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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NOVA CINEMAS - VIP & iMAX Movie THEATERs at Avenida Escazu Mall - Costa Rica

(updated June 23, 2015)
In December 2009, Repretel (owners of Channel 6 and 11 - Repretel.com) opened:


For MY taste and body, the Nova Cinemas is BY FAR THE BEST movie theater in Costa Rica!!!  #1 because of the VIP Theatre (more on that later) but #2 - because ALL their seats are some of the MOST COMFORTABLE CHAIRS I've found in a movie theatre in Costa Rica!!  

They also have Costa Rica’s first (and only) iMax theater / movie theatre / movie screen with a 6-channel digital sound system!!!

(WHAT THE HECK IS AN IMAX SCREEN??:

AND - you can order your tickets ONLINE - so you don't have to go a separate time & wait in line or get sold out!
To do that, just go into the link below under "Current Schedule" • Click on the movie • then at the bottom, click on the day and time you want (it looks like you can only do it 2 days in advance) and follow the instructions.  IMPORTANT - make sure that whomevers credit card you use is there to pick up the tickets along with their official id (cedula or passport)

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CURRENT SCHEDULE
(click on the "Imprimir el horario de los eventos" in the top right corner)

THE THEATRES
(Ticket Window)

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iMAX THEATRE (1)
As well as being 3 times the size of a traditional movie theater (21 mts. wide x 12 mts. high - 69' wide x 39' high).  This theatre also has 3D and regular 35mm.  
CAPACITY:  276 people
COST: 6,500-c (for EVERYONE [NO Wednesday discounts])

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VIP THEATREs (2) and VIP LOUNGE
MY FAVS!!!! What an EXPERIENCE!! Recently opened, this cozy theatre is a REAL VIP EXPERIENCE!!!!  They have REAL Leather RECLINERS, Recliner LoveSeats (for 2!!) with digital electric controls, plus a few 4 person regular leather couches!! Waiters come around and serve you Sushi, Panninis, Wraps, Nachos, Pizza and other tasty treats as well along with a bar with wine, beer, scotch, vodka, rum served in their VIP LOUNGE which is tres chic!! (you pay extra of course for those!)!! They even have WiFi!!  35mm only.
CAPACITY:  VIP #1 - 46 people. VIP #2 - 52 people
COST: 7,000-c (for EVERYONE [NO Wednesday discounts])

Sanita, Diane (all sprawled out getting comfy) and Brenda (with Ruth and Simon up at the top in the Love Seat Recliners) at  "Sex in the City 2"!!

VIP LOUNGE
(part of our group in the VIP Lounge after "Sex in the City 2" [notice our COOL Shoes most of us have on!!!].  That's me in the middle in the turquoise and purple!!).  

(this was the Mango Chicken Wrap and Cosmopolitan the waiter brought me to my MEGA COMFY Leather RECLINER Chair DURING  "Sex in the City 2"!!  Now THIS IS THE LIFE!!
[notice the sexy shoes we had on in honor of the movie's shoe fetish!]!)

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3D and 2D DIGITAL THEATREs (2)
CAPACITY:  Sala #2 (Orange) - 159 people.  Sala #3 (Yellow) - 255 people.  Sala #4 (Purple) - 257 people
COST: Adults-4,100-c. Kids and Seniors-3,700-c (NO Wednesday discounts)

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REGULAR 35mm THEATRES (2)
CAPACITY:  Sala #1 (Red) - 139 people.
COST: Adults-3,400-c. Kids and Seniors-3,100-c 

WEDNESDAY DISCOUNT

2,400-c
(ONLY in the Regular Theatre - #1)


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In total, these 7 theaters that seat 1,184 peopleMORE PICTURES:
SarongGoddess.com/Travel/NovaCinemaVIPiMaxTheatreEscazu

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BIG  "NOVA SPORTS BAR"
August 10, 2010 Repretel opened
2-299-7492-reservations) 
that services theatre and non-theatre goers!  

It's located to the LEFT of the iMax Theatre and out the back of the VIP Theatre.
FOOD:
The restaurant has "Bar Foods" like Fried Calamari, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Spinach/Artichoke Dip, Loaded Potato Skins, Chicken Wings, Bbq Grilled Sticky-Oriental Wings, Chicken Nachos, Mozzarella Sticks, Chicken Tenders.  As well as healthier options like Salads - Caesar, Cobb, Honey-Crisp Chicken or Sesame Chicken Salad.  Soups, Burgers, Pizza, Sandwiches, Wraps, Pasta and Entrees like a Honey Balsamic Grilled Tenderloin, Grilled Salmon, Roasted Chicken, Fish and Chips and Argentinian Churrasco, Baby Back Pork Ribs
DESSERTS•SWEETS
are such yummies as Macadamia Fudge Brownie, Green Apple-Caramel Cheesecake, Nutella-Almond Nanina Cotta, Caramel-Orange Custard, Sorbet or Banana Split Flambee!!!!


