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The impression I was given by the July announcement (as well as by the way it is worded on the Regal website) was that the announced project was for a 10 screen replacement theatre, not an expansion of the current 8 screen theatre. Similar to the project Regal has ongoing in Watertown, the current theatre I believe they mentioned is scheduled to close in early January, with the new theatre being built in its place following demolition (with an estimated opening somewhere in October or November).
RLS Design Group’s website indicates that they were the firm that designed the theatre’s 2005 stadium retrofit/reduction to 17 screens and lobby renovations for Regal.
Hoyts did operate this theatre after buying it from Loews up until their mall basement 10-plex (now the Stadium 14) was ready (it would have to be sometime in the mid ‘90s up until October of 1997).
The entire complex was converted to digital the week prior to the opening of Iron Man 2, including a 3rd Real-D equipped screen.
Fandango shows 1-6 open as “Regal Gardens Stadium 1-6”.
CinemaTour has it listed as Walden Galleria Stadium 12 because Regal operated the complex under that name (despite the theatre’s lack of stadium seating). Regal never replaced any of the theatre’s interior or exterior signage after taking it over so I’m thinking that they worked out a deal with Pyramid for the new complex after, given either the option to leave entirely or remain with the mall as an anchor to the expansion, AMC decided to leave (which would make sense given the fact that they have shown little to no support for the Buffalo market and had a very poor relationship with Pyramid).
Acquired by Regal from Hoyts Cinemas in 2002, the Pyramid Mall 10 (at no point throughout its nearly 31 year history did it ever have 12 screems) closed July 19, 2007, one day prior to the Regal’s opening of the Shops at Ithaca Mall Stadium 14 (the mall was renamed “The Shops at Ithaca Mall” on the day the new theatre opened) the following day. Mall management at one point had plans to create an open air wing using the vacated space, however it appears that those plans went by the wayside when the economy went sour, as the theatre space has remained vacant.
Regal has converted Theatre 12 to digital projection, in time for “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience”. Unlike the Real-D installation as the nearby Carousel Mall Stadium 17, the 35mm projector was removed from this theatre and the digital projector installed in its place (an extra portal was installed at Carousel, which allowed their theatre to have both digital and 35mm capability).
There is an Oswego Street in Syracuse, on the city’s west side.
Oswego is +/– 30 miles north of Syracuse…. unsure offhand if there is an Oswego Street in Syracuse.
My apologies… Regal put out a press release announcing the name change and the completion of the majority of the renovations about six hours after my last post (the official grand opening will be July 11). So, with the company’s correction this is now “Shoppingtown Mall Stadium 14”.
This theatre should now be listed with 14 screens (all mall signage has been changed to “14”; screens 11-14 opened Wednesday 7/2 with “Hancock” on 11 and 13, “Kit Kittridge” on 12, and “Kung Fu Panda” on 14). The theatre will continue to operate as “Shoppingtown Mall 10” until October, when crews will have completed converting the final five screens from the original complex to stadium seating.
Showtimes posted by the theatre indicate (as they are showing bookings for fourteen screens) that theatres 11-14 will open July 2 (presumably with “Hancock”). The showtimes are through Sunday July 6th, which I would assume means they plan on having theatres 6-10 going dark the following day for their conversion to stadium seating. The new theatres have been described as “large” in Regal’s press releases, and that would make the most sense given the existing theatre’s current capacities (Theatres 11-14 the large wing, Theatres 1-5 (the original Hoyts large wing) the medium wing[120-175], and theatres 6-10 the small wing).
Crews have completed work on theatres 1-5 which will reopen tomorrow (Friday May 9) with stadium seating. It appears that theatres 6-10 will remain open (with the original seating) until construction on the new wing for theatres 11-14 is completed to allow the complex enough screens for the summer season.
I was close on Memorial Day…. Regal has announced a May 22 opening for this theatre’s replacement complex. Presumably crews would then move on to starting the Barnes and Noble location that is still waiting to be constructed on the site of where this theatre once was.
Although it looked like there was very little chance that crews would be able to make the mall’s May 2008 opening date for the replacement theatre the last time I was at the Galleria (March 30th), the theatre was listed on Fandango earlier today- which makes me believe that they at least think that they can make May (possibly something like Memorial Day weekend). Keep in mind however the theatre Regal has (or had, as they appear to be near opening there as well) under construction in Albany (which is an upper floor build similar to this theatre) has been delayed nearly six months due to numerous construction and equipment issues.
The theatres 1-5 side of the complex is the side under conversion to stadium seating, because of this it appears the theatre is utilizing 119 seat theatre 7 as their main screen at this point (it has played “Cloverfield” and “Rambo” the last two weeks). Crews have also constructed a temporary concession stand/ box office while the original lobby is rebuilt to accomodate the new theatres (I imagine they would also modify the ADA issues in the original Hoyts design also).
It appears that earlier today crews began the conversion of one half of the complex to stadium seating (as they are only showing 5 screens in operation). I do not have any information as to which half it was, however if it was their main side (theatres 1-5) it will be extremely difficult to get tickets here during peak times (6-10’s largest screen seats 150 at best).
The Walden Galleria has updated their website with a May 2008 opening for this theatre’s replacement complex.
Just after this theatre’s 10th anniversary Regal announced plans to convert this theatre into the Shoppingtown Mall Stadium 14 by taking over approximately 18,000 square feet of the adjacent vacant anchor space once occupied by The Bon-Ton. The additional space will be used to construct 4 large auditoriums and a new lobby (expected to be completed by May 2008). Following completion of the new spaces the existing 10 screen complex is scheduled to be converted to stadium seating and all digital sound, which they hope to finish by Fall 2008.
Not sure, was there as early as October 19th and the mall still very prominately feature the theatre as “coming soon” to the second floor space originally planned for it. I read recently that the 13 screen theatre that Regal has under construction at Colonie Center in Albany had its opening pushed back from December to February in order to allow crews to complete construction on time, and from what I’ve seen this theatre appeared to be well ahead of the Galleria in terms of completion (as crews were just completing enclosing the second floor of the Galleria’s expansion in mid-October). I’m thinking you might be looking at March or April of 2008 at this point.
The Crossroads Mall 16 is now operated by AMC Theatres (it was traded to AMC by Regal along with the Fiesta Square 16 in Fayetteville, AK and $34 million dollars for 4 theatres AMC needed to divest as part of their merger with Loews- the E-Walk in NYC, the Meridian 16 in Seattle, the Keystone 16 in Dallas, and the Fenway 13 in Boston).
From what I could tell (assuming the side of the theatre I wasn’t on was identical to the side I was on) using posted fire capacities: There are 4 theatres (1,6,9,14) with 110 seats, 4 theatres (2,5,10,13) with 135 seats, 4 theatres (3,4,11,12) with 205 seats, and 2 (7,8) with 420 seats (which is roughly 2600).
I noticed while attending a screening of “Bridge to Terabithia” earlier today that Regal has chosen 287 seat Theatre 14 to host this theatre’s digital projection system, which is scheduled to be operational for the March 30th release of “Meet the Robinsons”.
The AppleTree 6 (former AMC Como Park Mall 8) closed at the same time because the owners of the AppleTree Business Park did not renew JMG Entertainment’s lease for the theatre (they wanted a more business park appropriate tennant for the space). JMG then leased and opened this theatre as a replacement, so to speak.