Courtney Kerrigan
Ohio.com correspondent


BARBERTON: Lake Cinemas Theater is slated to open April 19 pending confirmation from Sony and AT&T, said Dave Vaughan, executive director of Neighborhood Development Services.



The downtown staple was anticipated to open as early as Monday, but has been delayed about three weeks because of technical problems.



“The Sony equipment came in late and there have been technical issues between AT&T and the Sony equipment,” Vaughan said.



Each projector has to have Internet access in order to work and there have been problems with the connectivity of projector lines.



NDS spent about $250,000 to install the digital equipment from Sony, two 3-D screens and to renovate the entryway.



City Council recently also set aside $48,000 for external maintenance on the building during its budget approval process.



NDS officially purchased the theater in February with a $545,000 loan from the Barberton Community Development Corporation after negotiations between the city and the previous tenant, Phil Canfora, fell apart late last year. The theater temporarily closed Jan. 15 as a result.



The group also finalized an agreement with Great Oak Cinemas of Wadsworth to operate the theater once it opens.



Vaughan said he hopes to confirm the April 19 open date this afternoon after he speaks with Sony and AT&T.