21 May 2010

Architectural panels from Veritas liven up commercial interior designs

Last November, I wrote a post about a new movie theater concept that had just opened in Tampa. I fell for the interior design at first and as beautiful as they are, it's the concept of the theater that keeps me coming back. Cinebistro is a movie theater for adults. It has a full bar, a full menu and white linen table service. I won't see a movie anywhere else.

It's a great idea and the interiors of the place really set the tone. The theater in Tampa is a picture of contemporary eclecticism and every time I go back I find more cool stuff to notice and admire. Getting any information about who designed it and who supplied all the finishes in the lobby particularly has eluded me until now.

All of that changed when I heard from a company called Veritas™ Architectural Solutions this week and Veritas™ makes resin architectural panels and they happen to be the hallmark of the movie theater lobby I'm so enamored with. It's a small world.

Veritas™ architectural panels, called ResinArt™, come in a huge variety of stock sizes, patterns and colors. What makes them really unique is that they have a custom program and you can design your own panels on their website. They've made the process wonderfully simple and you can order a sample of your original design right there.

The panels come in six thicknesses, 1/16", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2". And their end uses seem to be limited only by the designers who specify them.

The images I'm showing here are the lobby of my beloved Cinebistro in Tampa, but I can see these Veritas™ ResinArt™ panels used as shower doors, room dividers, ceiling panels, interior windows, privacy screens... the mind reels. Check out Veritas™ ResinArt™ architectural panels on their website and be sure to look through their photo gallery.


  1. Lush, provocative, stimulating. Cool stuff - I can see how your mind would reel with potential. The ability of a vertical texture or surficial effect to change the whole aspect of a space is transformative. Resin can assume many disguises, or should I say faces; it can stand on its own, not just faux...So simple, but so powerful. There is no excuse for flat, plain monotony. Live a little!

  2. Wow. I have loved the movies all my life. Back in the days when a body could go to the movies without taking out a loan, I used to go quite frequently. Nowadays, of course, it is all DVDs, but my wife and I still go to movie theaters at Academy Award time to see the nominees. The modern multiplexes have really robbed us of the mystique of attending a movie at one of those art deco popcorn palaces. I have very fond memories of the movie theater (long since torn down and replaced by, you guessed it, a multiplex) in my home town of Helena, Montana and also a movie theater I attended while stationed in Germany in the 1960s.

    But this movie theater! Wow. I know I’m repeating myself, but looking at the pictures you’ve posted here, I found myself babbling a bit. I think it’s a hell of a concept, and I was especially impressed with (1) the materials they used and (2) the use to which they put those materials. It’s a dynamite concept, and I wish we had one in San Diego.

  3. Rich: I can see a cool medley of resin panels and artisanal concrete...

    Joseph: Did you follow the link to cinebistro? It's quite a concept and it will end up in California. The one here opened up in our defunct arthouse theater. I remember mourning the loss of the arthouse until Cinebistro took it's place.

  4. Livening up commercial spaces is putting it mildly. Very impressive! -Brenda-

  5. You're back! It hasn't been the same without you Brenda, I hope you had a good travelling season and it's good to see you showing up in my comments again.


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