Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Transformation of Harrisburg's Theater Nearing Completion
HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg's old movie theater is becoming an indoor shooting range.
The building has four cinemas, the shooting range will go in one, an archery range will go in another, the other two will have commercial office space.
Roman Kuppart and his team are turning cinema #3 into an eight lane, 25-yard state of the art shooting range.
"Our range is a rifle rated range. You can shoot pistols, rifles, and shotguns," said Kuppart.
AMC closed the theater back in November of 2010. It sat empty until Kuppart and his partner bought it in May.
"To see it boarded up was just an eyesore and not good for the city to lose such a great business," Kuppart said.
Commissioner Dale Fowler says it's the council's goal to beautify the city and to fill any empty buildings. The shooting range replacing the vacant theater is just what they had in mind.
"We really want to focus on the businesses in Harrisburg, the downtown area," said Fowler.
The buidling's four theaters are separated by a wall, with two on each side, and each have separate entrances. The gun range and archery range will be on one side and the office space will be on the other. Each cinema will be soundproof. Because of the unique setup, Kuppart expects the range to be busy all year long.
"We think it should be a pretty good draw for downtown Harrisburg," said Kuppart.
The Point Blank Range will open Dec. 15. Once that happens the owners will start converting the rest of the building to the archery range and offices.
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