projects. Inside the 640,000 square-foot building are casinos, hotels, restaurants, activity centers, and a 16 screen movie theater complex. J.A. Tiberti Construction is one of the few contractors experienced in building entertainment projects in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hutter Construction Corporation
810 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich, NH 03071
Although the company is based in New Hampshire, a company from Littleton, Massachusetts hired Hutter Construction Corporation to build O’Neil Cinemas at The Point. The retail complex has an area of 540,000-square-foot that includes cinema theaters with eight screens—eventually expanded to 12—stadium seating, and a 76-seat bar and restaurant with a 20-foot screen to watch sporting events. It also features Dolby Digital surround sound, Vivid 4K Digital Projection, 3-D viewing technology, and fully reclinable loungers.
Hutter Construction is recognized as one of the largest companies in the state offering construction management, design-build, and general contracting services. From commercial to healthcare, or industrial to residential, the firm has participated in the construction and renovation of projects from different markets. The 46-year-old firm was awarded by AGC in 2013 for its excellence in safety.
601 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470
March Construction completed an eight-screen, 528-seat, luxury dine-in movie theater in just 9 months. iPic Theater is a unique cinema house with an attached restaurant and bar called City Perch Kitchen. It is a place where customers can find a classy movie viewing experience while enjoying their delicious meal. Other than iPic Theaters, the company has also completed another movie theater project for Kerasotes, the sixth-largest movie-theatre company in North America.
For over 30 years, the company has offered construction management, general contracting, design-build services, and more. Based in New Jersey, this general contractor extends its services to several states, including New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Louis March Jr., founder and president, and the rest of the management team ensure that principles of honesty and integrity are present in all of the firm’s services.
White Sands Construction
1700 10th St., Alamogordo, NM 88310
A 45,000 square-foot facility in New Mexico designed to provide multiple entertainment venues includes features such as sixteen bowling lanes, 18-hole miniature golf course, arcade, sports bar, and six movie theaters. This entertainment center, known as the Starmax Deming, was built by White Sands Construction in 2009. The movie theaters were constructed of soundboard with fabric walls. Floor finishes varied based on the venue and included carpeting, vinyl composition tile, ceramic tile, and specialty flooring.
White Sands Construction has been serving New Mexico for over 13 years and has worked on projects with contract value worth up to $10 million. Some of the firm’s clients include Burger King, IHOP, Taco Bell, Dominos Pizza, and more. Major companies choose White Sands Construction for its more than satisfactory construction services.
The Heskel Group
545 Fifth Ave. Suite #822, New York, NY 10017
Known for being one of Manhattan’s most efficient builders, The Heskel Group provides construction services for clients who plan to build entertainment centers, business and professional offices, retail stores, and medical centers. The company has acquired several UA Brandon Cinemas, which the company continues to enhance and develop. It features high-back rocker seats, high-tech projection, and digital sound systems. Another movie-theater project that the company worked on is the United Artists Midway Theatre located at 108-22 Queens Boulevard. The theatre was improved by adding nine screens, elevators, and upgraded stadium seating with cup rests.
The Heskel Group’s portfolio of construction projects has helped beautify the cityscape of Forest Hills, Queens, and Manhattan. In over 47 years of service, the company has collected multiple awards from several organizations, including a United States Thunderbirds Award and an Excellence in Construction Award from the Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Queens.
Citadel Contractors Inc.
3405 Apex Peakway, Apex, NC 27502
Citadel Contractors offers an innovative construction method called the Tilt-Up construction services, which aims to shorten the delivery schedule and increase savings for its clients. This method was used for the construction of several movie theater projects of the firm including Park West 14, Palladium Theater, Sun Valley 14, and Manchester Cinema. The application of the Tilt-Up method helped in the reduction of construction and operating costs, creating exceptional sound control and durability, and effective integration of stadium seating. The company is one of the few construction firms in the state offering the Tilt-Up construction for cinemas.
