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Upscale cinema in Baltimore hiring 100 workers ahead of grand opening

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

CinéBistro, a high-end cinema opening in Baltimore later this quarter, will put a classy touch on the dinner-and-a-movie concept and is hiring 100 people to make that concept a reality at The Rotunda in the city’s Hampden neighborhood.

While popcorn and sodas are still on the menu, CinéBistro is going after a clientele with a more refined palate, offering steaks, wine and cheesecake with their films.

CinéBistro is one of several businesses that is part of the $100 million renovation of The Rotunda, a former insurance office-turned-indoor mall in Hampden . The building’s renovation also includes a luxury apartment development, MOM’s Organic Market and RiteAid. CinéBistro will take the place of Rotunda Cinemas, which was a fixture in Hampden for many years.

(Cinebistro rendering)

(Cinebistro rendering)

The 33,000 square-foot cinema complex will feature seven theaters, including three 3D screens with 70 to 100 seats per theater. The venue will cater to visitors age 21 and over with its beer, wine and cocktails and offer American Bistro-style cuisine made with fresh ingredients on-site, said Derik Farrar, general manager of CinéBistro’s Baltimore location.

“We operate our kitchen the same way as fine-dining steak houses,” said Farrar.

The upscale venue will give guests the option of enjoying a meal without the movie and vice versa. Traditional movie concessions such as popcorn will be sold at the theater. People will also be able to eat and drink in a lounge and bar area that can accommodate 60 guests, before and after the movie.

The cinema will show first-run movies as well as some art and independent films. Aside from movies, CinéBistro will broadcast live events and encores, such as performances from the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan. With seven theaters at the venue, which is smaller than the average multiplex, CinéBistro will try to circulate its offerings, Farrar said.

While ticket prices have not been set for the Baltimore theater, CineBistro’s Richmond, Virginia, location charges $15.75 for an evening show and $13.50 for a matinee, which runs up until 3:59 p.m. Baltimore’s pricing is likely to be on par with Richmond’s, Farrar said.

CinéBistro is hiring 100 positions for the Baltimore venue, including kitchen staff,  concierges, who serve as both movie theater ushers and restaurant hosts, and professional servers and bartenders who have experience in high-end establishments. Culinary staff are not required to have formal degrees but the typical candidate usually has culinary experience or some formal education, Farrar said. The company is holding on-site interviews until Jan. 9 at its hiring office at The Rotunda.

Adam Bednar contributed to this article.


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