The new marquee at the Malco brand theatre at Renaissance will be designed similar to the one at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas.
The new marquee at the Malco brand theatre at Renaissance will be designed similar to the one at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas.
RIDGELAND — The proposed high-end Malco brand boutique theater in the Renaissance at Colony Park will boast a truly unique marquee sign after the city board approved its design Tuesday.

Community Development Director Alan Hart told the board that the intricate marquee did not fit into any “avenues” spelled out in the city’s current sign ordinance and that it would require a special variance.

“This is an extremely unique design, probably one of the most unique to come to my office in a while. This will be on the inside of a horseshoe of buildings and will not have any flashing lights or anything that might visible from the highway,” Hart said. “It is a really cool sign and I highly recommend the board approve.”

Mayor Gene McGee echoed Hart.

“I think it looks great and we will be excited to have it if the board decides to approve it,” McGee said.

The boutique theatre was approved in March with a bundle of other buildings in the second phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park development that includes the addition of six buildings encompassing over 115,000 square feet of commercial space with room for retail businesses and restaurants.  

The Malco brand theatre was described at the time as a boutique movie theatre with reclining leather chairs where dinner and alcohol can be served.

The expansion of Renaissance is located north of the existing shopping center toward the Butler-Snow and C Spire buildings.

The third phase of Renaissance will be built south of the Natchez Trace Parkway on Highland Colony Parkway, with Costco as the anchor retailer.

Construction was set to start as early as May with tenants coming as early as Fall 2019.

In early February, parts of Renaissance at Colony Park were designated a “leisure and entertainment district”, allowing individuals to walk around with open containers of alcohol in opaque containers no larger than 16 fluid ounces. The resolution went into effect in May.