Construction of a nine-screen movie theatre that will feature 3-D, VIP seating and a cocktail lounge, will begin this fall in Playa Vista.
Cinemark Holdings, owners of Century Theaters, expects an opening date of May 2014 for the cinema that will include a 72-foot, wall-to-wall and celling-to-floor screen. The theatre will be similar to The Landmark in West Los Angeles and ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood.
The company, which owns 459 theaters around the world, felt the westside was lacking a high-end cineplex.
"The Cinemark Playa Vista will provide a convenient opportunity for movie screenings and premiers as we combine the best technical theatrical experience with dining and cocktails," said Steve Bunnell, senior vice president of global content programming, in a statement. "We will feature ample parking with valet service and a secure environment for red carpet press events. All of this will be conveniently located in an area that is near the studios, the 405 Freeway and LAX."
The cinema is part of a $270 million project called the Runway that will include 420 apartments, retailers and restaurants on 14 acres near Jefferson Boulevard.
“The open public spaces, landscaped walkways, and outdoor fire places will make Runway a natural community gathering place,” said David Binswanger, executive vice president of the developer, Lincoln Property Company, in a statement.
Moviegoers will be able to buy and print tickets at home and on their phones.