The Michigan-based company will invest $4.4 million to renovate the 16-screen theater by early 2017. The new theater will show first-run movies and serve alcohol.

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MJR Digital Cinemas has negotiated a lease for the 16-screen Cinemark theater at Universal Shopping Center at 12 Mile and Dequindre in Warren.

Cinemark will close on Dec. 1 for a $4.4 million renovation to include new carpeting, tile, drapery and electronic recliners. The new facility will be renamed MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16 and will reopen in early 2017, according to a press release from MJR.

The revamped, 1194-capacity theater will show first-run films and will include a Studio Bar and a concession stand with the new Pepsi Spire soft drink dispenser. The Warren theater, which will have four auditoriums with the ability to show 3-D films, will have amenities similar to Michigan-based MJR’s nine other locations, including the Movie Rewards program, free refills on pop and popcorn, and state-of-the-art assistance for those with hearing or vision impairments.

The Cinemark theater is the longest-serving tenant of Universal Mall, which originally opened in 1965. It went through a $25 million redevelopment around 2009, transforming the site from an indoor mall to an outdoor shopping center.

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