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Regal has completed the retrofit of this theatre with recliners.New seating capacity of this theatre is 1,385 broken down as follows:1-57,2-81,3-64,4(RPX)-220,5-108,6-89,7-83,8-61,9-70,10-100,11-97,12-54,13-53,14-70,15-81,16-97. Note that some auditoriums that were similar size pre-remodel are no longer because some auditoriums were re-seated with only 4 seats in the rear row (despite the appearance the space would fit a full row). In addition, all wall covering was replaced and is now the deep blue color (similar to the Regal logo) rather than the original Regal logo maroon color.
Regal’s website is indicating that are planning to install recliners in (presumably) the 15 non RPX auditoriums which will significantly reduce the theatre’s seating capacity (as I believe the largest non-RPX auditorium currently tops out at 175).
Albany Business Journal is reporting that a Billy Beez children’s play center is planned for the space that once housed this theatre, which has been mothballed since Regal elected to go with one theatre in March 2005. I too would highly doubt given the high cost that would be involved that the theatre has been demolished (other than whatever Regal took with them). http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2015/12/billy-beez-childrens-fun-center-coming-crossgates.html
Dipson has indicated via their website that the theatre will close for business following afternoon showings on 10/18 so they can convert all six auditoriums to recliners. They are expecting the conversion to be complete and the theatre reopened for business the following Friday 10/23.
Recently Zurich has finished replacing all of the complex’s original seats with recliners. I believe they indicated that the seats that are on the stadium decks in the auditoriums that have stadium seating were not converted to recliners (just the floor seating in those auditoriums).
I don’t know that after Dipson failed there already that they would be inclined to try again (especially since as previously indicated the complex only has 3 digital projectors for 8 screens). Perhaps if DDR gave them a sweetheart lease they would consider it. I don’t think it’s anything anyone would want as a first run theatre. With it being as close to the Galleria as it is I’d imagine you would have to share product with Regal, which would put the operator in much the same situation Dipson is in currently at McKinley (going second-run because they couldn’t get enough high grossing first run product away from Regal at Quaker Crossing).
I’m assuming they didn’t repair those projectors because they already knew the repair would be futile. Per their Facebook page, as of today (5/11) this theatre should be listed as closed. https://www.facebook.com/pages/MovieLand-8-Theatres/341230255529?fref=ts
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).