Cobb Theatres Premieres CINEBISTRO in South Florida at Dolphin Mall

Forbes.com
05.29.08, 9:47 AM ET

Cobb Theatres, one of the most respected names in entertainment, is celebrating the launch of the definitive movie going experience with the opening of its first CINEBISTRO at Dolphin Mall. CINEBISTRO, which debuts May 30th, will offer movie-goers the finest cinema experience combined with innovative cuisine. Cinebistro also features an exceptional assortment of wines and premium cocktails enhanced by cutting edge ambiance.

CINEBISTRO is designed for anyone 21 and over who has a passion for movies and a palate for great food, in an environment unlike anything they have ever experienced. Each CINEBISTRO features an upscale, yet inviting and comfortable atmosphere in which to dine while watching a major motion picture.

These unique venues are built specifically with the discriminating movie-going and gourmet-dining customer in mind; each of the unique screening rooms is appointed with the latest digital cinema technology and sound quality the industry has to offer, as well as being outfitted with ultra-luxurious high-back leather rocking chairs and handmade cocktail tables. Seating is individually chosen and reserved online by a concierge and guests will “walk the red carpet” from the time they are valet-parked to the time they leave.

A true “night out experience,” Cobb’s CineBistro offers movie aficionados an upscale, stylish setting that allows for interaction before and after each showing.

“The Dolphin Mall entertains 1.6 million guests per month, making it the ideal choice to launch this innovative concept,” said Cobb Theatres COO, Jeremy Welman. “The sophisticated, contemporary, adults-only atmosphere presented by CINEBISTRO is perfect for South Florida’s chic set looking for a place to mingle, enjoy great food and drink, and watch a great film.”

Located within Dolphin Mall at 11401 Northwest 12th Street in Miami, Cobb Theatre’s CINEBISTRO has been designed by renowned Zyscovich Architects and will feature five designated theatres that accommodate between 60 to 100 people. CINEBISTRO will also feature a dining room seating 60 and an additional 24 on its private patio. The dining room features a sleek “black box” concept – a highly flexible performance space named for its black, box-like appearance with primary focus on the stage — highlighted by custom murals, and enchanting gold Philippe Starck designed chairs and bar stools.

Cobb has partnered with 4 diamond award-winning chef Alan Lake to develop a menu to delight movie-goers. Originally from Chicago, Lake has recently worked in Japan, Dublin and Zurich and was a force behind Chicago’s East Bank Club and the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. Chef Lake also was the opening chef at Delray Beach’s renowned Sundy House and was the 3 time winner of the Professional Chef’s Competition at the Delray Beach Garlic Festival.

The menu features items such as Crab Salad with Mango, Avocado, Grilled Asparagus and Hearts of Palm or Yellowtail Snapper a la Margarita sauteed with Tequila and Lime. A variety of Latin themed Tapas are also available.

CINEBISTRO’s Miami location is the first in a national roll-out. A Tampa location is scheduled to open later this summer, followed by the Town Brookhaven project in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, and Daytona Live! located at the Daytona International Speedway.

Guests can reserve seats through CINEBISTRO’s Web site at www.cobbcinebistro.com. Admission includes complimentary valet parking.

About Cobb Theatres

Cobb Theatres is an innovative movie exhibition company based in Birmingham, Alabama and currently operates 11 locations with 166 screens in Alabama and Florida. Cobb has an 85 year history developing and operating entertainment venues throughout the Southeastern United States. Projects have recently been announced in Daytona Beach, Atlanta, Baltimore/DC area and Tampa. Cinebistro was conceived in 2006 to provide a new level of service to moviegoers.

 

Fast facts

About the theater

• In all, the cinema will have about 3,000 seats, and the restaurant will have about 120 seats.

• Reserved loge seats will cost $14.50 on weekends and $12.50 on week days. Regular adult admission is $9.50, with lower rates for children and matinee rates. Executives are looking into the possibility of hosting special screenings of films shot locally, such as Edward Scissorhands, filmed in Land O’Lakes and Dade City.

• The grand opening is tentatively set for Sept. 19, with invitation-only events a few days before that.

• Executive chef Alan Lake often creates gourmet desserts based on what’s playing. For The Dark Knight, he designed one resembling the Joker’s face that included doughnuts, strawberries and a cookie shaped like the bat signal.

• For information about the Grove 16 and Cinebistro, visit www.cobbtheatres.com. For information about executive chef Alan Lake, visit www.alanlake.com.