Redlands Cinema 14

340 N. Eureka Street,
Redlands, CA 92373

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Redlands Cinema 14

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The Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14 opened on November 26, 1997 with 14 screens. The Riverside Press-Enterprise said that it was expected to draw 750,000 people a year, and even as it opened Krikorian wanted to add more screens. By September of 2000 plans were afoot by George Krikorian to add six more screens. Over the years Krikorian submitted various plans to expand the theater but none came to fruition. One of the reasons given was that local preservationists opposed the expansion because it would mean the demolition of an historic packinghouse. Krikorian owns all of the land around the packinghouse but the packinghouse is owned by the city redevelopment agency.

George Krikorian still has not added to his original 14-screen theater nor has he built another theater outside the city limits, as he once proposed. The latest plan submitted in July of 2011 was to build a Sprouts market in the packinghouse, through adaptive reuse. As of November 2011 the city was still debating the issue.

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OCRon on October 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

From Krikorian Theatres website. See renderings in photo section. August 18, 2014, Torrance, CA – George Krikorian, President of Krikorian Premiere Theatres announced today company plans to renovate and expand its current 14-screen complex at Eureka and Shopper’s Lane in Redlands. All current auditoriums will be reconfigured to accommodate fully reclining electronic leather seats with 84 inches of legroom. Several of the auditoriums will be outfitted for in seat food and beverage service. Three new LFX® (Large Format Experience) auditoriums will be created with minimum 75 foot wide screens. Each will be equipped with Dolby’s immersive Atmos® sound system that employs 64 independently controlled speakers (including overhead speakers) that heighten the realism to create the ultimate movie theatre going experience. The renovation will also include the creation of a large luxury sports bar and restaurant that will feature a 90 foot wide screen to showcase live major sporting and alternative content programming such as football, boxing, live concerts and other exclusive events beamed in from around the globe. Food service options will range from casual to fine dining. Bar seating options will range from unstructured leather rockers to private luxury suites. According to Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, “The Krikorian Theater has long been one of the economic drivers in the heart of our historic downtown. We look forward to working with George Krikorian and his staff as they continue to enhance the high level entertainment experience in downtown Redlands for both residents and visitors from all over the East Valley. We anticipate a great synergy created as folks enjoy a movie or sporting event and then take the opportunity to explore all the rest that downtown Redlands has to offer.” Renovations will commence after Labor Day with all improvements expected to be completed by early spring of 2015.

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