WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) – The new Westbrook Cinemas is set to open next Friday! Many from the area know this theater at the Marquee Cinema 12 at the Westbrook Outlets.

The theater closed in the fall along with several others around the state, but Bill Dougherty and his business partner decided to reopen the theater.

“We’re are not going to let Westbrook be a COVID casualty. We’re gonna bring this theater back,” Dougherty said.

They’ve already reopened the Madison Cinemas and transformed theaters in Mystic and Narragansett, Rhode Island into luxury cinemas. When Doughtery was asked why they chose to reopen the theatre, he said it is part of a master plan he hopes to reveal in the near future.

“What is the difference between streaming and watching TV? You are still in your house watching your television. That’s not what we well. We sell a great experience,” Dougherty said.  

The theater is cleaned up a bit but will be opening as it is, so it will be similar to what it was before.

Beer and wine are offered at both Madison and Mystic where movies are viewed from some premium seating.

The upgrades may come later but the first run of movies will include James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water and A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks.