Macon getting new theater in Mercer Village

Black Bear Theater got approved to be Macon-Bibb's first small scale, experimental theater.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Grab your popcorn and get ready to head to Mercer Village next year.

Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning approved a new movie theater.

The Indigo Hair Salon on the corner of Linden and Coleman Avenues has been vacant for more than a year, but with the help of a Mercer University professor, a restaurant owner, and a tech wizard, the space is being transformed.

The new space will be called “Black Bear Theater” and will showcase local, foreign and big-box films once they’ve spent a week in the normal theater setting.

“We want to give people a good experience, not just a picture,” co-owner William Ackerman said. “We want the good sound too, so when you come in there you think, ‘I really enjoyed myself.’

The trio plans to have a concession stand and a beer garden in addition to a 100-person theater.

Shekita Maxwell lives in Unionville and showed up at the P&Z hearing to support the theater. She says there’s not a lot to do for the neighborhoods surrounding Mercer Village and hopes this will give families a safe and fun entertainment option.

“Besides going to the club or to the liquor store or something like that, they’re making an alternative to let them see the culture,” Maxwell explained. “They don’t have to go to Atlanta. We got it right here in Macon.”

Dr. James Black, another co-owner of the theater, hopes the space will serve as a cultural art hub for the entire community.

“I’m just hoping Macon embraces us, because we want to have a business that is important to not just Mercer but the Macon community as a whole,” Black said.

With the theater approved, the group will now need to get a business license and signage approved through the county.

Black Bear Theater hopes to be up and running by next year.
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