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Dipson asking IDA for tax breaks on retrofitting of Flix in Lancaster

Dipson Theatres is asking for sales tax breaks from the Town of Lancaster Industrial Development Agency as it spends $1.35 million to retrofit the old Flix Superplex Movie Theatre.

The Amherst-based Dipson chain, which is buying the theater at 4901 Transit Road near William Street, is planning to purchase and install new machinery, seats and equipment in the upgrade. Those plans had been unveiled nearly a year ago.

The enhancements include digital projection and sound equipment that will allow the 10-screen theater to show 3-D films and "other content such as sporting events, concerts, opera and other special events," according to a notice for a public hearing. The company is seeking a sales tax exemption on any materials or equipment that it buys specifically for this project.

Dipson has been operating the 12-year-old Flix under the Dipson name since January, after the death of former owner Patrick J. Corey in November 2009. It currently employs two full-time and 17 part-time workers.

Now, however, Dipson President Michael Clement, through M&B Flix LLC, is buying the theater from Lancaster Theater Development LP, paying a total of $3.4 million, including $1.35 million for the equipment, according to Paul R. Leone, consultant to the Lancaster IDA.

According to the public hearing notice, Dipson expects to increase its staff to three full-time and 25 part-time workers within two years after it finishes the project.

The public hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

e-mail: jepstein@buffnews.com

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