Theatre Box : San Diego, California

Downtown San Diego gains a new entertainment wonderland this week with the premiere of Theatre Box, which combines a luxury movie theatre with nine bars and six food venues spread across the two story, 73,000-square-foot space. The multi-million dollar transformation of the city block, formerly Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, is a partnership between Hollywood’s historic TCL Chinese Theatre and Sugar Factory, which runs glitzy eateries around the globe.

It debuts today, with a celebrity-powered grand opening scheduled for Friday, December 14, when Grammy award-winning artist Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be honored as part of the theater’s iconic “hand and footprint ceremony” and actor, comedian, and San Diego native Nick Cannon will perform a DJ set.

The lobby is a sweet tooth’s paradise, holding a gelato bar and all-day cafe serving coffee drinks and fresh pastries as well as a retail space stocked with a whopping 450 types of confections and candy. Decorated with photos of TV and music personalities, including many Kardashians, the entryway also includes a daiquiri bar and sidewalk patio. more …