CJ Cinema Property Update – Wednesday 26 July 2017

By Patrick von Sychowski | July 26, 2017 2:18 am PDT
Cinepolis luxury recliners coming to Maryland. (photo: Cinepolis)

USA: Cinepolis in Maryland, SF Macy’s becomes cinema, Stone Theatres in Indian Land ESTONIA: Cinamon in Tallin UK: Cineworld Plymouth one-floor, Lewisham goes boutique, The Light Blackpool, The Light Aberdeen, Vue Bromley SRI LANKA: Softlogic Odel Mega Mall CLOSING: CineStar Dortmiund 10-year extension, Gyeongsangnam’s only arthouse closing.

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USA (MD) – Cinepolis is opening a luxury multiplex as part of the redevelopment of Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The cinema will open in 2019 and is Cinepolis first development in Maryland. WTOP – 20 July 2017

Goodbye Macy's, Hello cinema. (photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle)
Goodbye Macy’s, Hello cinema. (photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle)

USA (CA) – An application has been filed to convert a former Macy’s store in Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco with a mix of retail, restaurants and a 12-screen cinema. Macy’s shut down 40 stores in 2016 and has plans to close a further 100, so this probably won’t be the last such store to be turned into a cinema.  SF Chronicle – 24 July 2017

Redstone development. (photo: MPV Properties)
Redstone development. (photo: MPV Properties)

USA (SC) – MPV Properties has topped off a 14-screen multiplex development for exhibitor Stone Theatres in RedStone, Indian Land. There are also a number of restaurants planned. Bisnow – 24 July 2017

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Estonia – The Cinnamon chain will open a multiplex in Tallinn’s T1 Mall, due to open October 2018. The number of screens or seats has not been announced, though the mall’s total entertainment space is 12,000 sqm. Cinnamon operates five multiplexes with 23 screens. The Baltic Course – 20 July 2017

Cineworld Plymouth plans. (image: artist's impression)
Cineworld Plymouth plans. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – The Plymouth Cineworld looks set to be reduced to just one level but more seats for its Imax screen. Revised plans for GBP £40 million complex also has fewer restaurants, but more space for those remaining. The cinema would still have 12 screen but seating capacity would be increased from 2,088 seats to 2,143 seats. Devon Live – 18 July 2017

Ladywell Playtower in Lewisham. (image: Google Earth)
Ladywell Playtower in Lewisham. (image: Google Earth)

UK – London’s suburb Lewisham looks set to get a boutique cinema on the site of the derelict Ladywell Playtower on Ladywell Road. “Picturehouse Cinemas, RJK and Hillman, Goldsmiths, University of London and Guildmore in partnership with Curzon Cinemas have all put in bids to develop the grade II listed building.” Only one of the four proposals does NOT involve building a cinema. News Shopper – 21 July 2017

Blackpool cinema plans. (image: artist's impression)
Blackpool cinema plans. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – Blackpool is set to get a nine-screen multiplex with an Imax. The Light will be the operator of the city-centre cinema part of the second phase of Houndshill Centre. Previously the plan had been to build a hotel, but the revised plan envisions a cinema on the first and second floor. The city already has an Odeon, Vue and Island cinema. The Gazette – 21 July 2017

UK (Scotland) – Slow progress for The Light cinema planned for the Bon Accord centre in Aberdeen. The seven-screen 800-seat cinema was supposed to have been finished by 2016 but various permit issues have slowed down the start of work. Evening Express – 22 July 2017

Vue coming to Bromley's St Mark square. (image: artist's impression)
Vue coming to Bromley’s St Mark square. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – London suburb of Bromley is getting a nine-screen Vue multiplex. The new St Mark’s square is a former car park turned into a retail and residential area. Evening Standard – 24 July 2017

Odel Mega Mall in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (image: artist's impression)
Odel Mega Mall in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (image: artist’s impression)

Sri Lanka – Softlogic is opening a mall in capital Colombo that will feature a seven-screen multiplex cinema, one of the largest in Sri Lanka. Completion date for the Odel Mega Mall is set for 2020. Lanka Business Online – 25 July 2017


Cinestar is staying in Dortmund. (photo: Florian Forth / Dortmund24)
Cinestar is staying in Dortmund. (photo: Florian Forth / Dortmund24)

Germany – The CineStar at Dortmund Central Station is staying, at least for another ten years. The CineStar has been operational for 20 years, but the lease was up for renewal and the cinema’s stay was not assured. No word on when the 14-screen multiplex will have an over-due renovation. Dortmund24 (DE) – 21 July 2017

Gyeongnam's only arthouse cinema is closing. (photo: Yonhap News)
Gyeongnam’s only arthouse cinema is closing. (photo: Yonhap News)

Korea (Republic of, South) – The only arthouse cinema in Gyeongsangnam is closing. Cine Art Rhizome is not equipped to show DCPs and as such was unable to even show the recent “Okja”. 15 August is the closing date, having only opened in December 2015 at Changdong Art Village in Masan, Pyeongchang, Changwon. Not clear why someone would open an arthouse cinema this recently and not anticipate needing DCI-grade equipment. Yonhapnews – 24 July 2017

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