Luxury movie theater to open at Tyrone Mall

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There hasn’t been a movie theater at Tyrone Square Mall in seven years, but that’s about to change in 2016. Cobb Theaters announced this week that it will open a 10-screen luxury theater at the mall.

The old AMC theater was located just outside the food court for years before being replaced, in part, by Old Navy several years ago. That theater was typical of most for the time – a snack bar with little more than popcorn, drinks and candy and small-ish theaters with comfortable, but not too comfortable seats.

The new theater will put that to shame. Inside the Cobb Theater set to go up in the northwest corner of the mall parking lot facing Tyrone Boulevard will be a restaurant with a full bar. Patrons can take their food and beverages into the theater with them.

The theaters themselves will have 3-D capabilities and “D-Box” seats. Here’s where it gets really cool. Imagine a mini-version of a ride simulator where a group of people sit in a moving box watching a short film that makes them feel like their flying or dodging bullets or even crashing into an asteroid. The tech-savvy seats aren’t quite that intense, but they are programmed to each individual movie to lift, lean, roll and vibrate with the film to give the viewer a truly interactive experience.

In addition to being interactive, he seats are also leather with footrests making them comfortable too. The 10-theater facility will house 1,200 stadium style seats making the theaters more open to movie-goers and less crammed than traditional theaters.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.