The 101,000 square foot Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 is open for business after several gala grand opening events, held in September.
The new venue offers an amazing digital viewing experience and 4,227 reclining stadium-style seats. Other luxury features include a 300-seat VIP Theater and a total of 502 premier VIP seats throughout, VIP free popcorn, VIP valet parking and a full-service restaurant and bar.
“Rosemont provided the ideal spot for our first Chicago-area location,” said Michael Whalen, president and CEO of Ft. Lauderdale-based Muvico Theaters. “We’re proud to join a community focused on providing residents and visitors with so many entertainment options. Rosemont is known for its hospitality and we appreciate the opportunity to offer movie fans here a truly luxurious and special experience.”
Featuring Sony Premier 4K digital projection technology on all 18 screens, Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 offers movie fans a breathtaking visual and audio experience.
Guests were welcomed down a real red carpet by live costumed movie characters into the grand opening party on September 11. The fête featured champagne and cocktails, scrumptious buffets and what else but movies, of course. An elaborate sweet table and silent auction of movie memorabilia adorned the Young Adult Lounge. Popular Sun-Times columnist and WBBM-TV entertainment reporter Vill Zwecker served as Master of Ceremonies of the event.
Mayor Bradley Stephens and Mr. Whalen cut not a ribbon, but a reel of film to open the megaplex.
"Muvico's vision for the movie theater of the future is that exhibitors need to offer more complete services to enrich the theater-going experience," said John Scarcella, president of Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Business Solutions Company. "Their goal is to redefine the idea of simply going to the movies, by turning it into an experience for customers. Our SXRD 4K projectors are a perfect fit for that vision and the right technology for reaching that goal, and we're proud to support Muvico."
Muvico Rosemont 18 is the anchor tenant in a $500 million shopping and dining development planned by the Village of Rosemont.
“The Village of Rosemont is very pleased to host such a unique movie theater,” said Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens. “We’re sure that Muvico Rosemont 18 will quickly become a popular destination in Rosemont’s thriving entertainment district, alongside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont Theater and the Allstate Arena.”
Muvico Rosemont 18 offers moviegoers two experiences:
• Downstairs, general admission patrons get extra leg and elbow room with 26-inch, oversized plush chairs. Dining options include extended concession choices to the popcorn treats moviegoers have grown to love. Admission is $7.50 matinees; $9.50 evenings.
• Upstairs in Premier VIP, movie fans 21 and older can receive the royal treatment for $12.50 Monday through Thursday, $15.00 Friday through -Sunday. Muvico’s six Premier VIP Theaters offer luxury amenities not found in other theaters, including free valet parking, free popcorn and 74-inch plush seats, compared to the industry standard of 24-inch seats.
In addition to showing a wide variety of first-run movies, Muvico Rosemont 18 is designed to host alternative content, such as sporting events and live music feeds. And Muvico will make its gorgeous Premier VIP Theater space available for corporate functions or private screenings.
Bogart’s at the Premier, run by famed Levy Restaurants, is Muvico Rosemont 18’s full-service restaurant and bar will treat moviegoers to delicious cuisine in a plush atmosphere. Diners can indulge in a food fantasy that includes an array of appetizers such as homemade hummus and skewered filet mignon sliders, a variety of fresh salads, and charcoal-grilled sandwiches and burgers. Additionally, moviegoers can enjoy mouth-watering entrees like truffle-grilled flatbread sandwiches stuffed with skirt steak, Dungeness crab quesadillas, cheesecake milkshakes and mini gelato-filled chocolate-lined ice cream cones. All food and cocktails can be enjoyed in the VIP Theater, which features a large arm rest and cup holder.
On-site Childcare and Young Adult Lounge
Muvico Theaters transcends traditional theater amenities by providing the added feature of an on-site children’s playroom for children 3-10 years old. Muvico’s exclusive children’s playroom is equipped with computers, arts and crafts and table games, and is staffed by certified teachers who provide educational supervision.
The state-of-the-technology theater also features a young-adult lounge offering specialty Premier drinks and state-of-the-art computerized gaming. Three party rooms can be rented for birthday parties and get-togethers.