Cinemark Theatres has extended the opening date of the movie theater planned for the southwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and US 380 in Frisco to Sept. 1, 2018.
During the Frisco Economic Development Corp. board meeting on Wednesday, the board approved an agreement that would extend the completion date for Cinemark to allow the theater chain to re-engineer and redesign the plans.
In 2013, Cinemark announced it would anchor the Frisco North development, a mixed-use project on the same corner. The project was expected to be complete by 2015. Since then the original developer, Forest City Texas, pulled out of the project and the property sat without a developer. However, because Cinemark owns the property for the new theater, it planned to continue the project and said the theater would open in 2017.
FEDC President Jim Gandy said Cinemark had everything planned to get started on construction. However, Cinemark decided to have focus group meetings to present the plans to moviegoers. The focus groups suggested that Cinemark go in a different direction.
“So they basically threw out all the plans they had developed and started over,” Gandy said. “In doing so, [the theater]is going to be much different and it’s going to be sort of a new prototype for them.”
Gandy said according to Cinemark’s new plans, the new theatre will have lounge seating, a full kitchen and an outside theater.