Luxury movie theater at Merrick Park to open in December

Renderings of the Landmark and the Shops at Merrick Park
Renderings of the Landmark and the Shops at Merrick Park

Landmark Theatres will open at the Shops at Merrick Park just in time for the holidays, the company announced on Wednesday.

The luxury movie theater chain will take up 25,000 square feet on the third floor of the high-end mall in Coral Gables. The seven-screen theater will offer leather chairs, laser projection and surround sound, as well as a full bar, lounge and concessions, according to the Miami Herald.

General Growth Properties operates the shops, which sit on city-owned land. As part of the project’s approval from the Coral Gables Commission, Landmark Theaters and the Coral Gables Art Cinema will be able to show the same films, GGP will make an annual $10,000 donation to the theater for five years, and GGP will promote the nonprofit cinema at a kiosk at Merrick Park.

Landmark, which has 56 locations across the country, will build out its space on the west side of the mall, between Crate & Barrel and Neiman Marcus. Other luxury theaters planned for South Florida include iPic, set to open at Metropica, and Cinemex at Brickell City Centre.

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More changes are on the way for the Village of Merrick Park. Hersha Hospitality Trust will build a 135-room hotel on vacant land north of the upscale mall. Roger Development Group is also building Laguna House, a 10-story, 13-unit luxury condo at the shops. [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Landmark will provide a donation to the Coral Gables cinema. GGP will be providing the annual donation.