Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand will open in the Arena District of Columbus in mid-January 2014 and marks the first Ohio location for SMG and its 15th location in the US. The SMG Arena Grand opening is a part of a continuing strategic expansion plan for the Dallas based exhibitor.
Formerly occupied by the Arena Grand Movie Theater, the existing location is undergoing a major conversion to the SMG concept including a full commercial kitchen, VIP stadium seating, and a two story bar and lounge addition. The new facility will feature Dolby audio, Christie projection systems and Masterimage Clarity 3D.
"Columbus is the perfect city for the movie grill concept and the Arena District presented an ideal location for SMG expansion plans. We can't wait to introduce ourselves to our new community. Alternate programming, outreach and special events will be a major focus alongside first-run movies because we appreciate that consumers today are looking for unique ways to get more from their entertainment experiences," said Brian Schultz, Studio Movie Grill CEO, founder and owner.
"We are thrilled to reopen the theatre as the Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand in the Arena District," said Nationwide Realty Investors president Brian J. Ellis. "The fully renovated theatre will greatly enhance the amenities we have in the District for our visitors and residents."
"You become a guest of SMG the moment you purchase your ticket. With 100 percent reserved seating, patrons can enjoy themselves both in the theater or lingering at the bar before or after their movie, and never feel hurried to get to their seat, providing a no-rush feeling. We invite the Columbus community to come and experience what sets us apart from our competition when we open our doors in the New Year," says Schultz, who has spent the last 20 years refining the in-theater dining concept.
Studio Movie Grill supports local initiatives through community outreach and will offer its SMG Special Needs Screenings for families raising children with special needs. These screenings offer first-run family movies free to children with special needs and their siblings.
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