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Downtown Plaza movie theater closed for renovation tied to arena

An artist’s rendering shows a planned hotel and residential tower next to the site of the new $507 million arena being built at the former Downtown Plaza in Sacramento. The development also includes retail, restaurants and a revamped movie theater.
An artist’s rendering shows a planned hotel and residential tower next to the site of the new $507 million arena being built at the former Downtown Plaza in Sacramento. The development also includes retail, restaurants and a revamped movie theater.

The movie theater at the former Downtown Plaza in Sacramento closed Monday for a major renovation that will be part of the $300 million entertainment development the Kings are building surrounding their new arena.

Two auditoriums will be added to the Century Downtown Plaza 7 theater complex when it reopens this fall, according to a news release from Cinemark, which operates the facility. The renovations will also include oversized recliners as a seating option, enhanced audio in the theaters and complimentary valet parking during shows.

The theater – which will be rebranded Century DoCo 9 – will anchor the Plaza West area of what is now being called Downtown Commons. Construction is underway on a 16-story hotel and condo tower on the site. The Kings also are planning to build shops and restaurants.

Todd Chapman, president of JMA Ventures, which is developing the site with the Kings, said the new movie theater will “offer Sacramento a completely revamped movie-going experience.”

Construction on the $507 million arena is scheduled to finish by October. The Kings have said they expect to complete the exterior of the condo and hotel tower later this year and that the hotel will be open by the time Sacramento hosts first- and second-round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March 2017.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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