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New Movie Theater Coming to Sherman

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SHERMAN, TX -- There are new plans to open a new movie theater just a few miles from a popular nine-screen theater, but this one is expanding their menu.

An"eat-in" theater at Midway Mall will allow patrons to eat more than just popcorn while watching their favorite films. The menu is still being worked on, but it may include hamburgers, chicken fingers, and nachos.

It's a new gamble to increase business, and avoid the fate of Sherman's first mall, which was demolished.

Mall officials hope the theater will "bring back some memories for those people who attended the theater when they were younger, generate some more interest and possibly get some more space filled up, and make this a happy place again," manager Tabetha Snow said.

In 2003, the Cinemark theater moved to nearby Sherman Town Center, then in 2007, so did JC Penney. Midway Mall opened in 1986 and includes Dillards, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, and several smaller stores, but many stores remain vacant.

Tenants hope the new theater will be the spark that the mall needs.

"I think that the traffic will help more people come in more business for the mall so I hope that happens it's a great mall," said Ray Masood of the Metro PCS phone store.

Hair salon owner Marcie McKenzie encourages others to take advantage of the available space in the mall.

"Be creative. We need an arcade back in here, we need food, restaurants, people that are talented. Come and be your own boss," McKenzie said.

The mall is still working to finalize the details of the theater, but the plan is to have it open by August.

"I have several kids so to do everything at once, take them to see a movie and eat all at the same time would be something I'm interested in," shopper Walt Sampson said.

New Jersey-based mall manager Charles Pinter says they are also working on hosting a garden show and "trade days" where people could bring in things to sell.  Other ideas include having a bowling alley or call center.