Last December, Star Wars fans helped break the news the the Theatres at Mall of America were closing by the end of 2016. The top-floor movie house had been in the space for around eight years.
Although the Mall played coy as to what would be moving into the space, it was clear that they had some sort of game plan. Now we know what it is, as this morning it was announced that CMX is coming to the 64,000-square-foot space.
“Our guests will be pleasantly surprised by the CMX cinema -- it will exceed all of their expectations,” predicts Jill Renslow, SVP of marketing and business development at Mall of America.
So, what does that mean? Well, for starters, you won't have to sneak your booze in via your purse (unless you want to). Think La-Z-Boy-style seating, wine and mixed drinks, trendy decor, and edibles beyond popcorn and candy.
The theater will hold 14 screens. Before opening, the space will be entirely redesigned and overhauled. It's a project that will take up to nine months.
This will be the first Midwest location for the company.
The theaters will be in good company. Smaaash, a huge gaming venue offering Go-Karts, video games, and virtual-reality experiences, opened recently after signing a nine-year lease.