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Miami, FL: Cobb Theatres Opens Cinebistro in Dolphin Mall

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2008 10:15 AM

Cobb Theatres has opened a new kind of movie theater in Miami, Florida today. The Cobb CineBistro at Dolphin Mall combines watching movies with fine cuisine and an assortment of wine and premium drinks, and is intended for the over-21 crowd.

The five screen facility appears to be located right next (or in?) the Cobb Theatres - Dolphin 19 Cinema in the Dolphin Mall. Each auditorium will seat between 60-100 people, according to the press release, which appears below. There is also a formal dining room that seats 60 people and a private outdoor dining patio.

Luxury seating is a feature of the new Cobb CinebistroThe press release also mentions that each auditorium is outfitted with digital cinema projection systems and digital sound, and seating is reserved with high-back leather rocking chairs and handmade cocktail tables. The photo to the left is from the Cobb Theatres web site, which discusses the Cinebistro concept.

This new theater is just the latest in a series of luxury theaters around the country, which provide reserved seating, upscale food and service, and luxurious seating to cater to a crowd that wants to have an experience that is a step above the standard movie-going experience, and without the sometimes unruly teenage crowd that often seems more interested in goofing around, texting their friends, and talking on cell phones that sitting down, being quiet, and enjoying the movie. Cobb has plans for additional Cinebistro locations in Tampa and Daytona, Florida.

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The full press release from Cobb Theatres appears below.

Press Release

Cobb Theatres Premieres CINÉBISTRO in South Florida at Dolphin Mall

Miami Location is First in National Roll-out of Unique Movie Theatre Experience

May 29, 2008 09:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cobb Theatres, one of the most respected names in entertainment, is celebrating the launch of the definitive movie going experience with the opening of its first CINÉBISTRO at Dolphin Mall. CINÉBISTRO, which debuts May 30th, will offer movie-goers the finest cinema experience combined with innovative cuisine. Cinebistro also features an exceptional assortment of wines and premium cocktails enhanced by cutting edge ambiance.

CINÉBISTRO is designed for anyone 21 and over who has a passion for movies and a palate for great food, in an environment unlike anything they have ever experienced. Each CINÉBISTRO features an upscale, yet inviting and comfortable atmosphere in which to dine while watching a major motion picture.

These unique venues are built specifically with the discriminating movie-going and gourmet-dining customer in mind; each of the unique screening rooms is appointed with the latest digital cinema technology and sound quality the industry has to offer, as well as being outfitted with ultra-luxurious high-back leather rocking chairs and handmade cocktail tables. Seating is individually chosen and reserved online by a concierge and guests will “walk the red carpet” from the time they are valet-parked to the time they leave.

A true “night out experience,” Cobb’s CinéBistro offers movie aficionados an upscale, stylish setting that allows for interaction before and after each showing.

“The Dolphin Mall entertains 1.6 million guests per month, making it the ideal choice to launch this innovative concept,” said Cobb Theatres COO, Jeremy Welman. “The sophisticated, contemporary, adults-only atmosphere presented by CINÉBISTRO is perfect for South Florida’s chic set looking for a place to mingle, enjoy great food and drink, and watch a great film.”

Located within Dolphin Mall at 11401 Northwest 12th Street in Miami, Cobb Theatre’s CINÉBISTRO has been designed by renowned Zyscovich Architects and will feature five designated theatres that accommodate between 60 to 100 people. CINÉBISTRO will also feature a dining room seating 60 and an additional 24 on its private patio. The dining room features a sleek “black box” concept – a highly flexible performance space named for its black, box-like appearance with primary focus on the stage -- highlighted by custom murals, and enchanting gold Philippe Starck designed chairs and bar stools.

Cobb has partnered with 4 diamond award-winning chef Alan Lake to develop a menu to delight movie-goers. Originally from Chicago, Lake has recently worked in Japan, Dublin and Zurich and was a force behind Chicago’s East Bank Club and the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. Chef Lake also was the opening chef at Delray Beach’s renowned Sundy House and was the 3 time winner of the Professional Chef’s Competition at the Delray Beach Garlic Festival.

The menu features items such as Crab Salad with Mango, Avocado, Grilled Asparagus and Hearts of Palm or Yellowtail Snapper a la Margarita sautéed with Tequila and Lime. A variety of Latin themed Tapas are also available.

CINÉBISTRO’s Miami location is the first in a national roll-out. A Tampa location is scheduled to open later this summer, followed by the Town Brookhaven project in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, and Daytona Live! located at the Daytona International Speedway.

Guests can reserve seats through CINÉBISTRO’s Web site at www.cobbcinebistro.com. Admission includes complimentary valet parking.

About Cobb Theatres

Cobb Theatres is an innovative movie exhibition company based in Birmingham, Alabama and currently operates 11 locations with 166 screens in Alabama and Florida. Cobb has an 85 year history developing and operating entertainment venues throughout the Southeastern United States. Projects have recently been announced in Daytona Beach, Atlanta, Baltimore/DC area and Tampa. Cinebistro was conceived in 2006 to provide a new level of service to moviegoers.

Source: Cobb Theatres

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