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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted April 27, 2011 07:19 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
I can't confirm for sure but...

The UltraStar La Costa 6, a quaint former-Edwards in Carlsbad, CA, is closing this Sunday. I asked the folks at the theater if someone was taking over and they told me yes... Someone I know then contacted the shopping center manager over the phone, who said that "Siney-opolis" would be the one taking over.

So, if that means THE Cinépolis is taking over, does this mean they'll be doing a Spanish-subtitled concept? While North San Diego County is full of Hispanics, this is kind of an upscale shopping center for your average Spanish-subtitled locations. Will they be doing an entirely new, North American concept?

I have some e-mails into Cinépolis and the mall Twitter asking for further information. It's possible somebody decided to call their new company "Cineopolis", but I doubt it. I personally had my doubts about a normal exhib remodeling the location, figuring it would be an indie or discount house because many are pushing for a brand new megaplex not five miles away. But a Spanish language complex... as weird as that would be, kinda makes sense.

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Adam Martin
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 - posted April 29, 2011 11:41 AM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
Why would you assume that a Cinépolis location in the US would be Spanish-language, subtitled, or cater to a Hispanic market at all?

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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted April 29, 2011 04:34 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
Because if you really wanted to launch your brand new American concept, wouldn't you do it with a new megaplex, not an older complex? There have been strong pushes for a new theater very close to this location; this would further the idea that there's got to be some quirk to the idea, as this location could not compete with a megaplex even if it were to be remodeled... Also seems a little weird they would keep the Cinépolis name if they went completely American.

But you're right... I shouldn't assume. The whole thing seems weird.

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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted May 01, 2011 10:26 AM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
The one other possibility I see is Cinépolis does an American version of their "luxury" concept in Mexico... similar to a Gold Class operation, with expensive tickets and in-seat ordering.

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Scott D. Neff
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 - posted May 02, 2011 11:15 AM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
There is also the Cineopolis in Vancouver, WA that does the fancy dining theatres. Maybe they're involved?

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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted May 02, 2011 04:33 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
I see that listed as "Cinetopia". They aren't related, are they?

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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted May 05, 2011 08:11 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
Yep, confirmed it will be a 21+ food/drink concept: http://bit.ly/kWvOU7. Will be interesting to see what they do.

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Scott D. Neff
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 - posted May 09, 2011 01:49 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
You're right -- Cinetopia... and to my knowledge no, they're not related.

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Danny Baldwin
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 - posted May 16, 2011 07:56 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
Confirmed that it is indeed Cinépolis, and that they have also taken the Del Mar Highlands 8 that UltraStar was supposed to be turning into an UltraLuxe. Alas, the fixed aspect ratio screens there will be gone! Should be interesting.

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