Cinépolis is the entertainment centerpiece for the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center.
By Sean D. Hartman
When you think of Lake Nona, you most likely think of the Lake Nona Medical City, a major medical hub in Central Florida. But that may change with the new Cinépolis Lake Nona, a nine-screen 40,000-square-foot luxury cinema, set to open in 2020.
Slated to open in 2020, Cinépolis Lake Nona will serve as an anchor tenant in the second phase of the Lake Nona Town Center in Orlando. The Dallas-based subsidiary of the popular Mexican movie theater chain is the fourth largest movie theater exhibitor in the world operating in multiple foreign states primarily centered in Central America.
Guests will enter Cinépolis Lake Nona through an expansive lobby featuring a bar and lounge encouraging patrons to relax and mingle before the movie begins. Each of the nine theaters will create an immersive experience thanks to stadium-style, fully-reclining leather seats paired with the industry’s latest sound and high-definition projection technologies. In-theater waiter service will provide a full menu and bar at the touch of a button.
The dining menu will offer traditional treats, such as popcorn and boxed candy, along with a mix of healthy and indulgent meal options. At the bar, guests can choose from a variety of local craft beer and specialty cocktails in addition to a wine list featuring Cinépolis’ own private label wine. Cinépolis will also offer different promotions throughout the year, including tie-ins with the latest blockbuster films and events tailored to the local community. Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online or lobby kiosks. As an added value to Town Center tenants, the Cinépolis theater auditoriums are also available during the day for corporate functions and meetings.
“Cinépolis is the entertainment centerpiece for the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center,” said Jim Zboril, President of Tavistock Development Company, the Orlando real estate firm developing the project. “The theater experience is exceptional and epitomizes the quality guests can expect when visiting the Town Center. Cinépolis sets the foundation for our new district designed to engage guests and deliver a unique entertainment experience.”
“We are so pleased to join Lake Nona Town Center and continue to grow our presence in the Central Florida community,” said Luis Olloqui, CEO of Cinépolis USA. “The lifestyle, shopping and entertainment hub is incredible and delivers a unique experience from the moment guests walk into the Town Center. It is awe-inspiring moments like these that we, too, enjoy delivering to regular and new moviegoers with our standout theater experience. We very much look forward to working together and to the years ahead.”
Lake Nona Town Center is a 100-acre anchor for the 17-square-mile, master-designed Lake Nona community and the greater Orlando region. Located adjacent to Orlando International Airport with access from three exits off SR-417, Lake Nona Town Center’s first phase opened in January 2016 with an 85,000-square-foot office building, two award-winning hotels (a Marriott Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott), the 280-unit LandonHouse apartment community, 16,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a multi-level parking structure. A five-story, central parking structure features two visual and interactive landmarks, the six-story Beacon and the Code Wall. In spring 2018, Lake Nona Town Center welcomed the 60,000-square-foot flagship location of Drive Shack, a golf entertainment destination. Pixon Apartments, Park Pizza & Brewing Co. restaurant, an outdoor container park, and the new BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support headquarters are also slated to open by the end of 2018.
With an established foundation of residents and professionals, the next phase of Lake Nona Town Center will focus on providing exclusive entertainment options within 4 million square feet of space including Cinépolis Lake Nona, a brewery, comedy club and live performance venue, bowling concept, a 215-room Town Center luxury hotel, and more than 80 additional specialty retailers, big box users, and restaurants.
Sean David Hartman is a reporter for the Central Florida Post, covering entertainment and public affairs. He describes himself as a “Professional Political Nuisance” and goes after politicians on both sides. Hartman is an autism rights activist, and #ProudlyAutistic.