FORT WALTON — The long awaited Suds N Cinema movie theater is less than two weeks from its new target opening.

The interior of the theater — with terra cotta bricked walls and red and white 1950s style furniture — is nearly unrecognizable from its former state as Cinema Plus just last year. Jayme Nabors, who owns the building, said although the theater renovation was more extensive than anticipated, the final product has surpassed all expectations.

"We thought we were going to be able to utilize a lot of the existing electrical and structural pieces," Nabors said. "As we got into the demo stage we felt it was in the best interest of the property to go ahead and start over. We ripped out all of the electrical and had to do a significant amount of structural repairs from termite and water damage.

"In the end, the project turned out incredible. We're really happy with the way everything came together."

The Tringas Theatre, as it was originally named, opened in 1940. Although business owners have come and gone, the theater has primarily been used to screen movies. For a time in the ’70s it was a teen disco club called Apple’s.

It was last operated by James Coleman, who had leased it from the Tringas family since 2014. Under Nabors’ ownership, three local businessmen and Choctawhatchee High School buddies — Steve Caldarelli, Rodney Walker Jr. and Tony Giordano — have taken over the lease.

Caldarelli said the men have frequented the theater since high school and always dreamed of one day restoring it to Suds N Cinema, which was the name of the business when they were school boys.

Under the new ownership, the theater will serve pizza, hot subs, quesadillas, hot dogs, queso, popcorn, boiled peanuts, craft beer, wine and more. The ticket prices will remain set at $5 and a meal will range from $10 to $15 per person.

The retro dine-in theater will offer group tables, booths and bar top seating spread throughout its lower levels. The balcony, which was not being used when the theater was Cinema Plus, has been converted into a bar.

In addition to showing movies, the building will also be rented out for comedy shows, wedding receptions, birthday parties, business meetings and more. Caldarelli said the price of renting the space will be $100 per hour for a minimum of two hours.

"The renovations are done," Caldarelli said. "Now it is just getting inspections done and getting organized. We need to order the food and stuff. We're hoping to be done by the end of this month. We're just ready to open the doors."