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Arden-area movie theater complex closes for now

The Century Theatres closed on Monday January 18, 2016. They will reopen in late fall with a new complex complete with fourteen screens and leather recliners.
The Century Theatres closed on Monday January 18, 2016. They will reopen in late fall with a new complex complete with fourteen screens and leather recliners. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The last of the dome-roofed Cinemark Century Stadium 14 movie theaters on Ethan Way closed Mondayas the cineplex prepares for a major makeover.

Century Stadium will give way to a new cineplex next door later this year. The new complex, like its predecessor, will have 14 screens.

“We will see you in the fall,” read a sign posted outside the theater announcing the shutdown Monday.

The closure has been in the works for months and is part of a major overhaul of the adjacent Howe ’Bout Arden shopping center.

Howe ’Bout Arden’s owner, Syufy Enterprises of San Rafael, is planning to double the shopping center’s size, to roughly 330,000 square feet.

While the theaters are owned by Cinemark, the land beneath the domes is controlled by Syufy.

Demolition crews tore down the smaller of the domed theater buildings last June. The larger building remained in operation, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Daddy’s Home,” “The Forest” and five other movies playing as of Monday evening.

Just a week ago, Cinemark shuttered its Century Downtown Plaza 7 theaters in accordance with the renovation of the plaza, now known as Downtown Commons. The theater will reopen this fall with nine screens, roughly at the same time the Sacramento Kings open Golden 1 Center at the eastern end of the mall.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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