A huge downtown Flushing development will bring the neighborhood the latest in cutting-edge cinema experiences next year.
A 1.2-million-square-foot, mixed-use development called Tangram — located at 133-15 39th Ave. between College Point Boulevard and Prince Street — includes plans for a 34,000-square-foot movie theater by CGV Cinemas. The project will be delivered in multiple stages and the first stage, which includes the multiplex, is expected to be completed in late 2018.
CJ CGV — a South Korea multiplex cinema chain with 412 locations worldwide — has leased the space, which will feature seven total screens. The multiplex will bring “the best in Hollywood and Asian films together,” according to a press release.
The Flushing space will also feature the first “ScreenX” auditorium in New York City. The special auditorium enhances the viewer’s experience by extending the screen visuals to the left and right for a 270-degree panoramic view.
It will also be home to the first “4DX” theater location in Queens, which allows the audience to connect with films through motion vibration and environmental effects.
“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,” said Paul Richardson, COO of CJ CGV. “Tangram offers all the essentials of first-class entertainment that will now include CJ CGV’s next generation of storytelling. We’re excited to be a part of this forward-thinking, robust destination.”
Billed as the “new epicenter of downtown Flushing,” the Tangram development is slated to feature 317 residences, 275,000 gross square feet of retail, themed restaurants, a food hall, beer garden, entertainment options and office space.
The site is being co-developed by F&T Group and SCG America. New York-based Margulies Hoelzli Architecture designed the entire project and BHDM is charged with designing retail interiors.
“Tangram is an amazing testament to the quality of our product and to the evolution of the neighborhood,” F&T Group Executive Vice President Helen Lee said. “The benefits and convenience of this urban-style living will attract people who want to be a part of the future of Flushing.”
The site of the new Tangram development was formerly home to Flushing Mall until it was demolished in 2015. The neighborhood’s last movie theater was the historic RKO Keith’s at 135-35 Northern Blvd., which closed over three decades ago. The space was recently purchased by a real estate developer for $66 million and will be turned into luxury condominiums.
For more information, visit Tangram’s website.