Country Club Plaza is getting a multiscreen movie theater, another development in what appears to be a comeback at the long-troubled Arden Arcade mall.
Cinema West, a Petaluma theater chain, has signed a lease at Country Club and hopes to open the theater sometime early next year, said Jerry Wise of Brad Management, a Southern California real estate firm that is a partner in the mall.
Wise said Cinema West is planning a 12-screen cineplex, but the number of screens could change in the coming months. “They’ve got to get through their approval process, permits, etc.,” Wise said Monday.
Officials with Cinema West weren’t available for comment. Cinema West already operates one cineplex in the Sacramento area, the Palladio 16 theater in Folsom.
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The theater complex would join another major new tenant coming to Country Club Plaza. WinCo Foods is building a 90,000-square-foot store at the mall, Wise said.
The mall “will become a very good destination for the residents of the Arden Arcade area,” Wise said.
Country Club has struggled badly the past few years. The collapse of the Gottschalks department store chain in 2009 erased one of the mall’s most important tenants.
A group led by EDM Realty Corp. of San Francisco bought the mall last year for $20 million from Laeroc Partners of Southern California. At the time, the mall was only about 30 percent leased. That figure doesn’t include Macy’s, which owns its building at Country Club and isn’t considered a tenant.