MovieTowne was just a dream of Derek Chin’s back in 1999, but over 20 years, that dream has manifested into a thriving empire of movie theaters and entertainment venues. Derek’s dream of a high-quality space for family entertainment became a reality in November 2002 with the opening of the ten-screen MovieTowne Port of Spain.
Over the years, steady growth called for the opening of the Chaguanas location (8 screens); Tobago (4 screens); and San Fernando (9 screens). Having grown up in Guyana, Derek, now Chairman, set his eyes on turning MovieTowne into a regional brand by bringing it back to his homeland.
With four locations under its belt, the MovieTowne group knew it needed to up its game. A budget of $40 million was assigned to the mall + cinema project, and decisions were not being left to chance. The AVL installation experts at Streamline Systems were called in to work with the design team to create a mythical world where dragons would be featured in the theater’s lobby. Michael Pereira, Director of Streamline Systems, took charge of the project and spent weeks bouncing ideas & concepts around with designer Roger Myers, of Myers Design Services. Seeing the lobby, they knew if there was ever an opportunity to light a setting in far out colors, this was it!