A South Korean movie theater chain will take up residency in downtown Flushing in 2018.
The chain, CJ CGV, will bring a seven-auditorium theater with 4D capabilities to the incoming mixed-use development between 37th Avenue, Prince Street, 39th Avenue and College Point Boulevard known as Tangram. It will be the first movie theater to open in downtown Flushing in the more than 30 years since the historic RKO Keith’s Theater closed in 1986.
The theater promises to be the first 4DX location in Queens and will offer the first ScreenX auditorium in New York City. The 4D capabilities sync movies with seat vibrations and wind and rain simulations, while ScreenX provides a 270-degree panoramic theater experience.
The theater will highlight both American and Asian films. It is expected to open in the third quarter of 2018, along with the rest of Tangram’s retail component, which is expected to include fashion brands, restaurants, a culinary food hall and more.
“As we continue to expand worldwide, our presence in the United States is essential,” said Paul Richardson, the chief operating officer of CJ CGV. “When we discovered the opportunity to be an integral part of Tangram, we knew being in this economically vibrant and evolving neighborhood was where our first East Coast movie theater had to be.”
Tangram is a 1.2-million–square-foot development spearheaded by the F&T Group and SCG America. In addition to the retail component, the development will offer residential, office and hotel space.