The west side mall continues to circle the drain as west-siders lose a theater and east-siders are left wondering if theirs will ever materialize.

The Cinemark Movie Bistro is done. Sunland Park Mall has been steadily losing merchants and businesses for quite some time now and the theater is just the latest occupant to leave the mall which first opened in 1988. A Sunland Park Mall representative told KFOX tv that they are already in talks with others to fill the theaters' space but, did not indicate whether the business interested in moving in was another theater, a retail outlet, restaurant or other.

Cinemark had planned to open a second movie bistro on the east side near I-10 and Eastlake but, due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, those plans are now on hold.  The theater/bistro was to have anchored a new shopping center at I-10 and Eastlake but, with all the craziness and economic damage caused by COVID - 19, there is no telling what may now come of the theater or even the shopping center itself

Cinemark West and XD in El Paso has all kinds of new safety protocols in place just as, I'm sure, their east side location in the Las Palmas Shopping Center does. Theaters in Texas were allowed to reopen back in May by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, under the condition that they limit themselves to 25% of the theaters' normal capacity and that they follow stringent cleaning guidelines. Not all chose to reopen though, with many taking a "wait and see" approach to resuming even limited operations.

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