iPic Boca Raton

301 Plaza Real,
Boca Raton, FL 33432

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An entertainment component of the retail/residential Mizner Park development, AMC opened the Mizner Park 8 as a replacement for its Boca Mall 6. State-of-the-art for its time in 1990, several auditoriums were equipped with digital audio and massive, eye-filling screens. Mizner Park has hosted numerous film festivals through the years, including the springtime Palm Beach Film Festival.

After AMC’s attempt to expand into a megaplex was rejected, Muvico’s (later Cinemark’s) new Palace 20 drew business away from Mizner Park. Sunrise Cinemas assumed management in 2001, adding international/alternative films to the ongoing lineup. Frank Theatres took over in 2010, but closed it suddenly over New Year 2010/2011.

It was renovated and reopened on May 4, 2012 as the iPic Boca Raton.

Contributed by sporridge

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sporridge
sporridge on January 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Closed suddenly around New Years Day, and Frank Theaters has left the building — possibly a hangover from the aforementioned financial difficulty. New operators may already be in the wings, will keep you posted.

sporridge
sporridge on January 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

“The theater will be closed for renovations and is slated to reopen sometime this fall."
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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

An article from the Palm Beach Post:
View link I am just speculating, but it seems possible that Frank Theatres was unable to come to terms with the Mizner Park center management over the Sunrise debt.

sporridge
sporridge on January 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Another issue might’ve been the MPC’s now two-decades-old infrastructure, maintained as well as possible but showing increasingly obvious need of refurbishment. Last time I went a couple months ago, the (frayed) seat sank a little further than usual. Given the increased popularity of combining fast-casual dining/drinking with movies, I get the vibe the revitalized MPC may follow suit (giving Cinemark Palace’s The Premier, not to mention Mizner Park’s numerous restaurants, some competition).

One of the ticket-takers had been there since the AMC days — I hope he’s been able to find new work!

sporridge
sporridge on January 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Revisiting the link C Walczak posted, some clarification has been added since publication:

“According to the most recent owner of the cinema, Frank Theatres, Sunrise agreed to close the cinema in January. When Frank Theatres took over a number of Sunrise Cinemas locations in October, it agreed to run this theater until its closure at the end of 2010, said Rob Reynolds, COO and CFO of Frank Theatres.

‘Its unfortunate,’ Reynolds said. ‘It’s a nice location. We just got into the game too late.’ He said a national chain will be taking over the cinema and revamping it."

sporridge
sporridge on June 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Street view (with indistinct former Sunrise Cinemas signage) is at the south end. U.S. 1 would be immediately to the left. The theatre’s low-level street marquee was slightly further north, now used to promote events elsewhere in Mizner Park.

As of 6/11, the windows are covered, with no further word of renovation activity.

sporridge
sporridge on January 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

iPic Theaters is now scheduled to renovate the Mizner Park Cinema space as a boutique theater with restaurant and bar, reopening scheduled for May 2012.

sporridge
sporridge on January 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

More at this probably limited-time link: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-12-14/news/fl-brf-watch-1214-20111214_1_ocean-strand-joe-pedalino-rezoned

sporridge
sporridge on February 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Further iPic news: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-ipic-theater-reveal-20120215,0,4276055.story

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

The renovated theater will reopen on May 4 and will be known as the iPic Boca Raton. View article

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