New movie theater plans to replace Flix Brewhouse in Chandler

CHANDLER, AZ – Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler closed permanently. Though, another movie theater already has plans to open its venue.

Matthew Bayzer, chief operating officer of Texas-based Flix Brewhouse, said in a statement Wednesday to ABC15.

The movie theater opened in 2018 on Overstreet in Chandler, near Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, and houses a small brewery, a large kitchen, and a number of theater halls.

Like most movie theaters and other businesses, Flix Brewhouse has been closed for most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened briefly last fall with cases settled and restrictions eased, but was closed again weeks later, citing “ongoing issues with Covid-19, government regulations and a lack of compelling film content.”

Soon, Flix Brewhouse closed all of its theaters nationwide, many of which remain closed. At least one theater in Madison, Wisconsin, has reopened in recent weeks, and another in El Paso, Texas, is preparing to reopen, according to local media reports.

Look Cinemas, a small chain of dining cinemas primarily in California, and one location in Texas, is set to take over the space in Chandler, marking its first location in the greater Phoenix market.

Details of when Look Cinemas plans to open have not been announced.

The PR firm representing Look Cinemas acknowledged Chandler’s location Wednesday night, but no additional information was immediately available.

“LOOK is a cinema for dinner from the team that created it. Expect continuous movies, great food, and cocktails in an immersive environment,” reads a page on the theater’s website. “Order a charcuterie board, sushi, or fancy shake stacked with the delicious stuff.”

According to an online listing, the theater will serve classic movie theater snacks, such as popcorn, candy, and soda, but will also have more basic options, such as charcuterie bars, garlic bread, potato chips, and dips, as well as sushi rolls, sandwiches, wraps, salads, wings, pizza, and Wide Mac and Cheese. .

For those with a sweet tooth, the menu also included some traditional shakes, as well as a range of “luxury shakes,” including peach cobbler, Nutter Butter, and Oreo. At this point, it is not known what items, if any, will be part of the Chandler website’s menu.

It is the latest change to the movie house in the valley. Quite a few movie theaters in the valley have closed or rebranded during the pandemic.

Studio Movie Grill has permanently closed its theater in Sonora Village in Scottsdale. Florida-based Touchstar Cinemas plans to open there, though an opening date has not been announced.

The Alamo Drafthouse renamed its Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe theaters to Majestic Theaters after local franchisees filed for bankruptcy, citing the pandemic, and eventually reached an agreement with the Alamo Partial Roads Company.

Harkins announced that it will close 16 North Valley Theater near 32nd Street and Beale Road by the end of the year, citing the economic costs of renovating that theater. Harkins has expressed plans to open a new theater in the area, but details have not been announced.

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