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LOCATION:

NOVA CINEMAS is located in the most Southern Building near the open parking lot in the
AVENIDA ESCAZU MALL

For more information on Avenida Escazu Mall check out:

The main building (home to Nova Cinemas) has a Food Court with:
Cafe de la Torre  (HOURS:  Mon.-Fri. 7am-7pm, Sat. 9am-4pm  /  Facebook.com/pages/Cafe-de-la-Torre/75487883344  /  CafeDeLaTorreCR.com  /  2-208-8124)

Gen•Ki Sushi and Deli  (HOURS: 11:40am-9:30pm  /  GenkiSushiCR.com  /  2-228-1710)  -  Japanese and Sushi

il Padrino Pizzeria (HOURS:  11am-9:30pm / 2-288-6057 / IlPadrinoCR.com/foodcourt/menu/index.html).  EXPRESS/Delivery.  Food Court

KafeHaus  (HOURS:  8:30am-8pm  /  2-289-4010)  

La Divina Comida  (HOURS: ? / 2-208-8899 / LaDivinaComidaCostaRica@gmail.com)  -  Fusion Peruana

La Gelateria (HOURS:  11am-7pm [I also saw Mon.-Thurs. noon-11pm, Fri. and Sat. noon-mid. and Sun. noon-10pm]  /  2-289-7929)  -  Gelato!!!  This is the same one as in Plaza Itzkazu which I hear from MANY that they make THE BEST Gelato in Costa Rica!!!  Food Court

La Tetera ??

M and M store.  Food Court

McDonald’s  (HOURS:  11am-9pm  /  Facebook.com/McDonaldsCostaRica  / McDonalds.co.cr  /  2-228-2731).  Food Court

MeKong (MekongAsiaFusion.com  / 2-208-8998).  Asian Fusion.  $$$$$ but I hear really positive things about it.

Nova Sports Bar and Restaurant (Facebook.com/NovaRestaurante  /  NovaCinemas.cr/restaurante-y-sports-bar.php  / 2-299-7492).  Upstairs to the left of the iMax theatre

Popeye's (HOURS:  11am-7pm  /  Facebook.com/PopeyesCostaRica  /  PopeyesCostaRica.com  /  2-288-3545)  -  Southern Fried Chicken.  Food Court

Subway  (HOURS:  10am-9pm  /  SubwayCostaRica.com  /  2-290-9494-EXPRESS/Delivery  /  2-520-1650).  Sandwiches.  EXPRESS.  Food Court

Taco Bell  (HOURS:  10am-9pm  /  2-217-2723  /  Facebook.com/TacoBellCR  /  TacoBell.co.cr)  -  Fast-Food Mexican.  Food Court


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RESTAURANTS IN AVENIDA ESCAZU
(but not in the food court)


L'ile de France  (HOURS:  Mon.-Sat. noon-11pm, Sun. noon-5pm  /  Facebook.com/LileDeFrance  /  LileDeFrance.cr)  -  Marriot Residence Inn

Product C  (HOURS:  Tues.-Sun. 11am-11pm - closed Mon. /  Product-C.com  /  2-288-5570 / 2-288-5593) - same seafood company as in Santa Ana (but more $$$$$) and Malpais

Saga  (HOURS:  Mon.-Sat. noon-11pm, Sun. noon-6pm  /  SagaRestaurant.com  /  2-289-6615) - I've ONLY heard INCREDIBLY POSITIVE things about Saga (ESPECIALLY their DESSERTS!!).  Reservations HIGHLY suggested.  $$$$$

Starbucks
STORES
They also have an Apple/Mac Authorized store (WAYYY FASTER to get things fixed here than iCon)
iOne Apple Store
Escazu (2-588-2592)
PLEASE tell them Vicki with Living Life in CR blog Connected you!
Tamarindo  (2-653-2400)
Alajuela  (2-430-2000)



And in the area is the new Residence Inn by Marriott.

In time, Avenida Escazu plans to have 12 buildings total made up of offices, medical offices and in time, even a 50 room/5-star boutique hotel!


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LOCATION:
NOVA CINEMAS is located in one of the buildings in:
AVENIDA ESCAZU MALL


DIRECTIONS:
Nova Cinema is located one block East of CIMA Hospital•Medical Center.

If you’re coming from the AutoPista del Sol/Caldera Highway, get off at: 
Coming from San Jose:  
Go through the Toll Booth and get off at the first exit going straight.  You'll pass Fischel Farmacia, a bunch of businesses (including Jazz Cafe-West), Plaza Itzkazu (home to Outback and Hooters generic restaurants and a BUNCH of other businesses).  Go UNDER the overpass and where you come out - veer Left.  Pass Office Depot, PriceSmart, CIMA Hospital's 3 buildings and turn RIGHT into the street after CIMA and you're there!!  For Nova Cinema's and Food Court+ 

Coming from Santa Ana:
 Get off at the exit after MultiPlaza/that overpass (if you pass the Toll Plaza, you've gone too far). As you get off you veer to the left, passing Office Depot, PriceSmart, CIMA Hospital and the street after that is Avenida Escazu!
PARKING:  
Go straight down to the end and either park in the open lot on your Left - or go to your Right to the underground (PAID) parking (I'd bet most restaurants validate - I doubt the movie theatre).


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