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A luxury theater — with a full bar — will open in Merrick Park in December

Architectural rendering of the Landmark at Merrick Park movie theater, which will open in December.
Architectural rendering of the Landmark at Merrick Park movie theater, which will open in December.

The national Landmark Theatres chain announced Wednesday its new seven-screen multiplex at the Shops at Merrick Park will open in December, just in time for the year-end moviegoing rush.

The Landmark at Merrick Park will take up the 25,000-square-foot space adjacent to Neiman Marcus on the third floor of the open-air mall. The auditoriums will range in capacity from 47 to 100 seats and feature luxurious leather chairs, stadium seating, laser projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Online reserved seating will be available.

The theater will also feature a full bar menu, lounge area and fancy concession fare.

“We are excited to enter the Coral Gables market,” Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff said in a press release. “Our theatre will enhance Coral Gables’ well-earned reputation as an arts and cultural destination.”

The Landmark project was approved by the Coral Gables City Commission after agreeing not to compete with the Coral Gables Art Cinema for movies. Both theaters are located on city-owned land and will be able to show the same films.

General Growth Properties (GGP), which operates the Shops at Merrick Park, will also provide a kiosk at the new theater to help promote the programming at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which is located a mile and a half away. GGP will also make a $10,000 donation to the non-profit Gables Cinema for five years, starting in December.

Landmark Theatres currently operates 268 screens at 56 locations in the U.S. Another luxury multiplex, from Mexico City-based Cinemex, is expected to open soon in Miami’s Brickell Avenue area.

Rene Rodriguez: 305-376-3611, @ReneMiamiHerald

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