Cinemark 14 movie theater takes center stage at new shopping center in Jacksonville

Cinemark 14, a state-of-the-art movie theater is center stage at Atlantic North shopping center under construction in the Intracoastal West area.

“The vast majority of the structural work has been completed and we are now beginning to put finishes in place. We currently expect the contractor will complete construction in mid-August,” Chanda Brashears, vice president, investor relations and corporate communications at Cinemark Theatres, recently told the Times-Union.

The theater will be the third for Cinemark in Jacksonville, joining the 12-screen Cinemark Durbin Park and XD which opened in February 2020 at 435 Durbin Pavilion Drive, and Cinemark Tinseltown and XD at 4535 Southside Blvd., which opened in June 1998 and has been upgraded over the years.

Brashears said Cinemark doesn’t disclose the cost of its theaters but “it typically averages $500,000 to $1 million per screen depending on the location and amenities.”

“But we are very excited to provide moviegoers in Jacksonville a premium out-of-home entertainment experience with the best amenities and overall movie-watching experience,” she said.

Cinemark Holdings Inc. announced the Atlantic North project in March 2019, planning for a Summer 2020 opening, but the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted those plans.

Each Cinemark 14 auditorium will be equipped with advanced technology as well as customer-preferred amenities. Among them: luxury loungers, which are electric-powered, plush oversize recliners with footrests and cup holders; reserved seating with online and kiosk ticketing; wall-to-wall screens; and enhanced sound systems and 4K digital projection powered by projectors with RealD 3D capability.

Atlantic North 2019

Cinemark will be the centerpiece of Atlantic North shopping center by developer Sleiman Enterprises at the northwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard near Kernan Boulevard.

Construction is about halfway done on the shopping center. Completed are 13 retail stores and restaurants already open, Samantha Ashcraft, marketing director, for Sleiman Enterprises of Jacksonville, which is the developer.  

In addition to Cinemark, Scrubbles Express Wash is under construction, and a Whataburger soon will begin construction, Ashcraft said.

Cinemark 14 in Jacksonville

  • Address: 11567 Atlantic Blvd.
  • Projected completion: Mid-August
  • Estimated cost: City building permits for the theater totaled roughly $12 million as of May 2021. The initial building permit estimated the project cost at $8.74 million.
  • Theater complex size: 55,663 square feet with 515 parking spaces
  • Occupancy: Up to 1,717 people, building permit shows 
  • Contractor: J. Raymond Construction
Construction in March 2021

LA Fitness, Panda Express and more at Atlantic North shopping center

  • Address: 11567 Atlantic Blvd.
  • Total side size: 170 acres
  • Projected completion: Unavailable
  • Estimated cost: Unavailable
  • Businesses currently open: Belk, Academy Sports and Outdoors, LA Fitness, 7-Eleven, MedExpress, Venetian Nail Spa, Great Clips, The Baker’s Son, Another Broken Egg, Fancy Sushi, Verizon Wireless, Panda Express and RaceTrac
  • New tenants not yet open:Whataburger and Scrubbles Express Wash

News article written by Teresa Stepzinsky with Florida Times-Union, click here to view.