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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Nov. 6, 201905:20 AM EST

Cinemark seeks building permit for East Arlington theater

The 14-screen venue is expected to open in 2020 in Atlantic North.

East Arlington residents soon can expect to view the 14-screen Cinemark Atlantic North theater take shape now that the city is reviewing a building permit application for the project.

The Cinemark Atlantic North XD 14 is planned on 10.27 acres at 11567 Atlantic Blvd., west of Kernan Boulevard. The permit application shows the 55,380-square-foot theater is estimated at a construction cost of $8.74 million.

Sleiman Enterprises owns the land through Atlantic North LLC. 

Cinemark Holdings Inc. announced in March it would open in summer 2020 at the second phase of Atlantic North, which is west of the first phase. The 1,348-seat theater will be Cinemark’s third complex in the area.

That timeline will depend on permitting. Sleiman Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Michael McNaughton said Wednesday that construction could be completed and the theater opened 12 to 14 months after the construction permit is issued.

That likely pushes the opening later than next summer.

Sleiman Enterprises is developing Atlantic North. The first phase comprises LA Fitness, Belk, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Earth Fare, Panda Express and other retailers.

Plano, Texas-based Cinemark operates the 20-screen Cinemark Tinseltown at 4535 Southside Blvd. and is developing a 12-screen movie theater at The Pavilion at Durbin Park in St. Johns County.

In a news release in March, Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi said the Atlantic North theater will provide “an unparalleled entertainment experience for the eastern communities of the Jacksonville metropolitan area.”

Amenities at the 14-screen theater will include: a Cinemark XD auditorium; Luxury Loungers, which are electric-powered, plush, oversize recliners with footrests and cup holders; reserved seating with online and kiosk ticketing; wall-to-wall screens and enhanced sound systems; 4K digital projection powered by Barco projectors; and a lobby with a full-service, traditional concession stand.

The theater will be about 5 miles east of AMC Regency 24 at Regency Square Mall and a little more than 5 miles northwest of Regal Beach Boulevard Stadium 18.

Atlantic North Phase II is designed with the theater, 320,000 square feet of additional retail buildings and six outparcels along with another 9.19-acre development parcel.

A RaceTrac gas station and convenience store plans a location there.

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