Citadel has worked on projects for a wide array of markets, from multi-story office buildings to municipal structures. Its design-build approach encourages collaboration and streamlines communication among its team of architects, engineers, supervisors, project managers, and contractors. Since its establishment in 1997, the company has earned a number of certifications, including Tilt-Up Contractor Association (TCA)-Certified Tilt-Up Contractor, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)-Certified Steel Erector, and a Safety Certification.
Naseth Construction Inc.
7774 100th Ave., S Horace, ND 58047
Scott Naseth’s 23-year-old firm specializes in new construction, renovations, and additions for commercial, industrial, educational, medical, religious, recreational, and civic buildings. The company values the importance of long-term client relationships, which has become the secret to the company’s highly sought after construction services. Apart from client satisfaction, the firm is also committed to safe and quality workmanship. A collaborative team environment, use of innovative techniques to improve productivity, and optimization of resources with limited costs are just a few of the factors that keep the company motivated to provide its clients with the best output.
Naseth Construction is one of the few general contractors in the state that has experience in building and renovating movie theaters such as the West Acres Theaters, now known as The Marcus West Acres Cinema. It features 14 upgraded auditoriums—one of which is an UltraScreen DLX concept with a massive screen of nearly 70-foot wide, almost three-stories tall—a Dolby Atmos multidimensional sound, and comfortable DreamLounger recliner seating.
L.D. Kerns Contractors
555 N Elm St., Jenks, OK 74037
The Circle Cinema Theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma was originally constructed in 1928. However, through time, the structure became dilapidated, and eventually desperately needed renovation. L.D. Kerns Contractors was able to preserve this unique and historic theater by modifying the exterior façade, renovating the 105-seat and 250-seat auditoriums, and improving the lobby, ticket booth, and restrooms. The whole construction process was divided into four phases, which were completed depending on the availability of funds coming from charitable donations. It was finished in 2013 with a total cost of $1.895 million and was given an Excellence in Construction Award in 2013 for the category of Historical Renovation from the local chapter of the ABC.
L.D. Kerns Contractors has been in the industry for 20 years, offering general contracting, construction management, and design-build services throughout the state. ABC has recognized L.D. Kerns Contractors for Excellence in Construction eight times since 2006.
Robinson Construction Co.
8060 NE Walker Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97124
With a contract value of $12.6 million, Robinson Construction Company built one of the nation’s largest theaters, with a total area of 79,500 square feet. It is known as Regal Cinemas-Barkley Village 16, which consists of 16 auditoriums with a total number of 2,935 seats, an IMAX, and an RPX theater with state-of-the-art sound systems. The firm has worked on award-winning projects such as the New Mission Theater, which received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 for the category of Historic Preservation from the California Preservation Foundation.
Robinson Construction has been operating for over 60 years, and has earned a reputation for providing quality projects both on time and under budget. Based in Portland and Seattle, this general contractor offers its services nationwide, driven by the core principles of integrity, family values, and pride in a job well done.
Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
5506 6th Ave., Altoona, PA 16602
Among all general contractors in Pennsylvania, Leonard S. Fiore is one of the few construction firms that has experience in building movie theater projects. The firm built the Carmike Cinema from the ground up. The theater features a lobby that contains ticket and concession counters, stadium auditoriums with luxurious seats, a 78-foot-screen with a 7.1 surround-sound, and a digital projector for both 2D and 3D movies.
The firm was established in 1954 by Leonard S. Fiore, Sr. The firm is focused on earthwork, utilities, concrete, and contracting services. The firm is now one of the frequently hired contractors for commercial construction. Pre-construction, construction management, and design-build are the main services it offers to clients across the Mid-Atlantic states, so Virginia, New York, West Virginia, and Ohio . The company was also a recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Construction awards from the ABC of Central Pennsylvania.
