Westfield Countryside Plans New 12-Theater Cinema In Clearwater

Clearwater's Westfield Countryside shopping center is getting a new movie theater. An agreement has been reached between city officials, representatives of Cobb Theatres and the Westfield Group that pushes forward plans to build a 12-auditorium, 2,000-seat venue on the Westfield property located at 27001 U.S. Hwy. 19 N. The estimated completion date is the spring of 2012.

Pending further city approvals, construction on Countryside Cobb 12 is scheduled to begin in 2011. The facility will feature stadium seating; state-of-the-art digital projection with 3D capabilities; Dolby surround sound; curved floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall screens; fast-food concession stands and convenient ticket kiosks. The theaters also will provide rear-window captioning for hearing impaired patrons and descriptive video for visually impaired guests.

A theater once sat behind the current shopping center, which was then known as the Countryside Mall. The building that housed the old theater has since transformed into a Lifestyle Family Fitness facility. According to Westfield Regional Marketing Director Tara Martin, the new theater will sit on the southwest corner of the Westfield Countryside shopping center campus and follows a $12 million revitalization that includes a remodeled food court, upgraded escalators and increased seating areas.

"The addition of Cobb Countryside 12, coming on the heels of our recent revitalization, underscores our commitment to continually reinvest in our centers and give shoppers the most sought after options available," says Martin.

Westfield Countryside features four major department stores: Macy's, Dillard's, Sears and JCPenney, as well as other popular brands such as Chico's, Gap, Zales and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Soure: Tara Martin, Westfield Group
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