Miami to Gain High-End Movie Theater
Thursday, May 24, 2007)
Taubman Centers, Inc.'s Dolphin Mall will partner with Cobb Theatres to offer Miami-Dade County's first premium movie theater complete with dining, cocktails, reserved luxury seating and digital projection.
The 20,000-square-foot cinema will be just down the corridor from Cobb's highly successful Dolphin 19 theater complex, marking the Alabama-based theater chain's first foray into the "boutique" theater arena.
It will have five digital screens, a restaurant, an outdoor dining patio and a bar located a few steps from Dolphin Mall's main valet parking area by Strike Miami. The new movie house is for guests 21 and older. It is expected to open in spring 2008 with construction beginning in August.
"It's a whole new way to see a movie," explains Pete Marrero, Dolphin Mall's general manager. "It combines the comfort of a living room with the cache of a private screening. It is a fantastic addition to our shopping center."
Each spacious theater has 75 to 125 seats rather than the typical 200 to 300 to provide more comfort and ambiance than the traditional theater. The high-end leather seats with handmade wood table armrests -- that may be folded up to create a "sofa-like seat" -- are arranged stadium style, but feature almost six feet between rows rather than the traditional 48 inches for maximum comfort. When purchasing tickets, guests reserve their specific seats.
Admission ticket prices to the movies will run $15 to $18, with daily matinees. Meals and drinks will be priced competitively. The restaurant will be open to non-movie goers as well.