Westfield announces plans for a 10 screen movie complex and new restaurants.
(North Olmsted) - Today, Westfield Great Northern, a 1.2 million+ square foot super regional shopping center located on the west side of the greater Cleveland area, announced the upcoming addition of a 10-screen Regal Cinemas, three new restaurants and a new main mall entrance, all set to debut this December.
Marketing director Annie Dorsey says the new movie theatre and adjacent restaurants, encompassing approximately 55,000 square feet and presently under construction, will occupy the former food court area between JCPenney and Sears.
Dorsey tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, an additional 6,000 square feet of space near Sears will be reconfigured to accommodate new retail.
Following the opening of a brand new Dining Court and several family amenities in November 2011, the addition of a modern movie theatre in December 2013, along with fresh restaurant flavors, will cement the center as a compelling destination for shopping, dining and, now, entertainment.
In partnership with Regal Entertainment Group, a motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, Westfield will introduce Northeast Ohio to a 10-screen cinema, modern in every way, which will also include a unique auditorium equipped for the Regal Premium Experience (RPX).
Dorsey says RPX presents movies the way filmmakers intended with powerful, uncompressed surround sound and bright eye-popping images in 2D and 3D. Guests will enjoy the custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests.
A giant immersive screen is illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with state-of-the-art sound system for maximum impact.
Dorsey reports another cutting-edge feature, available only at Regal Entertainment Group theatres, will be Sony’s Entertainment Access System to assist deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and low vision moviegoers.
The system includes specially designed lightweight eyewear for deaf and hard of hearing guests to privately view closed captioned text directly in their line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies.
The assistive technology also includes a wireless receiver for blind and low vision guests that provides descriptive audio tracks via a pair of headsets.
She says an exciting line-up of new restaurants that are unique to the market is on the horizon, and Mama Fu’s Asian House is the first of three restaurants to sign on. Offering Asian-inspired dishes that are chef-prepared and made-to-order, the restaurant will open shortly ahead of the cinema. More restaurants will be named later this year.
Plans for the project also include a grand new main mall entrance, which will be positioned at the corner of the southeast wing where the existing building meets Sears. Shoppers will enjoy the continued convenience of a large parking field outside the new entrance.
Alongside the cinema and restaurants project, Westfield Great Northern has announced it will open a relocated and expanded Forever 21 this Fall.
The retailer, currently located near the Dining Court, will relocate to encompass 20,000 square feet of space adjacent to Cleveland’s exclusive Disney Store.
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