Reading International unveils plans for a re-imagined Reading Cinemas at Cal Oaks Plaza

CULVER CITY – Reading International announced that its Reading Cinemas at Cal Oaks Plaza in Murrieta is in the final stages of a complete transformation. The re-imagined theater will be officially unveiled at a grand opening event in February 2018. The multimillion dollar makeover on the seventeen-screen complex will feature luxury recliner seating throughout, including in the two Titan Luxe premium auditoriums with immersive Dolby Atmos sound. All of the interior spaces have been refreshed to enhance the movie-going experience with a bright elegant lobby, bar and lounge, updated food and drink services and a reception desk replacing the box office outside. Spotlight, the company’s first in-theater, seat-side waiter service in the U.S., will offer a new craft food and drink menu in six of the auditoriums. Nine of the auditoriums, including both Titan Luxe and a limited food and drink menu, will be open to the community during construction beginning Friday, Dec. 22.

Reading Cinemas at Cal Oaks Plaza will offer exceptional comfort in each auditorium, allowing movie lovers to stretch out and truly focus on the film. Each plush, recliner seat features a sufficiently sized tray table, allowing everyone to indulge in the new menu with style and ease. Guests may conveniently reserve seats in advance online at, or download the new Reading Cinemas U.S. app on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Moviegoers will discover a cinematic experience featuring pristine presentation of Hollywood’s blockbusters with Titan Luxe. Each of the two Titan Luxe premium auditoriums will offer the ultimate comfort of luxury recliner seating and feature wall-to-wall movie screens accompanied by Dolby Atmos sound.

“Dolby Atmos is a powerful object-based audio system moving around 360 degrees with pinpoint accuracy to completely immerse movie lovers into the action and heighten the impact of the story,” John Sittig, Reading International’s director of projection and sound, said. “Dolby Atmos will simply create an unforgettable cinema experience.”

The February 2018 debut will include a freshly prepared food menu designed by Santos Loo, former Food Network food stylist and chef. Different menus throughout the day can be enjoyed before, during or after the film. An assorted selection of local and international wines, craft beers and cocktails curated by Ken Gillich, senior food and beverage director for Reading Cinemas, will complement Loo’s menu. Handmade sweet treats will be offered as well, perfectly paired with gourmet coffee and tea from Intelligentsia, one of the finest coffee roasters in the U.S.

Also in February 2018, for the first time in the U.S., Reading International will launch Spotlight, an in-theater, seat-side waiter service in six auditoriums, each comprised of 35 luxury recliner seats. Spotlight guests are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes prior the movie and will be escorted to their seats by a Spotlight waiter who will take their order and deliver the food and drinks just before the film begins. Each Spotlight auditorium, providing an intimate state-of-the-art cinematic experience, is the perfect venue for exclusive group bookings for employee outings, book clubs, church groups, client appreciation, area sports teams, extended families and friends’ night out. Group reservations can be made at the theater or online.

The newly renovated Reading Cinemas will serve as a venue for the community to experience a range of programs specially tailored for film lovers. “The Greatest Films of All Time,” hosted by John Sittig, a noted film historian, 50-year industry veteran and local area resident, is a classic film series based on a survey of 1,500 film scholars, critics and industry leaders naming the 100 greatest films of all time. Throughout the year, a variety of genres and titles will include: “The Sound Of Music” – family, “Shane” – western, “Singin’ in the Rain” – musical, “The Deer Hunter” – wartime, “Double Indemity” – film noir and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – blockbuster. Each movie presentation will be introduced with Sittig’s insider perspective on the film. For the younger crowd, a Generation Z movie series will be programmed strictly through social media.

In addition to the well-appointed auditoriums providing elegance for moviegoers, with customizable lighting and sound options and a range of digital formats, all auditoriums are ideal for private events including impactful corporate presentations, film festivals or intimate screenings. Private rentals may be arranged online or directly with dedicated events managers of Reading Cinemas.

Reading Cinemas opened nine auditoriums, including the two Titan Luxe auditoriums, Dec. 22, all offering the new luxury recliner seating. Traditional concession will be available during construction. Every day before the official unveiling of the full concept in February 2018, Reading Cinemas will give each ticketholder a free popcorn of any size.

“We’re excited to welcome our guests into our newly renovated auditoriums, even though our full cinema transformation is not complete,” Terri Moore, Reading International’s vice president of operations, said. “During this transitional period, my message to our guests is ‘Pardon our dust. The popcorn’s on us!’”

To celebrate the February 2018 debut of the re-imagined Reading Cinemas, movie enthusiasts are encouraged to get social for a chance to win free movies for a year by posting a photo showcasing their love of cinema @ReadingCalOaks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and include the hashtag  #ReadingCalOaksMoviesAllYear. The contest runs through March 31. The photo with the most likes on a single post will win.

Reading Cinemas at Cal Oaks Plaza is located at 41090 California Oaks Road in Murrieta. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @ReadingCalOaks.

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