Electric-reclining, reserved seats? Yep, at local movie theater


The new movie theater that’s planned for The Mall at Wellington Green will feature leather electric-reclining seats with footrests, online reserved seating, a bar lounge and other amenities that aim to make it “the most luxurious theater in the marketplace.”

Paragon Entertainment Holdings made its plans official in an announcement on Wednesday. The Palm Beach Post first reported last month about the theater’s pending arrival.

The 8-screen, 1,100-seat Paragon Wellington movie theater should open in early 2016, the theater operator said.

The project still needs village approvals for a development change, which would allow the 40,000-square-foot theater to take over a portion of the Ashley Furniture space on the second floor of the mall.

A 3,500-square-foot restaurant also is proposed separate from the theater space, according to plans filed with the village.

Paragon said it will offer an expanded food menu featuring items like small plates and flat breads. The Lot Wine Bar and Lounge will also sell craft beers, fine wines and cocktails.

Admission and food prices will be “competitive” to complement the luxury cinema experience, Paragon Theaters CEO Michael Whalen said in a statement.

“Wellington is a beautiful area and we are very eager to bring the finest and most distinctive movie-going experience to its residents,” Whalen said.

Starwood Retail Partners — which bought The Mall at Wellington Green in a record-breaking deal in the fall — is “thrilled” about Paragon’s plans.

“The new theater will be a great addition to local entertainment options and will create a first-class movie-going experience in Wellington,” Starwood CEO Scott Wolstein said in a statement.

Wellington’s only movie theater right now is the eight-screen Movies at Wellington in the Wellington Marketplace plaza off Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores Boulevard. The cinema is known for its bargain ticket prices.

Paragon, based in Deerfield Beach, opened its first theater in 2010. It owns eight theaters and several restaurants in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota and Maryland. Its Florida locations include cinemas in Davie, Naples and Daytona Beach. It previously operated a theater in Jupiter.



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