After years of waiting, 10 months from now, Hesperia will have a movie theater of its very own.


And not just any theater: The Hesperia Cinema 12, which officially broke ground Thursday, will be the Victor Valley's first IMAX movie theater, will sell alcohol and will even have meals brought to patrons in two of the theaters.


"It'll be a great addition to downtown Hesperia," Steve Lantsberger, the city's deputy director of development, told a crowd of dignitaries gathered at the construction site Thursday morning.


The 37,000-square-foot, 12-screen, stadium seating theater will create roughly 40 permanent jobs, according to Mayor Russ Blewett.


Lantsberger acknowledged the quest to bring a movie theater to the city had been one with lots of false starts. Previous deals have been undone by the difficulty of lining up financing during an economic downturn.


"This is another cog in our downtown wheels — and we're not done yet," Lantsberger said. The theater has led to inquiries from restaurants looking to locate in the area, he said.


"It was unbelievable the amount of support a movie theater had," said Dave Corkill, President of Cinema West. "I'd really like to commend the city for its welcome to us."


"This is a great day for this community," Blewett said.


The Hesperia Cinema 12 is expected to hold a grand opening in December 2012.