A rendering of the lobby and bar, Courtesy Cobb Theatres/Hillman PR

The Rotunda development taking shape on the northern side of Hampden (or the southern side of Roland Park, depending on your views) is unlike anything else in the neighborhood. Soon, it’ll have its own movie theater that is unlike any other theater in the city.

The 33,000-square-foot “CinéBistro” of Baltimore has been in the works for nearly three years, since developer Hekemian & Co. revealed it had signed a lease to open a location for the luxury theater chain at The Rotunda. Today, CinéBistro’s parent company, Alabama-based Cobb Theatres, announced the dine-in movie destination is planning to open in early 2017.

The company provided some details:

  • The building will sport seven theaters in total, each with between 70 and 100 comfy leather seats, and 557 seats in total.
  • Each seat will have a swiveling table where guests can dine or place their drinks.
  • CinéBistro will have also a full bar and lounge and an outdoor patio.
  • Guests who arrive for their movie 30 minutes early will be met by full-service waiter staff.
  • Regular movie-watchers don’t have to order food.
  • The menu will include drinks, salads, sandwiches, entrees and other specials.
  • The entire theater is 21+ only, and guests will need to show ID.
  • Regular concessions (candy, popcorn, hopefuly Icee’s) will be available for purchase.
The real-life CinéBistro under construction in December 2016.

The cinema-restaurant-bar hybrid is is targeting a spring 2017 opening, with no specific date just yet. In preparation for the opening, Cobb Theatres is hiring for 100 positions, including concierges, bussers, runners, servers, bartenders and kitchen staff with experience.

In an email, general manager Derik Farrar wrote that the business is hiring for both full- and part-time positions, and said they “look to fill all positions with the best suited candidates that accommodate a variety of availabilities.” Those seeking work can apply here or show up in-person at the hiring office at the Rotunda or at their ongoing job fair there from Jan. 5-9, 2017.

With its many theaters, plush seats, bar and dine-in service, CinéBistro is a far cry from the old nearby Rotunda Cinema, which shut down in summer 2015. However, it’s sure to draw crowds and serve as an anchor for the yet-unfilled shopping center.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

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