|The Krikorian theater and entertainment complex will be part of the new Menifee Town Center at the corner of Newport Road and Haun Road, across from Countryside Marketplace (left).|
Menifee Mayor Scott Mann made the announcement during Wednesday night's city council meeting. The complex, scheduled to open in summer 2015, will include a 12-screen movie theater complex, a 16-lane bowling alley, a restaurant and sports bar, and a family entertainment center with private rooms for birthdays and other special events.
"I can't wait for this complex to open and look forward to taking my family for dinner and a movie," Mann said. "The investment these people are making in our community speaks volumes about their confidence in Menifee and the tremendous growth and maturation we have experienced since becoming a city just a few short years ago."
Requests for a movie theater and bowling alley have been among the top priorities expressed by Menifee residents. This project could be considered the anchor of the 172-acre Menifee Town Center, which will be located on the southwest corner of Newport Road and Haun Road.
"We have been watching with interest the growth of Menifee and have long wanted to be a part of the community," said George Krikorian, president and CEO of Kirkorian Premiere Theatres, in a news release. "It was just a question of finding the right site, and with the Menifee Town Center, we firmly believe we have found the heart of Menifee."
The complex will include 12 stadium-stepped luxury theater auditoriums, all outfitted with leather reclining seats and state-of-the-art sound systems. The theater and bowling alley venues will be complemented by a restaurant/sports bar with a 70-foot screen and luxury sofa seating, plus the family entertainment center.
"We are creating a completely different entertainment experience than what's out there in this area today," Krikorian said.
Daniel T. Gryczman, executive vice president of Regent Properties, also is excited about the deal with Krikorian Premiere Theatres.
"We welcome Krikorian to the Menifee Town Center and look forward to all the excitement they will bring to our project and this community," he said. "Their one-of-a-kind concept is certain to be become one of the most bustling spots in town."