Anaheim Garden Walk Mall is a multi-level urban entertainment venue located directly adjacent to the east gate of Disneyland and California Adventure Theme Parks. Though not a Disney property, the Mall is envisioned as having a synergistic relationship with this national destination. Garden Walk features three levels of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment tenants ranging from a fitness center to a bowling alley to WLC’s design for the new 14-screen CinemaFusion movie theater, the newest property operated by The Movie Experience theater operator.
CinemaFusion is a trendsetting development. The building’s 14 all-stadium screens feature a variety of presentation styles ranging from an IMAX auditorium, to mainstream cinema, to art-house-ready smaller screens complete with reclining leather seating and built-in cup holders.
The building layout is highlighted by two distinct lobbies. The mainstream cinema lobby is the more traditional environment although the interior architecture is decidedly less brash than most conventional cinemas. The use of a modern color and material palette reinforces this point. The art-house lobby adjoins the Sky Lobby Lounge and features a spectacular view of the Disneyland fireworks every night over Matterhorn Mountain. The art-house lobby can be operated as an adult-only environment with a liquor license that can cater to corporate affairs.
The exterior entry comes alive at night with two large video boards that are wired for sound above the front doors. The Movie Experience uses the video boards to feature movie previews and advertisements for coming events. The surrounding integrated light show is backlit behind perforated metal and flanks either side of the boards.
WLC served as the technical architect for the design/build delivery team with Berry Construction. The County of San Bernardino served as the client for this 85-acre development. With over 10,000 fixed seats and the lawn capacity to expand seating to over 30,000 spectators, the Pavilion is one of the largest outdoor concert venues in the United States and has played host to a wide variety of headline performers representing all musical genres.
The Pavilion includes over 40,000 sf of buildings including freestanding structures for restrooms, ticket booths, concessions stands, and the main stage building complete with dressing rooms and technical stage support services. A technically advanced lighting, sound, and video projection system enhances the spectator experience. Video towers in the middle of the seating bowl bring the performance up close for spectators in the lawn seating area.
The project was delivered on an extreme fast-track model with the entire design, approval, and construction timeline consuming less than 9 months! To make the schedule even more challenging, the 40-acre bowl had to be cut into a natural hillside during the southern California rainy season. And if that was not enough, the project was constructed in an open public park that served as the home of the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire, a medieval experience whose tents, horses and jousting tournaments created an extraordinary challenge for the heavy steel and masonry Pavilion construction activity just on the other side of the fence.