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POLL: Cinépolis Now Open, Will You Be The First to Spend $19.50 on a Ticket?

The luxury theater officially opened its doors on Friday to the public. Are you ready to head over and spend money for "dinner and a movie" all under one roof?

Laguna Niguel's very own high-end luxury theater, is and the VIPs were in full force on Friday to welcome the new kid on the block.

along with President, Debbie Newman, was on hand for the ribbon cutting affairs.

Many chamber and local business leaders were also present to check out the new sleek lobby, , as well as sample food such as sushi, and chocolate cake.

I headed down toward one of the newly revamped auditoriums, plopped into a "" kicked my feet up, but felt a lot like I was in an airplane.

The menu was also in full view and I noticed that the least expensive glass of wine is $9 and a small quesadilla is $10.

Tickets are $19.50 PER PERSON/ADULT for brand new releases, such as Men in Black 3  that are NOT in 3D. If you want to see a new film in 3D, you are looking at $22.50/ADULT PER PERSON.

Are you ready to plunk down the money for "dinner and a movie" this weekend all under one roof?

Jessie Arroyo June 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
So much for trying to help your local economy..im sticking to redbox on this one.
Wendy C June 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM
It is expensive, but I loved it! A great way to relax and watch a movie.
BTD June 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree that the pricing is way over the top. i was glad they were making this a luxury theater and looked forward to going there. Unfortunately, I will not pay those prices. Last night, I could have gone to Cineopolis, but instead opted for the Regency in San Juan after reviewing the menu prices at Cineopolis! At Regency, the 7:00 movie affords an early visit where you get happy hour prices in the restaurant/bar until 6:30. Which includes 1/2 price appetizers and beer and wine specials. Still pricey, but nowhere near what a movie, drinks and appetizer would cost at the newer venue!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
@Jessie: I think quite a few people agree with you. Check the poll numbers so far.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM
@BTD: Thanks for the info!
Joanne Sklar June 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
WOW I can go across the parking lot for a 1/2 the price Quisedilla (10-12.00 at Cinneapolis) and then go to TJ's for a bottle of wine the movie theatre's least expensive is 9.00 a glass, that times 2 is 18.00 for 2 glasses. Big prices for nothing more than fast food.
Eric Bergstrom June 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The folks in Bear Brand and Ocean Ranch are probably looking forward to it. At least they won't have to wait in long lines.
Jodi Barber June 02, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I have been to the one in San Juan for a birthday. It was nice for a special occasion, go all out, have a glass of wine and eat, but I wouldn't want to pay 60$ for my husband, son and I to see a movie on a regular basis.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
@Jodi: Seems to be the feeling all the way around.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Great points.
Craig Kalthoff June 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This is incredibly nuts. This center caters to the teenage crowd after school and weekends. Id much rather sit on the Terrace at the Laguna Hotel and enjoy the ocean and have a drink and dinner for what a movie and a quesadilla would cost here. I thought we had a pretty bright city council up until now.......
Frieda Wales June 03, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I don't think the movie theaters were filling up with the old seating/viewing arrangement. If they are only going to have 40 customers in a theater, why not give 20 of them luxury seats at an increased price and offer them food at higher rate too? Perhaps it is not about reeling in more of the community, but focusing otn those that have the time and money to provide this kind of entertainment. With Whole Food, the new glammed up fitness facility and Cineopolis it appears the City Council convinced more than one business entity that the residents of Laguna Niguel like nice things and will have money to pay for them.
Martin Hannigan June 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
This is an incredible concept by an experienced family company that takes movie viewing to the next level...Patrons have been way to used to the awful experience of previous operators...
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@Martin: I don't think readers are knocking the concept or the family, but rather the prices.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Thanks PC Mama for your comments.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
@Craig: It appears there are a lot of people in agreement with you.
Frieda Wales June 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I just read reviews of one of the San Diego theaters. Mixed reviews. Almost everyone raves about the comfort of the seats and the layout of the seating. Almost everyone agrees that the food is good, but not fantastic. Very mixed reviews on wait staff and getting the right food, to the right people. Luckily, with work that can be fixed. That rests with management and staffing. Seems like couples enjoy it. Families of 4 to 5 people will need to plan for $175-$200 if they plan on having a full dinner.
Kathy McCotter June 03, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I would only go for a special night out. But it will not be my regular movie theater choice. I don't see this theater lasting.
One sad Mama June 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
My family has been anxiously waiting for the grand opening of the theaters and now sadly we have to tell our kids that we can not afford to take them. For a family of five it would cost us $100 just for the tickets. We can purchase 6 Costco tickets for $45! I hope that they will give discounts to children under 18 and offer some type of matinee pricing. So sad!!!
Lucky R. June 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Went last night and was a bit disappointed. The seats were fantastic, the screen was HUGE but the staff has to iron out a few bumps. Thought it would be relaxing to have a glass of wine and cheese plate brought to me while watching the movie, but we were interrupted several times with wrong orders, and my husband had to ask 4 times for his drink. Although billed for them, our kids never received their milkshakes. Staff was very friendly, but they need to get more organized. I'll try again in a few months...
MG June 03, 2012 at 11:05 PM
They think really should consider making Mon-Wed half off nights to get the place going. I would try it only if they offer a discounted price at first, otherwise I am waiting for a few months to get the staff and food/drink orders more organized. I think most consumers read reviews and bad reviews will kill the whole place before they get going. MG
Eric Bergstrom June 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
First, give them a chance! Every restaurant goes through the same kind of service issues when opening. It's an old standard that you should avoid a restaurant during the first month they open. Most start out with a "soft opening" for a week or two to work the bugs out. Also, I can't afford a Ferrari, but that doesn't mean there isn't a market for Ferrari's.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Eric: True takes a while to get the kinks out.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 12:02 AM
For a big family, it is expensive, but so is Disneyland, right?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I predict that it will become a place to hang in the lounge area.
Frieda Wales June 04, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Grand Opening discounts would be a good idea. Why pay full price for a "high end" place to iron out its kinks? High End means they should have been practicing, practicing, practicing.... so that there are as few mistakes as possible after a real opening.
Laura L June 04, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I will never even visit a theatre that costs 20$ a ticket cause my bed and my tv screen is far more comfortable than 100$ for my family to view a movie. I was incredibly disappointed with the decision of the community to do away with a theatre for everyone in exchange for a theatre for the snobby few. Bourgeoise thinking in this city is redundant and narrow minded to say the least.
Frieda Wales June 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Debbie, Disneyland is way more of a "family experience" than a few hours sitting in a movie theater, especially when those same movies can be viewed elsewhere for less. But, I do see how, as a business model, the Cinepolis one may work out. I went to a movie theater with my husband last night and there were 4 couples in theater. If these big theaters are not going to be filled, why not bring in those people who have the money to see a movie in a different, higher end, setting. Like I have stated before though, I wish they had left one or two theaters at regular prices. Maybe they will offer discount days or local coupons and specials.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 08:13 PM
PCM: A discounted rate would be good during the week.
Dean August 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Bad business move while were still in recession! Even if you can afford the prices I think there out of line. I believe there going to go broke in that location!

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