The movie theater that's been coming to Marina for the past four years is about to jump off the storyboard into 3D.
Construction of the Cinemark Century Theatres 10-screen theater is expected to start by the end of the year, said Debby Platt, city project manager for The Dunes on Monterey Bay project.
Plans for the theater, which was announced in 2008 but stymied by the economic crash, were submitted to the city for review by building officials this summer.
A key preliminary step — recordation of the final parcel map for the second phase of the Dunes project — was completed recently, Platt said. That allows for the sale of the theater site to Cinemark by Marina Community Partners, the developers of the Fort Ord project.
"We are still really close," Platt said this week.
The movie theater, which will enable Marina residents and CSU Monterey students a closer option than Monterey or Salinas for film-going, is a key part of the Dunes project.
The site is just south of the regional shopping center that was the first phase of the big residential-commercial project. The theater likely would bring restaurants and other food outlets to the center.
A call to Cinemark's headquarters in Plano, Texas, wasn't returned. The theater chain has 461 theaters in the United States and Latin America, including two in Monterey and one in Salinas.
A Marina theater is listed on the "grand openings" page on Cinemark's website, but no date is given.
A couple other big projects bound for the Dunes development are going through the approval process — a 100,000 square-foot medical clinic for veterans and active-duty military personnel, and 108 apartments for low-income tenants.