The Grove’s “movie theater of the future” opens Friday

The Grove’s “movie theater of the future” opens Friday

Setting it apart from standard or boutique theaters is both the two-story complex’s 85,000-square-foot size and the variety of entertainment options.

Twelve screening rooms within the theater are equipped with fully reclining seats. An upscale bistro restaurant features in-movie dining, a sushi bar and a full bar. Cycle Cinema blends spin classes led by an instructor “to movie-theater pounding music and cool visuals on the screen,” the press release states. The arcade – a staple feature at theaters for decades – is stepped up a notch at the Grove, with more than 40 gaming options. A Side Splitters Comedy Club will open on theater grounds and host nationally touring stand-up comics. Parents will be able to catch a movie while their children hang out at the supervised Kids Play Place. Also included is a stage for live acting performances, such as plays and musicals. This studio will be utilized for acting classes for children and adults, as well.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting everyday life, the Grove Theater, Bistro and Entertainment opens with safety at the forefront, according to the press release.

Safety features include automatic temperature checks at the entrance, UV light sanitation technology, fog machines to disinfect theaters between showings, hand sanitizer stations throughout the complex, a requirement for guests to wear face coverings, and limited capacity in theaters where seats are assigned checkerboard style to allow for social distancing.

The Grove Theater, Bistro and Entertainment will be open from 4-9:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Tickets can be reserved at


MGold Properties, based in Wesley Chapel, purchased the Grove for more than $60 million in September 2019>

The company also bought the Holiday Mall on U.S. Highway 19 in West Pasco for more than $8.5 million in August 2020 with plans to overhaul the property and breathe new life into the area.

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