Jan. 22, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
Regal Cinemas will be opening a 34,000 square foot multiplex in downtown Flushing by the end of the year.
The theater operator will be taking space within the massive Tangram development, a 1.2-million-square foot project that is nearing completion at 133-15 39th Ave.
Regal has signed a 20-year lease with developers F&T Group and SCG America to operate Tangram’s seven screen theater. This will be Regal’s first location to feature 4DX technology, which provides moviegoers with features such as motion vibrations and other special effects.
The movie complex represents the first new cinema to open in Flushing in 30 years and will also be the only one in Queens offering 4DX technology. The cinema was originally going to be operated by South Korea-based CJ CGV. However, the company and the developers parted ways.
“Regal came to us as a qualified cinema operator with brand recognition,” said Richard Siu of F&T Group. “They completely understand the future of Flushing – its energy, draw and potential.”
The theater will be a small component of the massive Tangram development, which will occupy a full block with frontage on 37th Avenue, Prince Street, 39th Avenue and College Point Boulevard.
The development includes 324 luxury residences (in two towers), a 12-story building with 48 office condos, and a 208 room, four-star hotel.
The development will also include 275,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor that includes a food hall, beer garden, themed restaurants, and high fashion shopping locations.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2020.