Town of Brookfield approves new movie theater despite legal threats from Marcus Corp.

Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 14:54:12-04

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The Town of Brookfield approved plans for a new movie theater Tuesday night -- and not everyone is happy about it.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reports plans for a new Silverspot Cinema at the Corners of Brookfield were approved by the Brookfield Town Board in a 4-1 vote. The approval comes despite the objections of the Marcus Corporation which owns a minority stake in the corners. 

The Marcus Corporation has even threatened legal action if the new cinemawas approved saying it violates the terms of the original development agreement.

“The Marcus Corporation is disappointed in this decision, as the language in our development agreement is clear and deliberate," the firm said in a statement to the Business Journal. "It does not allow an amendment to the final agreed to plan without Marcus’s consent."

The Milwaukee Business Journals reports in a letter to the town, Marcus Corp. CEO Greg Marcus said the plan to construct the new theater was "ill advised," "contractually-impermissible" and "deeply flawed.”

"Simply put, had we thought a theater at The Corners was a good idea, we would have either included it in the original, agreed-to design or built one ourselves," Marcus said in the letter.