Cinemark USA Inc. will bring a 108,000-square-foot, 24-screen Tinseltown theater to the planned Jordan Landing project here, a developer said Monday.

Mark Isaac, project manager for California-based engineering and consulting firm Psomas and Associates, said Cinemark agreed last week to take on the site."It's going to be one of the larger theaters in the nation," Isaac said. "It's just a positive start to the site when you land a big tenant like that as your first player."

He said the theater complex will drive other development at Jordan Landing, a proposed 400-acre pro-ject between 6200 and 7800 South west of Bangerter Highway that also may include homes, apartments, a business and research park, retail stores, restaurants and a hotel.

Developers will start construction on the mall site in August or September and the building pad has to be ready for Cinemark in January, Isaac said. The theater is scheduled to open in September 1999.

The 24 theaters will feature stadium seating, he said. They will include a total of 5,600 seats.

Dallas-based Cinemark is the fifth-largest motion picture exhibitor in North America, with 1,813 screens in 30 states and 10 other countries. In Utah, Cinemark operates theaters in Layton, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sandy and West Valley City.