BoDo Cinemas planned for downtown Boise, ID

A theater will return to the 8th Street neighborhood of Boise – dubbed BoDo Cinemas.

Edwards Cinemas’ existing location on Broad St. closed at the start of the pandemic, and last summer the building’s owner confirmed to BoiseDev that the theater would not reopen.

Cinema West, which operates Village Cinema at Village at Merdian, says it will take over the empty space – with expansion and refurbishment planned.

Last year, Rob Gerbitz, CEO of Hendricks Commercial Properties, which owns the building, told BoiseDev he hoped to replace Edwards with a boutique-style theater.

“We want to work with some of the more boutique theater owners…and reconnect with what is more boutique theater today,” he said.

Updates, new screens, more

Cinema West announces that it will revamp the current nine auditoriums with reclining seats as well as “lounge chairs for two” in the front rows. New screens will come in and the audio system will see an upgrade to Dolby Atmos spatial audio.

Additionally, two new “VIP Screening Rooms” will be added for private events and small groups.

Each of the 11 theaters will also benefit from improved projection technology.

The lobby, concessions, and common areas will also see changes, from what Cinema West called Edwards’ “neon-clad shell.”

“The recent revitalization of downtown Boise has been outstanding, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it by adding an equally cool and hip movie theater to the mix,” said Cinema West Executive Director James Howard. “We have a reputation for providing a premium cinematic experience for our customers and we look forward to giving residents and visitors to downtown Boise the same opportunity.”

The new BoDo Cinema will open later this year or early 2023 depending on the company. Building permits have not yet been applied for, according to City of Boise records.

The cinema will join a number of other new projects at BoDo, including a new Treefort Music Hall and dining concept known as The Warehouse.

David H. Henry