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Dine-in movie theater coming to Howe Bout Arden

Cinemark Holdings Inc. announced plans to build the Century Arden Movie Bistro, a multiscreen, dine-in movie theater, next to the pictured Century Arden 14 and XD, which opened late last year at the Howe Bout Arden shopping center.
Cinemark Holdings Inc. announced plans to build the Century Arden Movie Bistro, a multiscreen, dine-in movie theater, next to the pictured Century Arden 14 and XD, which opened late last year at the Howe Bout Arden shopping center. rbyer@sacbee.com

Dining in front of the big screen is on the menu at the Century Arden Movie Bistro scheduled to open next year at Howe Bout Arden.

Cinemark Holdings Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to build a multiscreen, dine-in movie theater next to the Century Arden 14 and XD, which opened late last year.

The Arden Century Movie Bistro is set to launch in the summer of 2018, according to a Cinemark news release. It will feature a full kitchen offering a food and beverage menu as well as Luxury Lounger reclining chairs with reserved seating.

“The extraordinary success of our Century Arden 14 led us to conclude that the Cinemark Movie Bistro concept will be a perfect complement and welcome alternative for our customers,” Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s chief executive officer, said in a written statement. “This is a very unique opportunity to take an extremely popular entertainment destination and make it even better.”

The planned dine-in theater will offer seat-side ordering from a menu including fish tacos, pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven and an assortment of cocktails, the news release said. An upscale, full bar serving beer, wine and cocktails will be available in the lobby.

The theater will feature reserved seating and online ticketing, allowing patrons to make sure preferred and selected seats are available.

Cinemark’s Century Arden 14 and XD replaced the demolished Century Stadium 14 on Ethan Way last year. It offers “expanded concessions,” including pizza, chicken wings and other items, along with such traditional movie fare as popcorn and hot dogs, but it does not offer in-seat food service.

Dine-in services currently are offered at Folsom’s Palladio LUXE Cinema, which opened in November, and Rocklin’s Studio Movie Grill.

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