Look Dine-in Cinemas is taking over the Studio Movie Grill in Redlands.
The Dallas-based chain plans to reopen the 14-screen multiplex at Eureka Street and Oriental Avenue next month, according to Annette Weis, founder of the Redlands Cinema Classic Foreign Film Series. The chain has agreed to continue the series starting with the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and Thursday, Sept. 30.
George Krikorian built the complex in 1997. He had plans to add six more screens and tear down the Mutual Orange Distributors Packinghouse for more parking. He also planned a Sprouts Market and other businesses on the east side of Eureka Street. None of that happened.
Studio Movie Grill took over the theater in September 2017. It shut down operations on March 17, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company, also based in Dallas, filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 25 and announced the closure of the Redlands theater would be permanent, according to cinematreasures.org.
Harkin Theaters in the Mountain Grove Plaza reopened in April.
Preservations convinced the Redlands City Council to block the demolition of the packinghouse. In May 2019, Arteco Partner, Pomona-based company that has restored more than 25 historic buildings throughout Southern California, closed escrow on the property. It plans to fill the new Redlands Public Market with at least a dozen restaurants.
Meanwhile, Property One, a development company associated with Jack Dangermond and Esri, has transformed the Eureka Street entrance to the city. It is renovating the historic Santa Fe Depot, which will be a major stop for the new Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which is expected to start rolling next year.
Property One built the Sprouts and other shops in phase 1 of the Packing House District west of Eureka Street in 2017.
Phase II is nearly complete. Two major restaurants, J. Riley Distillery and Restaurant and the Escape Craft Brewery, have opened along Oriental Avenue across from the theater.
Property One also is constructing a three-story parking garage with 384 spaces along Stuart Avenue on the north side of the theater’s parking. It will have room for offices and restaurants, as will another building to the east.
Look Dine-in Cinemas lists theaters in Dallas, Downey, Monrovia, Glendale, Northwest Highway, Texas, and Redlands — all “coming soon,” according to lookcinemas.com.
The Redlands Cinema Classic program began in 1999 as a fundraiser for the Margaret Clark Art Education Enrichment Fund of the Redlands Art Association. Net proceeds benefit art education programs in Redlands schools by providing art teachers and supplies.