Krikorian Premiere Theatres
27387 Newport Road,
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Krikorian Premiere Theatres (Official)
Operated by: Krikorian Premiere Theatres
Firms: TK Architects
In May 2023 the Riverside Press Enterprise reported the construction site of the Krikorian Premiere Theatres at Menifee Town Center has stood abandoned. The theater had been approved in 2017, with construction starting in 2019, targeting a holiday 2020 opening. Delays due to Covid-19 leading to financial lending problems held up construction in 2019.
Designed by TK Architects, to be included were 14 screens,1,800 recliners, a 100-foot LFX screen seating 500, Dolby Atmos sound and laser projection. Other amenities were in-theater dining, 16 lanes of bowling, arcade, laser tag and a 70-foot LED video wall in the sports bar.
George Krikorian, first known as a real estate developer, became a theater operator in June 1984. He opened the Peninsula 6 in Rolling Hills Estates, California and then other locations in Southern California, which reached 100 screens. These theaters were sold to Regal Cinemas in 1996 after which he started a new chain. This new chain was later sold, one to Cinépolis in 2016 and others to Studio Movie Grill in 2017. Krikorian Premiere Theatres other locations are in Buena Park, California and Lexington, Kentucky.
Standing out prominently at Town Center the 155,000 square-foot walled, roofless shell could be seen from Newport Road and on aerials as late as March 2023. City officials said they still expect the Menifee theater to be completed but gave no timeline.
Krikorian Premiere Theatres maintains a website of the theater, complete with renderings of the future showplace.
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