B. Kahn Construction
101 Flintlake Rd., Columbia, SC 29223
M.B. Kahn Construction is a general contractor based in South Carolina that serves all market sectors across the Southeast of the US. This 92-year-old firm built today’s popular Science Museum & IMAX Dome Theatre in North Carolina. The 72,000 square-foot building houses a museum where guests can see and experience realistic rain forest views and aquatic creatures. The IMAX cinema part of the structure is a three-story tall dome-shaped screen that features stadium seating, 12,000 watts of surround-sound, and a projection lamp that can be seen from space. The Omnimax theater has the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas.
M.B. Kahn Construction offers general contracting, construction management, design-build services and more. It has earned a myriad of awards in the past, including a New Construction Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an Award of Merit for Green Projects from ENR Southeast, and a high ranking from ENR as South Carolina’s #1 Contractor.
45 First St. SE, Ortonville, MN 56278
Although the company is based in Minnesota, Hasslen Construction offers services such as new construction, additions, and renovations throughout both Minnesota and South Dakota. With 125 years of experience, the firm specializes in construction for healthcare, education, commercial, recreation, religion, agriculture, and entertainment. One of the company’s projects was the construction of the Odyssey Grand 8 Theatre located in Watertown, South Dakota. The cinema features electronic lounger chairs with wall to wall screens.
Other outstanding works produced by the firm include the $6.8 million YMCA facility in Minnesota, the Unity Square in Milbank, South Dakota, and the $20.4 million Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Administration Building in South Dakota. Hasslen Construction is led by Brent Hasslen, who has overseen $300 million-worth of construction projects.
Tennessee and Mississippi
Linkous Construction Company
1661 Aaron Brenner Dr., Suite #207, Memphis, TN 38120
Since 1983, an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to quality have been the main motivations keeping Linkous Construction Company at the top of its game. The firm offers general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in 13 states, including Mississippi. The company applies a client-first approach in it all of its services, aiming to create a perfect balance of quality and efficiency. Ranging from single-family residential, office buildings, and industrial to retail, hospitality, medical, school, and church projects, every undertaking is handled by a dedicated, honest, and hard-working team.
The company uses advanced technology such as BIM and Procore—a software that grants access to key project stakeholders for more efficient collaboration. Over the years, Linkous has also been an advocate of building using sustainable methods with the help of the nine LEED AP on staff. Some of the cinema projects that the company has also completed include the Malco Powerhouse and Malco Paradiso in Memphis featuring Malco’s newest technology MXT Malco Extreme Theatre, Malco Collierville, Malco Bartlett, Malco Winchester and Malco Madison and Malco Mississippi.
WB General Contractors
14229 Proton Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
A premiere general contractor of the Southwest USA, Wilson Barnes (WB) General Contractors offers a spectrum of commercial construction services nationwide. The company has hands-on staff and crew members that supervise the various services the firm offers, whether pre-construction, scheduling, design-build, constructability review, or operation/maintenance. The strength of WB General Contractors is rooted in its ability to orchestrate and direct a wide range of resources into its projects. For this reason, the company is one of the most respected firms in Dallas; the firm has completed over 650 successful projects.
In its portfolio of entertainment infrastructure, WB was the chosen contractor to upgrade three and take down the rest of United Development Co’s silver screens in favor of other retail development. In East Texas, the company built a state-of-the-art theatre complex, considered the leader of in-theater dining exhibition. It is known as Studio Movie Grill (SMG). Today, SMG has swiftly grown to 20 locations in nine states.
Stacey Enterprises, Inc
3768 Pacific Ave., Ogden, UT 84405
Stacey Enterprises is a commercial contractor based in Utah that builds and renovates business complexes, schools, restaurants, banks, theaters, shopping centers, and more. It has built several Cinemark theaters in three different locations within Utah: the 14-Plex Cinemark Theater in Orem, a 10-screen movie theater in Salt Lake City, and a 14-screen movie theater in Farmington. The firm also built a movie house for another movie chain known as Century Theaters, which is a 16-screen movie theater with a total area of 52,745 square-foot.
