Yorkville theater set to open in time for ‘Hunger Games’ sequel
By Steve Lord email@example.com November 3, 2013 10:32PM
The new NCG Cinemas Theater in Yorkville.
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:16AM
YORKVILLE — Residents here have been hungry for first-run movies in town ever since the former Countryside Theater closed.
So it’s fitting the grand opening of the new NCG Yorkville Cinemas will be Nov. 21 for the first run of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Advance tickets are on sale for the movie at the NCG website, www.ncg
movies.com/yorkville, and officials said the company will host a free open house in the building on Nov. 20.
Jeff Geiger, NCG Cinemas president, said the theater will run three or four older movies at the open house. There will be free popcorn and free soft drinks, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the NCG website.
The 10-screen theater began construction in March on almost the exact site of the old Countryside theater. The 38,500-square-foot theater will include a giant screen called Xtreme for 3D presentations and Dolby Atmos sound, according to the company’s website.
City officials are hoping the theater will be the beginning of redevelopment of the former Countryside Shopping Center site. The shopping center was torn down in 2005 to be redeveloped, but the economy killed plans by a previous developer.