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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA-AMC Theatres will become the fourth of five anchors at the 1.3-million-sf Victoria Gardens, an open-air shopping center being developed by Forest City Enterprises Inc. of Cleveland and Upland-based Lewis Investment Co.

AMC plans a 16-screen megaplex in the theater entertainment district of the center, including what the developers describe as “plush, wide LoveSeat-style seating” with cup-holder armrests and all-digital sound. Brian Jones, president of Forest City California, notes the theaters will be part of an entertainment mix at the development that will include live productions in the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center as well as art shows, night club acts and comedy club performances.

AMC joins Macy’s and Robinson’s-May, each two-level, 180,000-sf stores, and the 65,000-sf Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center and Library as anchors of Victoria Gardens, whose developers say they will announce a fifth anchor soon. The project, which is designed as a main street and new downtown in Rancho Cucamonga, will include more than 100 retailers.

Victoria Gardens is a $200-million project now under development on a 147-acre site at the northwest corner of Interstate 15 and Foothill Boulevard. In addition to the shopping center, which is scheduled to open in October 2004, the Victoria Gardens project will include a 20-acre apartment site. The shopping center also will include a mixture of stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues plus professional offices, civic and cultural services, according to Randall Lewis of Lewis Investment Co.

Forest City Enterprises Inc. is a publicly held owner and developer of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Forest City owns and manages three California malls: The Promenade in Temecula in Temecula, Galleria at South Bay in Redondo Beach, and Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale.

Lewis Investment Co. is part of the Lewis group of companies and is one of the largest community developers in California and Nevada. In addition to its joint venture with Forest City, Lewis is actively pursuing several other retail and large-scale residential projects in the City of Rancho Cucamonga and other areas of the Inland Empire.

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