With more than 50 years of construction experience, Stacey Enterprise is a company dedicated to building projects with lasting value, integrity, quality, and excellent service. It has earned a place in several lists including the Top General Contractors Of Utah And Idaho in 2009 by American Registry, as well as the Mountain States Top Specialty Contractors list in 2015 by ENR. Stacey Enterprise is a respected contractor in Utah, and strives to set new standards with innovative solutions and quality construction.
Virginia and Kentucky
1660 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113
EDC is the only firm on this list that has completed over 50 theater projects and more than 700 screens in 40 different cities. The company is an expert in new theater construction, expansions, luxury seat conversions, food and beverage services, and theater remodels. It has worked on notable theater projects such the construction of Carmike Cinemas in Florida, the Movie Tavern in New York, and a luxury seat upgrade of several Cinemark movie theaters in different states, including a branch in Kentucky. EDC renovated the multi-screen stadium-seated cinemas for AMC Theaters located in seven different states.
Established in 1990, the firm offers its construction services throughout 38 states. With over 1,000 completed projects, it earns a total project revenue of $150 million a year. Focused on providing high-quality and client-focused construction management service, EDC is one of the top-ranked firms nationwide.
6701 NE 42nd St., Vancouver, WA 98661
Based in Vancouver, Washington, Team Construction is a full-service general contractor offering construction services across the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in construction for civic, industrial, multifamily, spiritual, and retail markets, the company has built several notable projects, including the Oregon City Hall, Starbucks Riverstone Marketplace, and Scappoose Cinema.
Team Construction built the 7-screen cinema in Scappoose, Oregon, which features high-back rocking chairs, the latest Digital projection, and sound technology. The 28 year-old firm is managed by David Gunsul, an industry veteran. Over the years, the firm has earned a number of Excellence in Construction awards from the ABC and multiple Excellence in Remodeling awards from the Building Industry Association of Washington.
1325 Bluefield Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701
With expertise focused on commercial and industrial projects, Swope Construction is a general contractor that has been operating for over 30 years. The firm serves Central, Southern, Western West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. Driven by the principles of honesty, trust and integrity, the company has built some of the most significant structures and facilities in the state, such as the Valley Park Community Center, the Boy Scouts of America Sustainability Tree House, and Lewisburg Cinema 8.
Swope Construction employs 50 full-time staff and crew, all dedicated to delivering the best results for their clients. President and CEO Ron Mallory has been instrumental to the company’s growth since joining the company in 1990. Today, the firm is a recipient of 2017 and 2018 Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC.
925 Park Ave., Plain, WI 53577
Kraemer Brothers is a 71-year-old firm that built and renovated Star Cinema movie theaters in Dubuque, Iowa. The project is an 85,300-square-foot theater featuring 14 screens, a second-story projector mezzanine, a three-lane drive-under canopy, a concession area, and seating for 2,842. The firm has also worked on other cinema projects in different areas of Wisconsin, including a 33,000 square-foot IMAX Theater addition in Fitchburg, and a 14,600-square-foot cinema in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The company is one of the few general contractors in the state experienced in building cinema projects. Examples of industries it serves include healthcare, biotechnology, office, food and dairy manufacturing, retail, and gaming. The company is affiliated with organizations such as local chapters of the AGC, ABC, and Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, making it a well-known construction firm in Wisconsin. Kraemer Brothers has received multiple awards for various categories from the AGC since 2004.
Pope Construction, Inc.
3623 Burd Rd., Casper, WY 82601
Pope Construction was hired to build the 28,000 square-foot cinema complex in a growing commercial and retail business park on the east side of Casper City. The building is one of the branches of Studio City Cinemas built in a retro-Art Deco style, and features 10-screens, high-back stadium seating, Dolby Digital Projection, and pure digital sound. The facility was constructed of insulated foam blocks, structural steel, concrete, and included special polished concrete flooring and sound control.
Pope Construction is a full-service construction firm with over 35 years of experience. It has completed projects for several market sectors such as water treatment plants, schools, retail, office, warehouses and high-tech hospitals. The company aims to develop strong client relationships, understand clients’ needs, and earn their trust to successfully build the best structure for their businesses.
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