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AMC Cupertino Closes Today

AMC Theatres (NYSE:AMC) and Sand Hill Property Company announced that AMC Cupertino Square 16 will close at the end of business on March 22, 2018.

“AMC continues to invest in its theatres and in delivering the best possible movie-going experience to our guests, however, after a thorough evaluation of AMC Cupertino Square 16 and the mall’s status, we determined further investment in this location was not feasible,” said Dan Ellis, Senior Vice President, Domestic Development, AMC. “We reached an agreement with Sand Hill to close this theatre, and we look forward to opening our AMC Sunnyvale Town Center theatre in 2019. In the meantime we invite our guests to join us at AMC Saratoga 14, AMC Eastridge Mall 15, and AMC Mercado 20.”

Sand Hill and AMC have also agreed for AMC to return to Vallco under a new lease with a state-of-the-art theater to anchor Sand Hill’s proposed mixed-use town center project, conditioned upon City approval of a viable redevelopment plan at Vallco by the end of 2018. In October 2017, Sand Hill submitted a letter to the City of Cupertino requesting to restart this approval process for Vallco’s redevelopment.

“We are hopeful that AMC can return to Cupertino with a state-of-the-art theatre and have executed an agreement with Sand Hill to return should plans for a new Vallco be approved this year,” continued Ellis.

“For many years, AMC has been an important part of Cupertino and a very popular community destination. Because of this, our proposals for revitalization of the mall property have always been centered on the retention and modernization of AMC in a way that would make it an even better community asset while allowing their business to remain competitive in a changing marketplace,” said Reed Moulds, Managing Director at Sand Hill Property Company. “Given the continued uncertainty in Cupertino, we understand the business decision they’ve made and recognize Sunnyvale might offer a more stable solution right now. We however worked very hard to negotiate a commitment from AMC to return to Vallco if our planning effort results in the City’s timely approval of a viable project, by year end 2018.”

The AMC movie theater had opened on April 2007 at Cupertino Square with a noon ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang.  AMC Cupertino Square 16 will close at the end of business on March 22, 2018 leaving behind disappointed moviegoers. The mall’s remaining tenants — restaurants Benihana and Dynasty, an ice rink, fitness center Bay Club, and Bowlmor, a bowling alley and arcade will be impacted by the reduced footfall.

Ritu Marwah is the Features Editor at India Currents and has written on the history of Vallco mall. Read Hills of Cupertino Are Alive With the Sound of Dissension 




Indian flag hoisted at Cupertino City Hall

On Aug 15, 2017, the City of Cupertino in conjunction with the Cupertino-Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative hosted a first-ever ceremony in honor of India’s Independence Day. This included a flag hoisting ceremony at Cupertino city hall.

The Consul General of India Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, along with his entire delegation raised the Indian flag into the sky in the courtyard of Cupertino city hall. It twirled in the wind alongside the flags of the United States and California. Afterward, the audience sang the national anthems of both countries – the Star-Spangled Banner and Jana Gana Mana in unison with high school performers.

The first female Indian-American mayor of Cupertino Savita Vaidyanathan offered her personal perspective:

“As a Hindu-American coming into this country and then becoming an immigrant here and a citizen here, this is a remarkable day for me. A momentous occasion for me as the Mayor of Cupertino to raise the Indian tri-color in my city and to have the support of this wonderful Cupertino community as well as all the elected officials. It is just so heartwarming to stand under the Stars and the Stripes and the Indian tri-color together. It represents everything about the Cupertino community: we are very diverse, very strong together, and we all have strong sentiments and love for the community.”

Co-Founder and Chair of the Cupertino-Bhubaneswar sister city initiative Veena Rao agreed, stating, “we are very happy that Cupertino is welcoming diversity in such a great way.”

The ceremony concluded after several dignitaries expressed praise for Cupertino’s diversity and progress. This included mayors of neighboring cities like Los Gatos, Campbell, and Saratoga along with Assembly member Kansen Chu, and elected officials and representatives from cultural organizations. 

As the Indian flag danced in the air, and members of the Indian community shared in their excitement and pride for their home country, I agreed as well.