EpiCentre's movie theater postpones opening

New date of Dec. 12 coincides with debut of attached restaurant and lounge at uptown site.

11/16/2008 12:00 AM

11/14/2008 8:44 PM

Center city residents anticipating the November arrival of the area's first modern movie theater will have to wait a few weeks longer.

The EpiCentre theater, originally scheduled to open Friday in time for the release of “Quantum of Solace,” is now slated to open Dec. 12, officials said.

The theater promises to feature an upscale atmosphere where food is allowed and where VIP seats and loveseats can be reserved online. After 7 p.m., alcoholic beverages are allowed, and the theater will open only to moviegoers 21 and older.

The theater's opening is also now scheduled to coincide with the opening of Mez, an attached restaurant and lounge. A few construction delays led to the revised timeline, said Afshin Ghazi, of The Ghazi Co, which owns the site of the EpiCentre.

Prices have also been set. The VIP seats that can be reserved ahead of time will be $12 in the evenings, and general admission seats will be $9. New Web sites have been launched at www.epicentretheaters.com and www.mezcharlotte.com.

As the residential population uptown has boomed, many residents have been eager to see a movie theater come to the area. The nearest theaters showing popular blockbusters are on Park Road, at Phillips Place near SouthPark and at Northlake Mall.

“We're excited about it,” said Jim Lee, spokesman for Florida-based IPic Entertainment, which will run the theater.

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