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INDIO: High-tech movie palace set for Fantasy Springs casino

July 17, 2014

By Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.



July 17--A Los Angeles-based theater chain will build a movie palace at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio, with screens bigger than those in Riverside and San Bernardino, according to a press release.

Maya Cinemas of North America expects to open the 16-screen theater in fall 2015 as the first part of a 130,000-square-foot retail expansion, the press release said.

Dolby Atmos Sound and an MPX large-format, 72-foot-wide screen are among the "beyond state-of-the-art" features Maya expects to install in the facility.

It will have the "largest screens in three counties," Vice President Lawrence J. Porricelli said in a phone interview.

Maya has a 14-screen cinema in Salinas and 16-screen cinemas in Bakersfield and Pittsburgh. All have auditoriums with Dolby Atmos and D-Box, which coordinates seat vibrations with action on the screen. The format is used for thrillers such as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

The company is headed by CEO Moctesuma Esparza, producer of "Selena," the 1997 biopic that made Jennifer Lopez a star, and President and COO Frank Haffar, formerly with the Edwards chain.

Both leaders are "committed to presenting movies as they should be seen," Porricelli said.

Contact the writer: fbuck@pe.com or 951-368-9551

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