2012-08-16 / Community

Luxury movie theater to lift curtain next month

By Stephanie Sumell


UNDER CONSTRUCTION—Gabriel Villareal and Juan Ramirez, steel workers from Local 433, install handrails Tuesday at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, which is under construction at The Promenade at Westlake. The upscale theater is scheduled to open in late September. 
RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers UNDER CONSTRUCTION—Gabriel Villareal and Juan Ramirez, steel workers from Local 433, install handrails Tuesday at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, which is under construction at The Promenade at Westlake. The upscale theater is scheduled to open in late September. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers When the Mann Theatre closed at The Promenade at Westlake last December, it left a void in the hearts of local moviegoers.

“I was devastated,” said Westlake Village resident Jody Recor. “When I saw the yellow caution tape, I took a picture of the ‘closed’ sign and sent it to a friend.

“My kids and I had spent so much time there over the years. . . . It was kind of heartbreaking to see it change.”

Next month, Recor and other Conejo Valley film fans will decide if the change was for the better.

In late September, Mexicobased cinema chain Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will open its newest location at the Westlake shopping center.

Still under construction, the eight-screen, 600-seat cinema will feature leather reclining chairs, swivel tables and call service buttons that summon waiters and waitresses for food and beverage requests during the movie.

Before and after the show, guests are encouraged to socialize in the theater’s patio, restaurant and bar.

Alejandro Saenz, Cinépolis’ director of marketing and business development, predicts the 32,000-square-foot film house will be a “hotspot.”

“This will be a great amenity to the retail and shopping offerings of the area, creating an entertainment escape to sit down, wind down and watch a movie in comfort,” he said.

The cinema, which he said will generate more than 100 new jobs, will have a contemporary ambiance with hotel-like amenities, including a concierge desk, lounge, bar and sitting areas, Saenz said.

Guests can buy traditional movie snacks or partake of a complete meal.

The food and beverage menu will include a variety of items such as a chopped short rib burger, Cobb salad and sushi.

And like Muvico, the upscale theater which opened at The Oaks mall three years ago, specific seats at the theater can be reserved online or at the ticket counter.

As some might expect, the theater’s rise in atmosphere comes with a rise in prices.

Tickets range from $13.50 to $19.50, with a surcharge for 3-D films.

“Personally, I’m not sure I need all of the bells and whistles,” Recor said. “The higher pricing may make it more of a date night place and less of a family outing place.”

Still, the movie buff said she looks forward to seeing the theater completed.

“It can only enhance an already beautiful place to live,” she said. “I look forward to trying it out.”

To learn more about Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, visit www.cinepolisusa.com

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