Cinemark to open 12-screen theater at Christiana Mall this month


Cinemark Holdings, Inc.  plans to open a 2 screen complex near Christiana Mall  The theater complex in the Christiana Mall development southeast of Newark is slated to open in the spring of 2014. The theater  will be located adjacent to the mall on  Stanton Christiana Road, off of Interstate 95.

Christiana Mall, the largest mall in Delaware, is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc.

Amenities will include:State-of-the-art viewing environment with wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screens available in all auditoriums, 3D capabiliy and the latest , sound systems. The original proposal called for 17 accreens

“We are thrilled to introduce our new Cinemark NextGen movie theatre experience to guests who live in Newark, Wilmington and all communities around the Christiana Mall,”  said  Tim Warner, Cinemark’s CEO. “This theater  promises to be one of the premier developments in Delaware and will quickly become recognized as the preferred place in the market to enjoy a great movie-going experience. We plan to move very quickly to open the theatre in the spring of 2014.

“”Cinemark is the perfect complement to our center,” says Christiana Mall Senior General Manager Steve Chambliss. “When it opens, Cinemark will be the highest quality, most state-of-the-art movie theatre in the area. Not only will our visitors be treated to the best shopping and dining options, they will also be able to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters.”

Not known was how the new complex would affect Cinemark’s existing theater complex in Stanton. That theater faces stiff competition from a cinema complex now under construction in Wilmington’s Riverfront area. Christiana Mall’s cinema complex closed several years ago.

The new complex is expected to be in the area of the Cabela’s sporting goods store on the northern end of the mall area. The two projects are also good news for construction workers in Delaware, who have seen a drought in private projects.

Theaters are a key element of regional malls that are working to become entertainment destinations offering dining and other options. Retailers also like amenities, such as  theaters because they draw customers who might otherwise use the Internet or free-standing stores like Walmart or Kohl’s.

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