What's In Store

South Charlotte movie theater begins major renovation

Plush reclining seats at another renovated AMC theater
Plush reclining seats at another renovated AMC theater Courtesy of AMC

AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 has begun the first phase of a major multimillion dollar renovation that is expected to be completed later this year.

The south Charlotte theater will get new plush reclining chairs, new screens, new speakers and new sound systems, Ryan Noonan, the theater’s communications director, said in an email. The building will also get new paint, new carpets and restroom renovations.

“We’re doing the renovations in phases, so we’re shutting down parts of the theater while staying open to ensure guests can still come see a movie,” Noonan told the Observer.

The theater, at 9541 South Blvd., is also considering adding a bar concept, which would allow of-age moviegoers to enjoy beer, wine or cocktails during their movie, Noonan said.

The renovation at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 is part of a $600 million AMC initiative “to enhance the overall movie-going experience for guests throughout the country,” Noonan said.

AMC has renovated “several dozen” theaters throughout the U.S., though this is the first in Charlotte and in North Carolina.

The south Charlotte theater’s news comes as another down the street in Matthews, Cinemark Movies 10, is closing its doors after 20 years in operation.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta