Opening date unveiled: New MOA movie theater will bring 'food hall,' 'mixologist'-curated cocktails

It's the Market Cinema inside CMX at MOA.

It's the Market Cinema inside CMX at MOA. Mall of America

In late 2016, Bloomington's Mall of America closed its ol' movie theater. It was a humble movie house, fit for the undiscriminating tastes of mall-going teens and families.  

On May 4, CMX Cinemas will make its long-awaited premiere. It's gonna be fancy AF.

What's the mega-mall getting, exactly? Let's consult Wednesday's press release. 

--  A four-pronged Market Cinema concessions concept inspired by "food halls," which we're promised are very trendy among "foodies."

That means an "in-house pizza station," featuring "handcrafted" 'za, keeping with the tradition of how almost all pizzas are crafted; a "burgers and shakes destination," featuring "made-to-order" burgers and "hand-spun" shakes, keeping with the tradition of how those products are typically made and spun; a "deli-catessen [sic] go-to station," featuring "elegant cheese and charcuterie platters," plus sammies, salads, beer, and wine; and, finally, a "popcorn lab," featuring freshly popped kernels of corn. 

-- An "immersive center bar." That means "handcrafted" (that word again...) cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits, all curated by "professional mixologists." Take a hike, hobbyist mixologists! Booze in movie theaters is the current No. 1 hipster trend, if we're to believe City Pages' recent Best Of issue. 

-- Thirteen screens capable of seating 872 moviegoers in "comfy oversized leather recliners" affixed with swivel tables. The screens and sound systems? They're state-of-the-art, we're promised. 

-- Tickets will cost ya just $5 on "Terrific Tuesdays," which take place every Tuesday. Discounted $8 tickets will be offered every day to seniors (60-plus), kids, and military. Matinee tickets will run $8.50 on weekday and $10 weekends. Regular price evening tickets will be $11 on weekdays and $14 on weekends. CMX accepts MoviePass.

Wanna hear from Frank Stryjewski, COO of CMX Cinemas? Here he is, via the press release:

"We are thrilled to open the first of its kind CMX Market Cinema at Mall of America! Our guests will be astounded by the new movie-going experience that will satisfy all family members’ preferred food and drink selection. This is not your typical movie theatre; it’s a redefined cinema experience."

Owned by Mexico City-headquartered Cinemex, CMX Cinemas operates 32 movie theaters in the U.S. The MOA location is one of CMX's first ventures into the Midwest.