|Cascade plans don't
Plans are in the works to
replace the Cascade Village Theatre with shops and office
space. Theater owner Steve Lindstrom said the space was never
intended to be a movie theater.
Preston Utley/Vail Daily
Scott N. Miller
November 21, 2005
VAIL - The rebuilding boom in Vail may hit Cascade
Village in the next couple of years. That may take a couple of movie
screens from town.
The latest in the very long line of development proposals in Vail
would transform the old Colorado Mountain College Center and the
Cascade Village Theatre into a combination of shop space, offices and
The college space has been for sale for a few years, and it is now
under contract to part-time Vail resident Michael Hecht.
Local theater owner Steve Lindstrom has been talking to Hecht about
putting the former college space and the theater space together as
part of a larger project for that part of the village.
A thorough redo may be what that part of Vail has
needed since it was built, Lindstrom said.
"There's been a functional question with that space since day one,"
Lindstrom said. "The theater wasn't originally designed as a theater."
But nothing's going to happen with the theater space in the near
future, Lindstrom said.
"There's a lengthy redevelopment process," he said. "These things
typically take a few years."
The timing just might work out that a new theater would open in Vail
before that part of Cascade Village is ready for the wreckers.
Developer Peter Knobel is ready to resubmit plans for a new Crossroads
center. The most recent version of that proposal includes a
three-screen movie theater. Lindstrom's company runs the two-screen
theater in Crossroads now.
But, Lindstrom said, the Crossroads and Cascade
Village plans aren't really related.
"This was an independent decision," Lindstrom said. And, he added, the
decision to do something else with the Cascade Village property was
made some time ago.
Cascade Village was first intended to be sort of like Lionshead -
another busy portal to the ski mountain. But those plans never jelled,
leaving that part of Vail somewhat isolated.
Now, with a hotel and athletic club the main things that bring people
to Cascade, it's not really the best place for a theater, Lindstrom
said. Once college administrators decided to move the operations in
Vail to Edwards, it became obvious that even less local traffic would
be coming to the Cascade Village area, he added.
Crossroads is different.
"That's an appropriate place for a movie theater,"
Lindstrom said. "You want a draw, a destination that has retail and
dining. It makes sense to have entertainment there."
But, Lindstrom said, he was thinking about what to do with the Cascade
Village property not long after he set up shop there.
"That building's 23 years old now," he said. "For about the last 22
years, we've been trying to figure out how to make it work."
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624,