OXFORD – Malco Oxford Commons Cinema will open Friday.
The long-closed complex will offer eight theaters as well as an amphitheater (“The Amp”) for outdoor concerts and movie screenings.
The theater will anchor the Oxford Commons at Highway 7 and Sisk Avenue. The 500-acre development also includes the Oxford Conference Center, Della Davidson Elementary School, Wendy’s Hamburgers and Hampton Inn.
Under construction are TownePlace Suites and the new Oxford High School, and plans for several proposed residential developments are in progress.
Memphis-based Malco has remodeled the theater with a lobby bar, all new luxury seating and upgrades to its digital sound and projection systems. The full-service grill will offer what the company terms a “date-worthy dining experience” along with traditional movie snacks.
With a doubling of its screens in Oxford, Malco plans to bring more documentaries, foreign and independent movies to the town.
“In the past, our ability to bring in more of these kinds of films has been limited by our screen count,” said Jimmy Tashie, executive vice president of theater operations. “We believe Oxford will support a broader range of films and our plan is to bring them in, subject to availability, on a regular basis.”
The opening slate of films includes this week’s new releases of “Captain Phillips” and “Machete Kills,” along with indy features “Parkland,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Rush,” “Grace Unplugged,” “The Way, Way Back” and “Enough Said.”
Malco will build a modern bowling center with miniature golf and a laser tag maze on the same site, with opening targeted for next spring.
Malco Oxford Studio Cinema will remain in operation with its traditional offerings of first-run films.