Cinema Cafe to open dine-in movie theatre in Chester, VA

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Cinema Cafe announced plans to open a new location in Chester, Virginia, on the outskirts of Richmond. The complex, located off Route 301 in the Bermuda Crossing Shopping Center, is slated to break ground this fall for an opening in 2019.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring our newest theatre to the city of Chester,” said John Walker, CEO.  “After visiting the area over the last year and meeting the friendly people of Chester and Chesterfield County, I know this will be a great match. I’m always a bit nervous about expanding and finding the right location, but with the help of Chesterfield’s Economic Development Department in finding the location, we are looking forward to becoming a member of this community.”

The new Cinema Cafe Chester location will boast nine full-service auditoriums with handcrafted American favorites like burgers and pizza; beer, wine and cocktails; and other movie must-haves like popcorn and candy all served at movie seats by a wait staff.  Auditoriums will showcase wall-to-wall digital screens, Dolby digital sound, leather recliner seating with swivel tables and extra-wide space between rows. One auditorium will be premium large format. Total capacity will be 1,400 seats.

The freestanding establishment will also feature a bar and lounge located in the lobby, with 20 different beers on tap and signature cocktails.

Cinema Cafe was named “Best Movie Theater” and “Best Family Entertainment” in The Virginian-Pilot’s “Best Of 2018.”

This will be Cinema Cafe’s sixth location in Virginia and is much larger than the original Virginia Beach twin-plex that John and Debbie Walker opened 32 years ago.