Their new "luxury" cinema in City Center at
Each of the 12 theaters is equipped with plump, leatherette recliners, many with food trays and foot rests, and all of the electronic bells and whistles of the ultimate man -- or woman -- cave of home.
"We want to turn movies into a night out again."
Paragon will have a "soft" opening this weekend with second-run movies such as "The Wolf of
The complex includes two "extreme" venues, each with 65-foot, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screens, and seating for about 250.
Some of the smaller theaters can be rented for private or corporate parties, and the screens can be used for video gaming.
The official opening on Thursday -- in time for the
Patrons can take their meals, including alcoholic beverages, into the theaters.
Food will not be served inside the theaters.
"We believe in the social experience with the film, not the servers," Fronckoski said.
Today, the theater will have general seating, but for future dates, reservations will be taken online and at the ticket counter. The reservations will allow moviegoers to select seats, particularly if they want ones with food trays and foot rests, which are only available in seats above the main aisle.
Fronckoski said the reservation system means people can eat at their leisure in the restaurants and not have to worry about rushing into the theater for good seats.
Paragon is the latest addition to the Newport News City Center, which includes a live entertainment amphitheater, specialty shops and restaurants such as
These are events planned at the Paragon theaters in City Center at
Today In honor of
Sunday The theaters will have three more free showings at the same time, with a percentage of concession sales going to charity.
More info www.paragontheaters.com.
Paragon opens to the public on
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