New Henderson movie theater will sell alcohol, have reclining seats

Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre is scheduled to open March 8 in Green Valley Town Center on East Sunset Road. Workers were still preparing the site as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

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Las Vegas Valley moviegoers will get a dash of luxury — and alcohol — next month when a new high-end movie theater opens in Henderson.

The eight-screen Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatre is scheduled to open March 8 in Green Valley Town Center on East Sunset Road. The multiplex will serve wine and draft beer, and all of its seats will be reclining with powered footrests.

“It's a different experience,” said Rafe Cohen, Galaxy Theatres co-owner and president.

The screening rooms range in size from 60 seats to a couple of hundred seats and have wider rows to accommodate the big chairs. Tickets will have standard pricing, about $10. Every seat in the theater is assigned, like at a baseball game or a concert.

The theater is in the same location as a former eight-screen United Artist cineplex that closed about eight years ago. Galaxy Theatres, based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., is spending $4 million to renovate the long-vacant space, Cohen said.

The theater is east of Green Valley Parkway in Green Valley Town Center, a retail hub owned by American Nevada Co. The Greenspun family owns American Nevada, as well as VEGAS INC and the Las Vegas Sun. The center’s current anchor tenant is the 21,500-square-foot Barley’s Casino and Brewing Co.

Galaxy’s theater could bring a much-needed boost of foot traffic and tenants to the 70-acre shopping center. As of August, the 117,900-square-foot center had at least 57,000 square feet of empty space.

An Asian buffet is joining the center, and other prospective tenants have shown interest, said Charles Van Geel, vice president of leasing and sales for American Nevada.

“It’s an important step in the revitalization of the center,” he said.

At least one other movie theater in the valley serves alcohol: the 18-screen Rave Motion Pictures at Town Square.

But AMC Theatres recently bought that cinema and is in the process of rebranding it, Town Square Marketing Director Jaime Mapes said. He could not confirm if the theater would continue serving alcohol.

A spokesperson for Kansas City, Mo.-based AMC Entertainment Holdings, which was acquired last year for $2.6 billion by Chinese entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co., did not return a call for comment.

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