There’s been a recent push lately to help further the Loop’s reputation as being a night and weekend destination for both local Chicago residents and tourists alike, and earlier this week, another step in the right direction has been made. As first reported by the Chicago Tribune, it seems Block 37 has signed a lease with AMC Theatres that will bring a unique, 11-screen dine-in movie theatre concept to the State Street Mall, which should help draw shoppers to the mall’s long-vacant upper levels.
Scheduled to open sometime in 2016, the new theatre will inhabit 44,000 square feet on the mall’s top floor, and will also feature AMC’s signature MacGuffin’s Bar and Lounge in the main lobby. In addition, this will be Chicago’s first AMC theatre location to offer the “Cinema Suites” experience, which features power recliners with individual tables for drinking and dining, all run by a push button that summons the theatre’s serving staff.
In total, the State Street Mall has five individual levels, and until recently, has struggled mightily to find tenants to occupy the upper floors. Along with the new AMC theatre however, a 22,000 square-foot Latin-themed food court called Latinicity is also set to make its debut on the third floor this coming spring. According to the Tribune’s report though, Block 37’s vacancy rate is still at around 63%, but with the arrival of the new food court, as well as the new movie theatre, mall owners hope to fill the remaining storefronts sooner rather than later, and ultimately transform this somewhat subdued retail space into a bustling shopping district full of energy.
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