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East Rutherford, NJ: Muvico Theaters Premier Movie-Going Experience to Be Big 'Entertainment' Player at Meadowlands Xanadu

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2004 and updated on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 5:27 PM

Press Release

Rooftop Terrace To Feature One-of-a-Kind 60-Foot Screen For Outdoor Movie Viewing, Full-Service Bar and Menu, Plus Helipad and Private Access For Exclusive Engagements

October 2004 (Newstream)-Muvico Theaters, Inc. and The Mills Corporation jointly announced that industry leader Muvico Theaters will build a 26-screen, 6,500-seat 160,000-square-foot megaplex movie theater at Meadowlands Xanadu, the 4.8 million-square-foot family entertainment, shopping and office complex in Northern New Jersey. Megaplex plans include a Premier Level with nine balcony auditoriums and a full-service restaurant and bar plus a 15,000 square foot rooftop terrace featuring a 60-foot outdoor screen for outdoor movie viewing with a helipad and private access for VIPs to the Premier Level.

Rendering the complex
Muvico Theaters, Inc.'s new Muvico Xanadu 26 theater to be built at the Meadowlands Xanadu in Northern New Jersey, will be a 26-screen, 6,500-seat, 160,000-square-foot megaplex movie theater. The movie theater will include a Rooftop Terrace that will feature a One-of-a-Kind 60-Foot Screen For Outdoor Movie Viewing, Full-Service Bar and Menu, Plus Helipad and Private Access For Exclusive Engagements.(Graphic: Business Wire)

According to Muvico President Hamid Hashemi, the new Muvico Xanadu 26 Theater will be a "key player" at Meadowlands Xanadu, complementing the many family entertainment and brand experiences to be available at the complex as well as the nearby sports venues. Adjacent to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike/Interstate 95 (Exit 18W), the new Muvico Xanadu 26 will be located approximately four miles from Manhattan and equidistant from the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge.

Known for delivering grand "bigger than life" theatrical architecture, and movie theater amenities and features unlike any in the world, Muvico will set the stage for unparalleled movie enjoyment for guests at its new Meadowlands Xanadu venue. As Muvico Theaters does in all its megaplexes in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee, the innovative movie circuit will indulge its Meadowlands Xanadu guests with a total entertainment experience from the moment they arrive...bringing back the "big event" experience enjoyed by the great movie palaces of the '20s and '30s.

Rendering of the interior
The Premier Level of Muvico Theaters, Inc.'s new Muvico Xanadu 26 theater at Meadowlands Xanadu in Northern New Jersey will offer a unique on-site seamless blend of cinema and culinary fare where guests may indulge on-site in a full-service dinner complete with wine and/or cocktails before, after or during their movie.(Graphic: Business Wire)

The new megaplex will feature an elaborately themed lobby and an expansive concession stand with exceptional offerings; state-of-the-art technology; wall-to-wall screens; Dolby digital surround sound; stadium-seating with spacious custom rocking seats and 46" row spacing to offer enough room to walk between aisles; and well-trained staff providing Muvico's award-winning signature friendly service.

"Being an integral part of the Xanadu environs is one of our most exciting opportunities," noted Hashemi. "We look forward to working with The Mills on this precedent-setting destination that is sure to quickly become an international entertainment icon. Our plans are big...our commitment strong."

Hashemi added that Muvico Xanadu 26 will feature valet parking, the ability to buy and print assigned seat tickets on-line at www.muvico.com, plus Muvico's exclusive in-theater supervised children's playroom-an industry first-that gives parents on-the-go a chance to catch a film and not worry about last-minute challenge of finding a babysitter. Located on-site for convenient drop-off, Muvico's children's playroom features a fun, "kid friendly" themed environment that includes such amenities as a computer zone, a reading corner, an arts and crafts space, a science area, a free play spot and assorted play activity areas. For peace of mind, parents receive I.D. wrist bands (matching the ones their children receive) and a beeper for immediate notification.

Muvico Theaters expanded concession stand menu includes freshly prepared lite meals such as crispy chicken breasts, fresh baked pizza, and popcorn shrimp among other concession fare.

Muvico Xanadu guests-ages 21 and older-will be able to "wine, dine, and watch movies" all at the same time in the Premier Level full-service restaurant, bar and it's nine ultra deluxe balcony auditoriums with stadium-seating and oversized love seats located on the second floor of the theater. "Our total Premier Level entertainment concept is another industry first and truly takes dinner and a movie to the ultimate level," notes Hashemi. He added that this amenity will be patterned after its successful Muvico Premier Level bistro, bar and theaters in its Boca Raton-based Muvico Palace 20, where the Premier level is a unique on-site seamless blend of cinema and culinary fare where guests may indulge on-site in a full-service dinner complete with wine and/or cocktails before, after or during their movie. Innovative specialty dishes are rotated seasonally to keep the restaurant's ample menu interesting, and the friendly staff is trained to be conscious of diners' movie schedules.

Hashemi also noted that businesses seeking new and exciting ways to energize and motivate their management and staff or educate/entertain their clients will find Muvico's unique movie/dining combination an ideal upscale venue for hosting a variety of events, from board meetings, employee training sessions, and customer presentations, product launches and premieres to networking events, news conferences, holiday parties and sales incentives. Poised to accommodate businesses of all sizes and types in a private-club-like grand balcony setting, Muvico Xanadu 26 will offer flexibility with a variety of meeting rooms with full audio-visual technology as well as the ability to reserve the rooftop outdoor screen with on-site full-service catering.

For Premier Level guests with more limited time, a full-service bar offers the full restaurant menu as well. In addition, two separate premium concession stands will offer Premier moviegoers the traditional popcorn and candy, along with fresh daily sushi selections; freshly prepared gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and salads; crab and artichoke dip; desserts; draft beer, wine and splits of champagne.

Every Premier Level balcony has stadium-style seating, Muvico's custom-designed, sumptuous, single and double rocking (love seat-style) sofas and state-of-the-art visual and audio technology, that allows Premier Level moviegoers to screen the latest films-while enjoying a cocktail or dessert and coffee-in ultimate comfort. Premier level guests will enjoy a unique combination of private-club-like gathering, full-service bar, private dining room, and the ultimate in luxurious and state-of-the-art movie screening experiences.

According to Hashemi, the colossal rooftop terrace screen will be complete with state-of-the-art projection and sound system optimized for outdoor movie viewing. Ideal for high level private engagements the rooftop terrace area will feature its own open-air full-service bar and concession stand serving freshly prepared meal fare. A private helicopter pad, conveniently set adjacent to the rooftop terrace, will provide easy access for arrivals by celebrities, dignitaries and other VIP attendees to the Premier Level.

"As an innovator in theater design and comfort, we at Muvico Theaters take a boutique approach to each project, with the goal of making each unique-not to mention a fun and breathtaking place to see a movie," added Hashemi. "Muvico Xanadu 26 will allow us to 'raise the bar' on megaplex entertainment, amenities, features and guest service once more."

The Mills Corporation is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Arlington, Virginia that owns, develops, leases, manages and markets a portfolio of 27 retail and entertainment destinations totaling approximately 34 million square feet. Currently, the Company has eight projects under construction or development around the world. The Company's Internet address is www.themills.com.

Fort Lauderdale-based Muvico Theaters presently operates 12 theaters with 233 screens in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee with 126 additional screens in various stages of development across the eastern United States. Muvico Theaters is headquartered at 3101 North Federal Highway, 6th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3306-1042. For more information, visit www.muvico.com

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