Sundance adding 14 screens

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CANNES -- The Sundance Cinemas are on the move. The fledgling art house circuit said Thursday that it is adding an eight-screen theater in Chicago to its growing chain of film centers. This week the venture also said that it has entered into an agreement for a site in Denver.

The Chicago theater complex will be located at the West Loop Promenade on West Jackson at Aberdeen. The movie theater will anchor the new West Loop retail complex. Sundance Cinemas is targeted to open in spring 2009. IBT Group is developing the project.

In Denver, Sundance developer Joseph Freed and Associates have entered into an agreement for a six-screen theater at Metropolitan Gardens, a large mixed-use transit-oriented development just south of downtown Denver.

Denver's Sundance Cinemas is slated to open in spring 2010 and will anchor a mixed-use neighborhood on the site of the former Gates Rubber Factory.

Cherokee Denver Llc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cherokee Investment Partners, is the site owner; Joseph Freed and Associates Llc. will be the developer for the project.

The first Sundance Cinemas, a six-screen theater, opened May 11 in Madison, Wisc. In San Francisco, the eight-screen Sundance Cinemas Kabuki is undergoing a complete renovation to include all stadium seating, bars, bistros and Sundance Gallery retail. The unveiling is set for the summer.

Sundance Cinemas will program films that encompass independent, world and documentary features. The facilities will feature all-stadium seating, bars and bistros, Sundance Gallery retail and preshow programming with shorts and features from the Sundance Channel.

Based in Los Angeles, Sundance Cinemas is building a multiple-facility national theater circuit. It unites Robert Redford's Sundance brand with the specialized theater management team of Paul Richardson and Bert Manzari.
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