Beaucatcher Cinemas site on Tunnel Road in East Asheville up for redevelopment


There’s a plan in the works to redevelop the current site of the old Beaucatcher Cinemas on Tunnel Road in East Asheville, according to a flyer distributed by Atlantic Retail Properties.

The flyer lists the site as a “high profile location” located at the corner of Tunnel Road and South Tunnel Road and right of Interstate 240. The description goes on to say the property is “Directly across from the Asheville Mall with proximity to Whole Foods, DSW, Ulta, Belk, Old Navy, TJ Maxx and Rooms To Go.”

There’s a population of more than 84,000 people within a 5-mile radius of the property, the description adds, noting that the average household income of residents is more than $40,000.

East Asheville has seen significant growth in recent years, though not the boom other areas have seen. For example, downtown is seeing a wave of new hotel construction, while south Asheville is seeing a wave of new apartment complex construction. West Asheville is seeing Haywood Road properties transition right and left into new retail, restaurant and bar uses. And the River Arts District is on the cusp of a road construction project that will transform the area, which has already seen significant change and the opening of New Belgium’s new East Coast brewery on Craven Street (right across from the RAD, but technically in West Asheville.)

Back in East Asheville, an old Kmart plaza was recently remade into a new shopping center anchored by Whole Foods. The shopping center is adjacent to the Beaucatcher Cinemas property.

For more information about the Beaucatcher Cinemas site, the flyer lists the contact as Roy Crain at 704.697.1903 or, or Robey Spratt at 704.697.1901 or


Barry Summers October 13, 2016 - 6:46 pm

Let me get this straight – so far, there isn’t a plan to put a hotel there? Have you people lost your minds?

Tiger October 13, 2016 - 11:14 pm

The site plan for The Peaks has not included a hotel. Is there a need for another hotel in the trade area?

Tim Peck October 14, 2016 - 8:03 am

I’d like to apologize to everyone for Barry’s ignorant remark. This kind of baseless provocation has no place on a progressive website.

weavervilleman October 12, 2016 - 3:57 pm

If costco opened there, then Tunnel Road would become like Woodruff Road in Greenville… ALWAYS SUPER CONGESTED! Plus, that space is a little too small for a Costco unless they build a 2 floor location to make up for the square feet and add a 4 story parking garage.

Tiger October 12, 2016 - 11:54 pm

There is no space remaining along Tunnel Road and South Tunnel Road for new development unless existing properties are redeveloped.

Weavervilleman April 30, 2017 - 6:00 pm

there is land available for sale right below Target on Tunnel road. Its right behind Jersey Mikes and Pier One Imports

Tiger May 17, 2016 - 1:19 am

I am concerned about the future of Beaucatcher Cinemas. If it has not undergone updates and has an expiring lease, I do not see it remaining open much longer. I rather have more screens to show more films at lower prices.

weavervilleman May 17, 2016 - 12:34 am

Beaucatcher Cinemas is not closed.

SF May 16, 2016 - 12:56 pm


Murphy May 16, 2016 - 12:22 pm

“Old” Beaucatcher Cinemas… has it closed

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