Krikorian Premiere Theatres

27387 Newport Road,
Menifee, CA 92584

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Operated by: Krikorian Premiere Theatres

Firms: TK Architects

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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.

Contributed by OCRon

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

CTCrouch on August 23, 2023 at 10:32 pm

I’m sure the theatre will eventually be completed. However, as with most Krikorian projects, the process will be excessively prolonged, involve numerous legal disputes, and the finished theatre will be missing several of the promoted amenities (i.e. something like an awkward gap where the laser tag or bowling lanes were supposed to be). For some reason nothing ever seems to go smoothly or to plan when they are involved.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 24, 2023 at 6:10 pm

I love Pico Rivera – missing theater #1 because they never built the PLF screen.

rivest266 on September 9, 2023 at 1:04 am

I uploaded and 2023 satellite photo. A lake developed in the lobby.

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