SACRAMENTO -- For the past couple of years, the shopping center at Howe Avenue and Arden Way has been getting a long-awaited face lift.
But before the transformation could begin, the beloved Century Dome Theaters had to go. In January, Sacramento moviegoers said goodbye to the old domes.
"When they took the domes down there was kind of a void," Vince Dutcher said.
After months of waiting, a brand new theater is opening on Dec. 1.
"I'm excited about this, we'll be here a lot," Dutcher said.
It's not the only addition to the Howe Bout Arden shopping center.
"We didn't even know it was here and we come by quite a bit," Luis Queszada said.
There's a brand new Nordstrom Rack, HomeGoods and The Container Store. It's a significant upgrade from what once stood here.
"We definitely needed something new in the area," Quezada said.
Before The Container Store was built, there was a Motel 6 here that was known the draw in crime. It was also the site that a Sacramento County deputy was shot and killed just over two years ago.
Deputy Danny Oliver was killed in October 2014 during a brutal crime spree that also killed Placer County Detective Michael Davis Jr. Months later the Motel 6 was demolished.
It was a relief for Aman Singh, who works at the nearby Chevron. He told FOX40 the redevelopment makes him feel safer.
As the transformation is nearly complete, families are already excited to make new memories at the movies, as they have for generations.
"We're looking forward to the theaters opening up, getting back to our normal routine," Dutcher said.