A bold plan to convert a shuttered downstate movie house into a den of all things dank is beginning to take shape — and the businessman behind the idea believes it can be replicated nationwide.
If everything falls into place, an old AMC theater at 3025 Lindbergh Blvd. in Springfield will be transformed into a cannabis co-op housing a dispensary, a greenhouse and a lounge to get high.
The first piece of the puzzle is a pot shop operated by Maribis, which is expected to open Saturday. The dispensary — Maribis’ fourth in the state — will occupy the former concession stand and two of the cineplex’s eight theaters.
Dan Linn, general manager of the Summit-based firm, said the idea is ultimately to create a kind of “craft brewery but with cannabis.” Linn said those involved are “leaning on the idea that down the road the regulations will be a little bit relaxed so you can actually have tours of the craft grow.”
Maribis’ will begin selling cannabis this weekend at an old movie theater in Springfield. Provided/Dan Linn
Springfield lobbyist Chris Stone said he started developing