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Short Pump movie theater seeks extended hours

Request would allow limited number of midnight shows annually
The Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 movie theater in Short Pump is seeking county approval to extend its hours of operation to allow for midnight showing of first-run movies. The Henrico Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear the theater's request for a provisional use permit at its April 12 meeting.

The theater, located in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center at the intersection of West Broad Street and Pouncey Tract Road, sits primarily in a B-2 (business) district zone, which allows operation only until midnight. Approval of the request would allow it to show a limited number of movies that begin before 12:45 a.m. Currently, no movies at the theater begin later than 10:30 p.m.

County planners and the Planning Commission have recommended approval of the request, though the Planning Commission did so with the requirement that post-midnight movies be held no more than 18 times during a calendar year.

Planners also recommended a number of conditions that would be tied to the permit. Among them:

• no movie would be permitted to begin after 12:45 a.m.;

• a maximum of four theaters at one time would be permitted to show movies that last until 3 a.m.;

• theater patrons would have to be cleared from the premises no later than 30 minutes after the last movie ends;

• no one other than midnight movie customers and theater staff would be allowed in the theater's lobby after midnight;

• no tickets would be sold to minors 16 or younger after 11 p.m., unless they were accompanied by an adult;

• a video security system would be required to monitor the premises and parking lots, as well as any other areas deemed necessary by police;

• at least one uniformed security officer would be required on duty during the extended hours.

If approved, the extended hours would be subject to possible review or revocation by the Board of Supervisors at a later date if excessive calls to police or complaints from nearby businesses ensued, planners wrote.

The board's April 12 meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Room in the western government center. The case is scheduled during the 7 p.m. potion of the meeting.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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