iPic Boca Raton
301 Plaza Real,
301 Plaza Real,Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Opened as the AMC Mizner Prak 8 on December 13th, 1990. Grand opening ad posted.
The renovated theater will reopen on May 4 and will be known as the iPic Boca Raton. View article
Further iPic news: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-ipic-theater-reveal-20120215,0,4276055.story
More at this probably limited-time link: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-12-14/news/fl-brf-watch-1214-20111214_1_ocean-strand-joe-pedalino-rezoned
iPic Theaters is now scheduled to renovate the Mizner Park Cinema space as a boutique theater with restaurant and bar, reopening scheduled for May 2012.
Street view (with indistinct former Sunrise Cinemas signage) is at the south end. U.S. 1 would be immediately to the left. The theatre’s low-level street marquee was slightly further north, now used to promote events elsewhere in Mizner Park.
As of 6/11, the windows are covered, with no further word of renovation activity.
Revisiting the link C Walczak posted, some clarification has been added since publication:
“According to the most recent owner of the cinema, Frank Theatres, Sunrise agreed to close the cinema in January. When Frank Theatres took over a number of Sunrise Cinemas locations in October, it agreed to run this theater until its closure at the end of 2010, said Rob Reynolds, COO and CFO of Frank Theatres.
‘Its unfortunate,’ Reynolds said. ‘Itâ€™s a nice location. We just got into the game too late.’ He said a national chain will be taking over the cinema and revamping it."
Another issue might’ve been the MPC’s now two-decades-old infrastructure, maintained as well as possible but showing increasingly obvious need of refurbishment. Last time I went a couple months ago, the (frayed) seat sank a little further than usual. Given the increased popularity of combining fast-casual dining/drinking with movies, I get the vibe the revitalized MPC may follow suit (giving Cinemark Palace’s The Premier, not to mention Mizner Park’s numerous restaurants, some competition).
One of the ticket-takers had been there since the AMC days — I hope he’s been able to find new work!
An article from the Palm Beach Post:
View link I am just speculating, but it seems possible that Frank Theatres was unable to come to terms with the Mizner Park center management over the Sunrise debt.
“The theater will be closed for renovations and is slated to reopen sometime this fall."
Closed suddenly around New Years Day, and Frank Theaters has left the building — possibly a hangover from the aforementioned financial difficulty. New operators may already be in the wings, will keep you posted.
This theater is now being managed by Frank Theatres; new official website: http://www.franktheatres.com/Home.aspx
Apparently this theater is in financial difficulty: