“Waco’s economy is dynamic and every type of business has as much of a chance for success here as anywhere in the country,” said Mayor Dillon Meek, commenting on Cinemark’s persistence and Topgolf’s choice of include Waco.
“I have had the privilege of visiting Topgolf several times, and every time I have been there it was almost packed,” Meek said. “For the record, this reflects the enthusiasm and enjoyment of this convenience by our community.”
Waco Topgolf features 30 air-conditioned hitting bays, a miniature golf course, restaurant and bar, large-screen TVs, fire pits and picnic tables.
Steve Alvis, co-founder of NewQuest and its managing partner, said in a press release that Cinemark fits perfectly into the group’s vision for Cottonwood Creek Market, which may include a housing component. A NewQuest sitemap shows several acres under contract and designated as multi-family dwellings.
“The Cinemark Cinema will be the anchor of our Entertainment Wing, which will feature an exciting collection of restaurants and retail in a beautifully landscaped environment,” Alvis said in the press release.
Cinemark will join two other multi-screen theaters showing first-run films in Waco, the others being the AMC Galaxy 16 and the Regal Jewel.
A promotional flyer circulated early in the development of Cottonwood Creek Market by NewQuest showed that the 14-room theater had 1,115 seats. But Cinemark’s McCartha on Thursday did not address the seat count, saying the company would share more information in the coming weeks.