Paragon to Replace Cinébistro as Movie Theater at Fenton

Cary, NC — On Wednesday, January 27 the developers of Fenton announced Paragon Theaters as their incoming entertainment hub.

The upscale movie theater is set to open in 2022 and will feature “pod”-style seating, in-theater dining, an “Extreme Theater,” an outdoor screen and an indoor/outdoor bar.

Cinebistro Out, Paragon In

Paragon will take the place of the formerly announced Cinébistro at Fenton as one of the development’s anchor tenants.

Once the Fenton development team learned of Cinébistro’s parent company’s bankruptcy filing, they began conversations with other theaters that were “well-positioned” to open at Fenton before ultimately signing with Paragon.

“We have long envisioned a best-in-class movie theater as an anchor tenant at Fenton,” said Kenton McKeehan, Senior Managing Director of Retail at Hines, a real estate investment firm behind Fenton.

He added, “It was important to us to identify an operator with a bold vision for the future of moviegoing. We can’t wait to watch the latest flick kicked back in one of Paragon’s leather recliners with a cold drink and good company.”

Who are Paragon Theaters?

Paragon Theaters is owned by Paragon Entertainment Group, a Florida-based company founded in 2009. Paragon sites its goal as creating a true destination for its guests, where the “movie is a part of the overall experience.”

Paragon currently owns and manages eight theaters in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia.

A Look Inside the Design Plans

“During the shutdowns last year, we took time to consider the expectations of our guests post-pandemic and are rolling out new amenities at Fenton based on those discussions. We look forward to sharing more details as we get closer to opening,” said Mike Whalen, CEO of Paragon Theaters.

Indoor/Outdoor Bar, Outdoor Movie Screen

The lobby’s modern design at Paragon Fenton will house an indoor/outdoor 120-foot bar, fully accessible from the common plaza and complete with a grand-scale firepit and water feature. There will also be a 15-foot screen for outdoor movies or sporting event presentations.

Zero-Gravity Seating & In-Seat Dining

According to developers, the pod-style seating, configured as loveseats or singles, is similar to luxurious first-class flight suites.

The pods will electronically recline, utilizing a “zero-gravity,” ergonomic mechanism for maximum comfort and optimal screen-viewing position. Each loveseat will have privacy wings and individual retractable tables. Customers will be able to order freshly prepared food and beverages directly from their phones for in-seat dining.

Extreme Theater with Immersive Sound

The largest of the seven auditoriums will be a 200-seat Extreme Theater, complete with a 66-foot-wide screen, one of the largest in North Carolina. The massive screen will be an industry first, with the tilted screen set at a 15-degree angle to optimize the high-definition, laser projected image.

For immersive sound, the theater will feature Dolby Atmos, which surrounds you with sound from all directions, including above.

Other Retailers Coming to Fenton

Paragon joins a growing list of retailers and service brands set to open at Fenton. These include:

  • Wegmans
  • Arhaus
  • Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
  • Free People
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • LunchboxWax
  • Sephora
  • Zen Nail Bar
  • The Joint

Several acclaimed chefs and popular food and beverage concepts will also open at Fenton, including:

  • Colletta
  • M Sushi
  • Crawford Brothers
  • CRU Food & Wine Bar
  • Honeysuckle Gelato
  • Superica

Keep an Eye on Progress at Fenton

Located along I-40 and Cary Towne Boulevard, the first phase of Fenton will deliver approximately:

  • 345,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment space
  • 200,000 square feet of office space
  • A 175-key boutique hotel
  • The 357-unit luxury apartment community, The Canopy at Fenton.

Construction started at Fenton late last year, with buildings expected to soon go vertical. For more project updates, visit

Story by Ashley Kairis. Renderings and photos courtesy of Paragon Entertainment Group, Fenton and the Town of Cary.

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7 replies
  1. Mark Neill
    Mark Neill says:

    Even if CMX hadn’t been declaring bankruptcy, this makes more sense anyway. There’s a CMX 5 minutes down the road in Waverly Place.

    • Mark Neill
      Mark Neill says:

      That’s really a question for the non-franchise, locally-owned businesses to answer.

      Contact info for Columbia Development is all over the place. If there are local businesses interested in space here, they can easily reach out to start negotiations.

      Columbia can’t reach out to every single business in the greater RDU area to ask them if they’re interested in space that Columbia doesn’t already know the requirements of. Big developers work with large companies all the time, so they already know the needs of those sorts of businesses.

  2. Gary Brown
    Gary Brown says:

    Anyone know if Wegmans is really still in the plans, after all the planned housing in Cary Yards disappeared after the Epic purchase?

    Also, worth noting that Park West sure seems successful after apparently not allowing any any non-franchise, locally-owned tenants!

    • Mark Neill
      Mark Neill says:

      Wegmans is the primary development that’s been going on over there since the very beginning. It predated the concept of Cary Yards by…well over a year, I think.

      It’s still being built.

      • Mark Neill
        Mark Neill says:


        “Park West sure seems successful after apparently not allowing any any non-franchise, locally-owned tenants”

        Um…have you been to Park West lately?

        Target, Dress Barn, Rack Oom Shoes, Omega Sports, TJ Maxx, Bath and Body Works, Carters, Fantastic Sams, Petsmary, Buy Buy Baby, Ross.

        BW3, Panera, Pure Barre, Chipotle, GNC LiveWell, Chili’s, Smoothie King, GameStop, Omaha Steaks, Ruckus, Penn Station, Aveda, Massage Envy.

        Noodles, Sport Clips, Orange Theory, T-Mobile, Blaze Pizza, Michaels, Homegoods, Ulta, White House|Black Market, Zale’s, Soma, Chicos, Holl&Main, Fleet Feet, Ann Taylor Loft, Scout & Molly’s, Starbucks, Firebirds, Kilwin’s, Bad Daddy’s, and Which Wich.

        Every one of those are chains/franchises

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