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The RPX auditorium is now open (playing “Edge of Tomorrow”). As such, the name of this theatre is now Walden Galleria Stadium 16 & RPX.
Walden Galleria’s Facebook page indicated that Regal is in the progress of converting the largest auditorium (Aud. 4) to an RPX auditorium with an expected completion date of sometime in June. This is the first RPX auditorium in Buffalo and the third in Upstate New York (Syracuse and Clifton Park).
Official capacities are: IMAX (Aud.18):375 and RPX (Aud.19):309 which will bring the facility to 3,495 across all 19 screens.
No worries, I don’t know that their dimensions are correct, just providing information. There is no seperation between the IMAX and RPX (its essentially a seperate two screen theatre that shares a box office with the original 17 screens).
The press release from the mall has the IMAX screen at 72ft wide by 40ft tall and the RPX screen at 58ft wide by 31ft tall. Also, the release has the new theatre-wide capacity at 3,400. With the new screens comes yet another name in the long history for this theatre, as per Regal and Fandango this theatre is now the Destiny USA Stadium 19 IMAX & RPX.
Crews have completed major construction on the IMAX/RPX space directly adjacent to the existing theatre (but in a seperate space) and are preparing both theatres for Superman next Friday. The new space includesan IMAX Digital theatre (which will be designated Aud. 18), an RPX theatre (Aud. 19) and its own concession stand (these auditoriums are a fair distance from the original stand). These theatres will utilize the existing box office, which is only a short distance up a ramp from this space.
It appears the renovation I described above has started, as they currently only have enough films booked for 4 of 8 screens (which would make logical sense, as the theatre is essentially 2 wings of 4 theatres each).
Just went to see “42” here yesterday and the theatre is plastered with signing for an upcoming renovation project, including AMC’s new recliner seating and the Coke Freestyle concession upgrade.
AMC has had issues dealing with mall owner Pyramid Management in the past (at Walden Galleria in Buffalo), and Regal operates a theatre at virtually every other Pyramid property.
Per the Regal website and Fandango, this theatre has officially been renamed “Destiny USA Stadium 17”, reflecting the same name change as the shopping center the theatre resides in (Carousel Center was renamed Destiny USA last August).
Regal is still waiting for mall owner Pyramid to raise the roof on their section of space in the expansion. Until the roof work is completed the theatre’s expansion project will be on hold.
Regal recently announced a project to add both an RPX screen and an IMAX screen to this theatre, in the space closest to the existing theatre but within the nearby expansion building. These auditoriums will be accessible to the existing theatre via a walkway being constructed on the roof of the second floor of the existing mall. In order to accommodate the walkway, the box office is being reconstructed just to the left of its existing location. No timetable was provided for construction, however the expansion project is slated for a grand opening on August 2.
This theatre actually only has 4 stadium auditoriums (3,4,5, and 13), which feature a very early version of stadium seating (basically an elevated platform of stadium seating behind a significant amount of floor seating). This complex is a virtual twin to the one Regal constructed in Cicero, in fact Hoyts/Northeast ran the theatre component next to the abandoned Funscape for many years. Many people in our area believed Regal decided not to take the Cicero complex back because they didn’t want their self created white elephant that came along with it, however they have continued to support the white elephant here. It seems strange that given the demographics around Eastview Mall that Regal doesn’t think additional screens would be worth the investment, as opposed to the upkeep on a very large decaying family entertainment complex.
Just in time for the the start of the theatre’s 21st year, Regal has completed converting the entire theatre to digital projection. The eight theatres that were converted first (1,2,4,5,8,10,13, and 14) are 3D capable, while the remaining theatres will remain 2D only. Theatre 14 (the original theatre converted) was completed prior to NCM’s deal with SONY, and as such is equipped with a different system than the rest of the complex (the exact make escapes me right now).
Correct address for this theatre was 3691 Erie Boulevard East, the current site of the mall’s Chili’s outparcel. The Chili’s replaced this theatre when Hoyts and then mall owner Wilmorite elected to move the theatre into the basement in 1997.
He was correct… the Regal website now has this theatre as the Cantera Stadium 17 & RPX. I’m not sure if the screen reduction was done in conjunction with the RPX renovations, but the timeline (the press release announcing the RPX theatre was dated March 16) indicates that it would have bben close.
Clifton Park Center’s Facebook page indicated earlier in February that demolition has started on this theatre in order for the new CPC Stadium 10 to be built on and around its footprint (along with the new adjacent hotel).
Earlier this week Regal converted an additional three screens (theatres 1,2, and 3) to digital projection bringing the total number of digital screens at this theatre to six (1,2,3,11,12, and 14).
The theatre has closed as of yesterday (1/9/11) to be prepared for demolition and its reconstruction as the Clifton Park Center Stadium 10. Estimated timetable given by the center is late October or November of this year.
The theatre is closed: View link
It appears based on news reports related to the recent crimes in the area as well as its absence on the AMC website that this theatre was part of AMC’s November 28 closing wave (the theatre does not appear when searching “Orlando” on the AMC website)
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.