Occidental Management has begun work at the former Dickinson Northrock 14 where AMC Theatres plans to open.
“We began in earnest on Monday,” Occidental president Chad Stafford says of the work begun last week.
As Have You Heard? reported in April, the Leawood-based chain is going to open in the first quarter of next year.
AMC, which is the largest theater chain in the world, plans 14 screens where Northrock used to be at 3151 N. Penstemon just north of 29th and North Rock Road.
Occidental is preparing the space for AMC to later install its furniture, fixtures and equipment.
“Right now we’re working on all of what we call the shell improvements,” Stafford says.
That includes a new roof, removing old HVAC systems and cleaning the exterior to get it ready for AMC to do its paint scheme.
“We’ll start to scrape down the areas of the parking lot that need to be replaced,” Stafford says.
He says those repairs won’t happen until later, though, when more construction is done and fewer heavy trucks will be riding on it.
Most of the interior demolition, such as removal of the former theater chairs and screens, was already done because Occidental had previously been preparing the space for potential redevelopment.
Stafford says other interior renovations will start quickly. He says good weather could speed things up, though AMC still will need time to hire and train employees.
Work will begin this week on building a structure to support new seating that will hold large leather reclining seats.
“Obviously we’re excited about getting work going,” Stafford says. “We’ll go as fast as we can so we can get them open.”