Bloomington City Council approves Carmike redesign

By Christopher Morgan

June 23, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Well, it is official -- soon you will be able to wine and dine at an area movie theater; the first of its kind in Illinois.

The Bloomington City Council approved the multi-million dollar redesign of the Carmike Palace Cinemas 10.

The plan includes a restaurant outside the theater with a full service kitchen.

Over half of the seats currently in the theater will be removed for more spacious luxury seating.

The new setup also means that Carmike will soon hire 90 more employees.

"We think its going to be very successful here. The town, I think the professionals in this town, everyone in this town will want to go out there and try that and by that we think we can draw more business," said Vice President of Food and Beverages, Rob Lehman.

The movie theater will be closed for four to six months for renovations.