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Fashion Island Unveils State-Of-The-Art Island Cinema

The Irvine Company today announced the grand opening of the all new Island Cinema at Fashion Island on Dec. 16, 2011, bringing a state-of-the-art theater complex and premier movie-going experience to the heart of Newport Beach.

The seven-screen theater complex, The Island Cinema, has been created with a spacious lobby and a classic look that reflects Fashion Island’s Italianate architecture. The theater complex’s auditoriums feature stadium seating, oversized comfortable seats and extra-wide arm rests, wider aisles and generous legroom. Reservation seating will be available.

The Island Cinema will offer a unique in-theater dining opportunity including tasty sandwiches, specialty pizzas, quiches, vegetarian spring rolls, pastries and more. Specialty coffee, premium beer, champagne and wine service will also be served.

“We are excited to unveil a truly spectacular theater complex for the holiday movie season,” said Dan Sheridan, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “We are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for shopping, dining and entertainment, and this beautiful new theater will be the perfect addition to Fashion Island for locals and visitors alike.”

The Island Cinema’s grand opening will be celebrated with two preview charity benefits. On Dec. 13, 2011, the Newport Beach Film Festival will hold a special movie screening benefiting the annual film festival held in the city each spring. On Dec. 14, 2011, Fashion Island and ocean conservation nonprofit Oceana will present an “Evening at the Cinema” featuring martinis, a movie and restaurant tastings from Roy’s, Island Hotel Newport Beach, Café Beau Soleil, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory and Daily Grill.

For ticket information to the grand opening parties, please visit http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/2012/ and http://na.oceana.org/.

The Island Cinema, located near Nordstrom on the Island Terrace, seats 670 movie-goers in seven theaters. The auditoriums have a sleek, modern, comfortable design to best showcase movies. Visitors will enjoy state-of-the-art Sony 4K projection, which offers resolution four times as vivid as the best high-definition televisions. Four of the theaters can show movies in RealD 3-D, the most widely used 3-D movie technology offering stunningly realistic and immersive entertainment.

Movie presentations at The Island Cinema will be commercial free. Seating will be reserved, like at many plays, concerts and sporting events. Seat locations can be requested from a seating map when buying tickets via the Internet, at the box office or through a Theater Concierge at The Island Cinema.

The Theater Concierge also can assist with dining reservations at Fashion Island restaurants.

Irvine Company, which owns Fashion Island and the theaters, has contracted with Regal Entertainment Group to manage The Island Cinema.
More than 40 stores and restaurants have opened at Fashion Island since early 2010, including a full-line Nordstrom department store, a first ever Ella Moss store, a relocated Apple Store that’s the largest in Orange County, the first West Coast store of Vineyard Vines, Great Maple restaurant, 5 Guys Burgers & Fries and the first West Coast location of Sbarro’s new Italian concept restaurant.

Others, including many West Coast premiers and Orange County exclusives, include:

• Drybar
• Brandy Melville
• Subway
• Hana Grill
• Carrol Boyes
• The Newport Colony Company
• Stone Oven
• Vince
• Jack Spade
• Sperry Top-Sider
• Francesca’s Collections
• Quiksilver Waterman Collection
• Athleta
• Earnest Sewn
• Roberto Coin for Traditional Jewelers
• Le Pain Quotidien
• Uno de 50
• Happy Nails & Spa
• Casey’s Cupcakes
• True Food Kitchen
• Great Maple
• Kitson
• Rebecca Taylor
• Tesla
• Lush (opening in December)

In fall 2012, Whole Foods Market is set to open at Fashion Island. The organic and natural grocer will occupy approximately 32,000 square feet of retail space, bringing a pleasantly atypical grocery shopping experience to Fashion Island.

Combining great food with outstanding customer service, Whole Foods Market features a fresh and enticing selection of natural foods, free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. Whole Foods Market offers shoppers the highest quality, best-tasting and freshest foods in an inviting setting that is uniquely designed to meet the needs of the neighborhoods.

A complimentary trolley service launched at Fashion Island in August 2011 and has been well-received by guests as a way to get around the retail center, go back and forth from their vehicles or just to ride for fun. Two trolleys, reminiscent of San Francisco’s classic cable cars, each seat up to 12 people and operate during most business hours.

Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a wide assortment of restaurants and cafes. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.

About the Irvine Company

Founded in 1864, the Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties, and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated to Orange County more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County—50,000 acres—to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.