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FIRST LOOK: Cinépolis Opens its Doors to Patch

The long-awaited venue doesn't open until Friday evening to the public, but we have the first exclusive photos.

The staff of the new  , were putting on the finishing touches on Wednesday at the new theater located at 32341 Golden Lantern St.

Photographer Barton Mac Leod was on hand and snapped these first-look photos before the public will be able to visit the evening of June 1.

A special VIP and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for city officials on Friday at 3 p.m.

After that, the wait is over and the doors will finally swing open for excited movie-goers.

The theater includes 684 plush, reclining leather seats, in seven state-of-the-art, digital auditoriums, "providing a true luxury movie experience."

The theater will also include a wine, beer and cocktail menu along with gourmet movie fare with a lobby for lounging pre- and post-movie, patio dining for those wishing to eat outdoors, as well as “restaurant-at-your-seat” service with an on-call waiter button at each seat inside the theater.

Movie-goers can expect to pay between $13.50 to $19.50 for regular movies, and 3D will be $22.50.

Cinépolis advance ticket sales will be available Thursday at cinepolisusa.com.

Eric Bergstrom May 31, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Great place to just hang out.
Paul Herzbrun May 31, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I bet this bombs! The good thing is we have all sorts of other movie houses to go to that have somewhat reasonable prices. Laguna Hills Mall theatre is $ 7.00. Let's see. $ 7.00 versus $ 22.95 times two people. Yep. I can do the math.
Frieda Wales May 31, 2012 at 06:29 PM
We do agree on a few things Paul!
Barton Mac Leod May 31, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Whole Foods a high end market just opened and noted for quality and higher prices and the market has been jammed every day ...
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It will probably be a fad for a few weeks then taper off.
Frieda Wales June 01, 2012 at 04:39 PM
What will taper off? Paul and I agreeing, or Cineopolis?
Paul Herzbrun June 02, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Somehow I am tempted to bet on both
amazon99 June 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Cinepolis has been around for over 40 years all over the globe, don't see this "tapering off" anytime soon! They are growing, creating jobs and new tax revenue for the city. That seems like a good thing to me!
Greg Simonoff June 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Their Del Mar and La Costa cinemas sell out on the weekends and business is growing not tapering off. That's just the facts.
Paul Herzbrun June 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Very interesting. Personally I hope it is successful but still have my doubts. I guess I am more of a movie and popcorn type guy.
James Cabada June 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
As with Wholefoods, Cinepolis follows the same respect: People are willing to pay for better quality. NO one sitting behind my chair kicking it, or elbowing me. No sound of someone crunching into their food right on top of me. I can recline and order my martini while I order real food instead of goobers and nachos. You get what you pay for. I disagree with Debbie. If you look at the Luxury Theater trend, not fad, movie enthusiasts are demanding more of an experience and willing to pay for it.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Hi James: I agree with you, however, if you read the comments from readers, there are several who say the price is high. I think the theater is lovely and a fun place to hang, but for my budget, I can't go that often. Perhaps others might feel the same? The poll numbers can be found on the site too.
Paul Herzbrun June 13, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Hey, I have an idea. Let's add a dollar tax to the ticket price for anyone who goes there and orders an adult beverage. After all we known that adult beverages are bad for people. Now we could have the best of all worlds. People with disposable income who want to go to that theatre can and they would help finance a study into the harm adult beverages do to our society. Who could possible disagree with that? Let's call it proposition 29B as in beverage.
Joseph Morin June 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Went last night and drove from Irvine where we have no luxury cinemas. This is not a fad but a trend and I happily spent over $150 for bottle service, great food and and extremely comfortable movie viewing experience. The service was fantastic and I felt as if we were in a first class airline cabin albeit with a much larger screen and a great sound system. I would have normally paid that much for a nice dinner before the movie - this was a chance to combine the two for an amazing experience. I will be back and drive 30 miles just to experience it again.
Paul Herzbrun June 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Exactly what I was saying. Those with that disposable income should also be thrilled to pay an additonal $1.00 per ticket to help fund a study as to the harm of adult beverage consumption while watching a movie. The money collected would then go to build a couple of nice buildings, hire a bunch of government people and then send the monies to a group of people somewhere to do the study. Oh I know prop 29 got defeated but, it's coming again. My suggestion is just a dumb though. Personally I hope the theatre is a great success. Private industry made this investment with their own money not mine or yours or your benevolent government's. I won't support it with my movie money but that doesn't for a second mean I don't hope it does well. It takes guts to start a business let alone make a major change like this.

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