Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Two entertainment complexes planned for I.F.'s south end

It looks like it's going to be fun, fun, fun on the south end of Idaho Falls, with Jackson Hole Junction and Snake River Landing breaking ground this year on luxury entertainment complexes.

Dallas-based ShowBiz Cinemas will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking on its new Idaho Falls location at Jackson Hole Junction Thursday, followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments and raffle prize drawings. The event is open to the public and press.

The plan is for the company's Idaho Falls Bowling, Movies and More! entertainment center to feature the following:
  • 14 boutique bowling lanes
  • a lane-side cafĂ© with expansive food and drink options
  • a cutting-edge modern arcade and redemption center
  • multiple party rooms for every occasion
  • a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails
  • an ultra-modern concessions area
  • eight state-of the art movie auditoriums, all with luxury electric recliner seating
  • an SDX, Superior Digital Experience, auditorium featuring 4K digital laser projection, immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound and a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screen measuring four stories tall and 70 feet wide
The company's policies feature advance reserved seating, a free Star Rewards loyalty program, free movie admission for law enforcement officers and firefighters, and a variety of discount options for the value-conscious entertainment seeker, including $5 movie ticket pricing all day each Tuesday, discount bowling days and $1 hot dogs all day, every day.

Thursday's events start at 3 p.m. with a welcome address inside the heated event tent, followed at 3:30 with remarks from ShowBiz Cinemas CEO Kevin Mitchell and Matt Morgan, Jackson Hole Junction managing partner. The reception will be from 4 to 5 p.m.

Jackson Hole Junction is located on the east side of I-15 Exit 116.

As all of this takes place, Ball Ventures and the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies are planning a March groundbreaking on the Megaplex Theatre at Snake River Landing, which they announced in December.

Plans include 38,000 square feet of new construction, 10 screens and 975 all-luxury leather recliners. The cinemas are equipped with state-of-the-art sound and image technology, with the largest screen spanning 80 feet in length. Each cinema will also contain a quiet room to allow new parents and children a refuge to enjoy their film.

With the new “no lines” concept, the lobby turns its focus from waiting in ticket sales lines to creating a luxury lounging environment that offers patrons gourmet food and beverage options. The new lobby experience will incorporate technology, variable seating options, lighting and refined materials to enhance the user experience.

“We are excited to enter the Idaho Falls market,” said Blake Andersen, president of Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres. “Our construction team is diligently working on plans to bring a world-class building that will complement our Megaplex commitment to providing our customers with the best movie-viewing experience available.”

The project is projected to be complete in early 2021. For renderings of the site and theatre, visit: https://lhm.canto.com/b/PEOCN.