Is Harkins Opening A Multi-Entertainment Facility At Chandler Fashion Center?

The Chandler Fashion Center houses the Harkins Theater Chandler Fashion 20. The theater has 20 screens and provides a child play area in the foyer, stadium seating, and an expanded snack bar. At the Chandler Fashion Center Mall, Harkins intends to develop a multi-entertainment facility. This is due to plans to establish a multi-entertainment concept at Chandler Fashion Center mall that recently revealed in records submitted to the City of Chandler by the Scottsdale-based movie theater business.

What Is Harkins Planning?

It was previously known that Harkins planned to construct an “entertainment concept” in the former Sears building on the mall’s top level. But more precise information about the proposal wasn’t available. According to a site plan and artist representations submitted to the planning division of the City of Chandler in February, Harkins intends to open the “Harkins Backlot,” a 64,000-square-foot entertainment concept. A laser tag arena, bowling, duckpin bowling, a retro arcade and redemption area, and sports simulators are all indicated on the plans for the location. It will also have a bar, restaurant, dining area, party rooms, and an outside patio with backyard-style games like “giant cup pong,” according to the site plan and artist illustrations.

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When Will Multi-Entertainment Open At Chandler Fashion Mall?

It is unknown whether or when building will begin or, if at all, when Harkins Backlot would open. The actual project still needs to go through city approval procedures. As part of a $150 million initiative, Harkins has recently remodeled a number of its theaters throughout Arizona. In Laveen, close to 59th Avenue and Baseline Road, Harkins declared a 12-screen movie theater would open there in 2020. That theater has not yet set a date for its debut. The latest attraction to open at the Chandler mall would be Harkins Backlot. Kids may manufacture their own crayons, play with wax art, and color at the Crayola Experience, which debuted in 2019 close to the mall’s food court. The mall also houses a Harkins movie theater, the escape room experience Escape The Room, and the gaming club PLAYlive Nation.