Madison movie theater construction halted by lawsuits

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - If you've driven down Hughes Road in Madison lately, you may have noticed the loud construction vehicles working on Madison's first movie theater have fallen silent.

In May 2015, the city announced CinePlanet 15 would be coming to the community and would feature more than a dozen movie screens as a part of the project. "If mother nature will cooperate, Christmas, we want it open by Christmas," Madison Mayor Troy Trulock told us at the time.

The holidays have come and gone, and still no theater. While no official comment has been made on the status of construction, we have learned that several lawsuits have been filed against multiple companies involved in the construction process.

Several lawsuits have been filed against Consolidated Construction Company and Rainbow Cinemas involving construction payment disputes (Photo: Chris Davis)
Several lawsuits have been filed against Consolidated Construction Company and Rainbow Cinemas involving construction payment disputes (Photo: Chris Davis)

Since November 2015, McDonald Brothers Construction, INC. and Artisan Masonry Corporation have filed mechanical liens and lawsuits against Consolidated Construction Company of Alabama and Rainbow Cinemas, LLC for not being paid for their work. According to an attorney representing McDonald Brothers, Consolidated Construction says they can't pay his client and Artisan Masonry until Rainbow Cinemas sends them payment.

Rainbow Cinemas has counter-sued saying, "Retainage is due upon substantial completion. Because Consolidated [Construction Company] has not yet achieved substantial completion, the retainage is not yet properly due and payable," according to the lawsuit filed. In short, this means they won't pay Consolidated Construction until more progress on the facility is made.

We have made several attempts to contact Mr. Ambarish Keshani, the owner of Rainbow Cinemas and CinePlanet 15, through his attorney, but we haven't heard back from him.

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