Westfield Countryside mall plans a two-story, 60,000-square-foot addition anchored by a 12-screen Cobb Theater that would open in spring 2012. The addition, which would jut off the mall's southwest entrance, would include space for a restaurant and at least one retailer. "There is plenty of demand for a theater," said Tara Martin, regional marketing director for Westfield, which still needs development approval from the city of Clearwater. The project would be the only stadium-seating theater between Oldsmar and Pinellas Park and the fourth in Pinellas County. Outfitted with oversized rocking chair seating and tilt-up cup holder armrests, the 2,000-seat theater will not be one of Cobb's Cinebistros, which also offer in-theater table service dining and liquor. Westfield will maintain the current ratio of parking spaces to building size by reconfiguring existing lots. The mall's last theater closed in 2002 and was turned into a fitness center.
Westfield Countryside mall to open stadium-seating theater in 2012
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