Madison movie theater project not caught in red tape, but stalled by lawsuits

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -- The movie theater project, Cineplanet 15 Cinemas, slated for Hughes Road in Madison was announced with much fanfare at the end of April 2015.

Almost a year later, work has stopped on the project and it’s not clear if, or when, it will resume.

There have been a number of lawsuits filed in the case, including between the developer Rainbow Cinemas and Huntsville-based Consolidated Construction Co. of Alabama, the contractor.

Subcontractors in the project have also filed lawsuits.

The building permits on the project expired a few weeks ago, according to James Morgan, building director for Madison’s building department.

There was some concern that expiring permits could further delay construction but Morgan said that isn’t the case. The permits can be renewed with a simple letter explaining the delay.

Rainbow and Consolidated entered an agreement last April for Consolidated to provide site and building construction services, according to Consolidated’s lawsuit.

But the last work was performed in September, because Rainbow halted the project and barred Consolidated from the site.

Consolidated claims it is owed more than $835,000 for labor and materials stemming from the project.

But Rainbow’s counter-lawsuit alleges faulty workmanship by Consolidated in constructing masonry for the movie theater. Rainbow says it’s had to spend money to investigate the workmanship.

The cases are pending in Madison County Circuit Court.

Madison’s Morgan said he was contacted by the contractor a few weeks ago and they discussed a possible renewal of the permit, but nothing has been finalized.