Twenty-four hours before the popcorn was set to start popping, Landmark Theatres at Merrick Park has postponed its grand opening until Dec. 16.
“Due to technical issues we are not able to open on Friday, December 9,” the company stated in an email to the Herald. “We expect to open on Friday, December 16. Please check our website and social media channels for opening updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
The invitation-only party at the seven-screen luxury multiplex will still take place Thursday night, with several of the national chain’s executives in attendance, including president and CEO Ted Mundorff.
The company declined to offer any specifics about the reason for the delay.
According to Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbank, the theater was not issued a temporary certificate of occupancy, which is required before a newly constructed property can be legally occupied, after failing a fire code inspection.
"They have some issues that they need to work out before we issue the TCO," she said. "We need our buildings to be ready."
On Thursday afternoon, the opening date on the Landmark Theatres website was changed to Dec. 16. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty” and the Jennifer Aniston comedy “Office Christmas Party” are among the films scheduled to start showing next Friday.
Landmark Theatres operates 268 screens at 56 locations in the U.S. The Merrick Park theater occupies 25,000 square feet next to the Neiman Marcus store on the third floor of the popular open-air mall at 358 San Lorenzo Ave., just north of the intersection of U.S. 1 and LeJeune Rd.