Developer meets with city council; hopes to bring entertainment venue to Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- City Councilors met with an entertainment group this afternoon that wants to add some spark to the 68th and Memorial area.
Cinergy Entertainment Group wants to take 30,000 square-feet of retail space and 30,000 square-feet of theater space and put them together.
"You won't recognize it when we are done," Cinergy Owner Jeffrey Benson said.
Benson is hoping to open his fifth Cinergy theater right here in Tulsa.
"We've got bowling, a full bar, giant game room with a redemption space, an escape room, so there is a lot to do under one roof," Benson said.
The shopping center at 68th and Memorial isn't hitting sales like it used to.
Benson is hoping to bring a unique change to the area.
"Because of the change in liquor laws, you (Oklahoma) doesn't have any true dine-in theaters where every theater is a restaurant inside with wait staff, full menu, alcoholic beverages," Benson said.
City councilors are still working out the details and will vote on the project next week, but Councilor Anna America says this is exactly what they are looking for.
"We don't want to continue to prop up retail that may not be any more successful long-term in certain strip malls," America said.
The city will help the project with sales tax rebates over the next ten years as long as the company meets certain requirements.
Councilors will vote next week.
If approved, Benson hopes to open the entertainment center by September 2018.