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Special to the Daily/CinebistroThe Cinebistro, planned for Solaris in Vail Village, has loveseat-style stadium seating. About 70 seats are planned for each of three theaters in the Vail complex.
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VAIL, Colorado ” After a four-year absence, movie theaters will make a posh return to Vail.

The new Solaris building in Vail will have a “boutique” cinema ” with three theaters ” that will serve food, beer and wine to moviegoers, developer Peter Knobel says.

And the food will not be your standard popcorn-and-Twizzlers fare ” the menu includes items such as “crab salad with mango, avocado, grilled asparagus and hearts of palm” and “yellowtail snapper a la margarita sauteed with tequila and lime.”

The food will be whisked to your seat by waiters before the opening credits appear. The Cinebistro-brand theater is expected to open in the summer of 2010.

“We always wanted to do something that’s very unique and done to a high standard, like the rest of the building,” said Craig Cohn, director of sales and leasing for Solaris. “Partnering with these guys gives us the opportunity to do something unique.”

Cinebistro is part of a burgeoning chain that has a theater in Miami and is opening others in Florida and Georgia. Cinebistro is part of Birmingham, Ala.-based Cobb Theatres.

Each of the three Vail theaters will seat about 70 people in loveseat-style, stadium-seating leather chairs, said Jeremy Welman, chief operating officer of Cinebistro.

“This is a place where you can go not only to see a movie, but to enjoy a nice meal, a cocktail or a glass of wine, sit in a reserved chair and watch a movie with other adults,” Welman said.

At night, the movies will be for ages 21 and older only, Welman said.

Leading up to a townwide vote on the project in 2006, proponents of the Solaris projects had touted it as a place that would provide activities for families.

Cohn said the daily movie schedule and age limits are ultimately up to Cinebistro, not Solaris, but that young people will have plenty of chances to see movies, from midday to evening.

“They have agreed that by showing more showings every day, they can accommodate the over-21 crowd and the under-21 crowd through the course of the business day,” Cohn said.

Admission for the will be more expensive than the normal theater. At the Miami Cinebistro, it costs $17 for a weekend ticket and $15 for a weeknight ticket, Welman said, adding that you can reserve your seat in advance online.

The Vail theater ” which will have new, digital-projection technology ” will show the “top three” movies in the country, Welman said.

Plans include an adjoining restaurant and bar, plus a concession stand with the standard movie popcorn, candy and soda.

Cohn said the theater will attract visitors as well as locals.

“No other ski town has anything like this,” he said.

Knobel is building Solaris on the site of the old Crossroads building in Vail Village, just west of the village parking structure. The once-controversial development was approved by a townwide vote in July 2006. The 100-foot-tall building will have 77 condos, 18-20 stores, a 10-lane bowling alley with a restaurant, two other restaurants and a public plaza with an ice rink or water fountains, depending on the season.

Vail has been without a movie theater since the spring of 2007, when the Cascade Theater closed to make way for condos and the Crossroads Cinema came down with the aging Crossroads complex.

Sean Cross, co-director of the annual Vail Film Festival, said, while he hadn’t heard of Cinebistro before, it sounded like a good concept.

“The experience sounds good, and hopefully we can utilize that for the festival,” he said.

Cross said he was pleased to see movie theaters coming back to Vail.

“If the film festival is any kind of signal, people definitely love movies in Vail, and it’s no fun to have to drive out of town to go see a movie,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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