Development is underway for a 450,000+ square foot “multi experiential retail destination” (aka a shopping center) in Buena Park. Dubbed, “The Source”, the center will be located at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Beach Boulevard, adjacent to both the 5 and 91 freeways. Of particular interest, this high end retail and entertainment complex is also promoting the inclusion of a 1,200 seat movie theatre.
While no operator has been named for the theatre, thus far, the pending center will present direct competition for the city’s last attempt at revitalization; the decade old and mostly vacant, Buena Park Downtown, and, its’ lone draw, the Krikorian Metroplex 18 movie theatre. Whether the new center/theatre will be a hit or merely another struggling “retail destination” remains to be seen, but any further dilution of the area’s movie going audience has to be bad news for the, already under performing, Metroplex 18.
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