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ORLANDO-After months of delays, the city’s first multi-screen movie theater has opened in the central business district. The Plaza Cinema Cafe 12 is rolling film reels despite liens and lawsuits for the rest of the project at Church Street and Orange Avenue.

Beverly Hills, CA-based RP Realty Partners bought the retail section of the Plaza and hired CB Richard Ellis to lease the second-floor theater and remaining ground-floor retail spaces. CBRE senior associate Bobby Palta and first vice president Wood Belcher secured the theater tenant in April 2008 and executed the lease in August. RP Realty secured financing through the City of Orlando and began construction in February of this year.

The 57,000-square-foot theater is being operated by Las Vegas, NV-based American Theatre Corp. and includes two larger screens with digital high-definition projection systems that can show 3-D movies. More than 1,100 leather rocker seats are available, along with concessions ranging from candy and popcorn to caviar and champagne.

“The response has been overwhelming. This is truly a first class theater located in the heart of Downtown Orlando,” Palta says, adding that the Plaza Cinema Cafe 12 will be an entertainment destination for visitors as well as local residents and workers. Movie ticket prices range from $4.50 for matinees to $9.50 for evening shows.

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