Cary, N.C. — Lotus Cinemas, an international and independent film theater, is set to open on March 25 at Parkside Town Commons in Cary, about 18 miles from Durham. The theater, which is the brainchild of Paragon Theaters’ co-CEOs Michael Whalen and Michael Wilson, will be exclusively dedicated to niche films by up-and-coming and award-winning foreign and domestic cinematographers. Lotus Cinemas will include four newly renovated auditoriums with reclining seats, a concession area and a new dedicated entrance. Each auditorium will feature zero-gravity recliners, reserved seating, wall-to-wall screens and Dolby surround sound. Lotus Cinemas will be partnering with global film studios, producers, directors and cinematographers to bring their movie content to the Triangle area. The theatre will also be working with local organizations, like the Raleigh Film Festival, to promote these films on a local basis. Lotus Cinemas is a subsidiary of Paragon Theaters, which opened at Parkside Town Commons in December 2021. Paragon Theaters is located adjacent to the Lotus Cinemas.