Las Vegas looks to gain three new movie theaters in 2018

Maya Cinemas will bring 14 screens to North Las Vegas.

Las Vegans currently have 25 theater facilities in the Valley at which to watch movies. That number looks to grow by three in 2018—two of them previously announced, and one now confirmed by its host property.

The latter cineplex is Regal Cinemas’ latest entry in both the Vegas market and Station Casinos, whose Palace Station has long been the lone holdout in the theater department. No longer—Red Rock Resorts spokesperson Lori Nelson confirms that the original Station property will feature “a boutique nine-screen movieplex ... as part of our company’s $191 million reinvestment to completely modernize this property.” The new theater will boast premium amenities such as reclining seats and food and beverages served to patrons at their seats, much like Regal’s Downtown Summerlin 5 and the very-nearby Eclipse Theaters in Downtown.

But Regal Palace Station, set to open by the end of next year, won’t be Eclipse’s only high-end competitor. Construction on another center-Valley cineplex has begun at Boulevard Mall: Galaxy Theatres’ third local Luxury+ establishment, where moviegoers will be able to select their reclining seats ahead of arrival and purchase beer and wine. The project won’t meet its original goal of opening in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however. While messages left with Galaxy went unreturned, and the Boulevard declined to reveal the new targeted opening over the phone, the mall recently told a commenter on its Facebook page that the theater would open sometime during “the first half of next year.”

Finally, two underserved populations—North Las Vegas and Spanish-speaking moviegoers—will benefit from Maya Cinemas’ first local theater, which broke ground in early November across from the Silver Nugget casino and North Las Vegas City Hall. Set to open in 2018’s fourth quarter, the 14-screen movie house will anchor a 22-acre entertainment center geared toward the predominantly Latino neighborhood—a business model Maya has established with its other regional cineplexes.

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