Jordan Commons official grand opening is Nov. 1
Deseret News, 22 September 1999, Page B4
The Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons, scheduled to open scheduled to open
1 November 1999, cost $107 million - at least 30 percent more expensive
than similar theaters. The 46,000-square-foot Mayan restaurant was 75
days behind on its construction schedule and twice as expensive as
planned. The 8-acre site also includes a 10-story office building and 4
independently managed restaurants. The west entrance was designed to
look like the front of Jordan High School, the building that was
demolished to make way for the project. The lobby, which cost 6 to 10
million dollars, is 90 feet wide from north to south and was designed
to look like Salt Lake City's Main Street, circa 1870. Concessions
include pizza, ice cream, a juice bar, pretzels and gourmet coffee.
"It's a gamble by pure economic standards," ower Larry H. Miller said.
"I've seen how it doesn't make sense on paper right now. But it will
make money. I know it will. At least I don't have to worry about it
being replicated. No one else is stupid enough to do this . . . I've
been warned that I've overbuilt this. I mean, this is so much more than
a ticket lobby. It's a little city."