MCA said Monday that it has found a new partner in Plitt Theatres for construction of an ambitious movie theater complex at Universal City, the entertainment conglomerate's 420-acre headquarters.
The project was first announced 14 months ago as an $8-million undertaking with Mann Theatres of California, but the two companies scrapped their joint venture in October.
The new plans call for a more lavish complex than initially envisioned by Mann. Instead of a 10- to 12-screen complex with 5,000 seats, Plitt will operate 17 screens with 5,600 seats. MCA and Plitt officials say it will be "the world's largest theater complex," with construction costs estimated at $10 million. The theaters are expected to open in June, 1987.
Plitt, the nation's fourth-largest motion picture theater chain, was acquired last month by a partnership headed by Cineplex Odeon Corp. of Toronto, which operates the successful 14-screen complex at the Beverly Center shopping complex, with 1,246 seats.