Construction is set to begin this month on the Compass Entertainment Complex, a multi-screen movie theater and family entertainment center. An official groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, September 12, at Wilson Lane and Irvington Road, Weems.
Area business leaders, legislators and members of the public are encouraged to attend and learn more about the new development.
The new 28,000-square-foot family entertainment venue, which has tentative plans to open its doors in Spring 2020, is the brainchild of local business owners Julien Patterson and Terri Wesselman.
“This entertainment venue will be the first of its kind for this region and we are very excited to enter the construction phase of this project,” said Patterson.
Connemara Corporation of White Stone will oversee general contractor operations in conjunction with JKRP Architects, Amusement Construction Co. Inc., and Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc.
Along with the six-screen movie theater, which will feature the latest first-run movie releases, Compass Entertainment Complex will include a full-service restaurant, arcade, indoor high adventure course, climbing walls, mini golf, batting cages. The venue also will include rooms for birthday parties and meeting space for group and business activities.
Besides giving residents and guests of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula an exciting new assortment of entertainment options, Patterson and Wesselman believe this project has the potential to create a much needed year-round economic boost for Lancaster County.
“This project doesn’t just fill a void for family entertainment and fun in the Northern Neck, this entertainment complex will also bring a lot of jobs and economic opportunities to the area that will help our community for years to come, which has always been a major focus of this project,” said Wesselman.
Since purchasing a home in the Northern Neck in 2005, Patterson and Wesselman have created numerous successful businesses, including Objects, Art and More art gallery; Front Porch Coffeehouse; and Weekends clothing boutique.