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It’s a shame that this place closed so soon after it opened (less than 10 years). It was a great addition to downtown Bellevue, a city of 120,000 that should have room for more than one multiplex downtown. The theatres and facilities were state-of-the-art at the time.
Lincoln Square Cinemas, which apparently put this place out of business, tends to multiscreen many of their films, which means many of the additional big titles that the Galleria would’ve picked up no longer have a home in downtown Bellevue.
If you have any curiosity about what the Galleria looked like, check out the almost-identical Regal Parkway Plaza 12 near Southcenter, which is still open (though maybe not for long given that the Southcenter 16 seems to be threatening that theatre too!).
This is an underappreciated gem in this part of suburban Seattle. A spotless, well-staffed and modern multiplex with plush stadium seating, it is now unfortunately overshadowed by the just-opened AMC Southcenter 16 just up the road. If you’re familiar with the area, it dates to a similar vintage as the now-closed Regal Bellevue Galleria 11, which also became upstaged by the flashier Lincoln Square Cinemas up the road just a few years after opening. Hopefully this place doesn’t suffer the same fate!
It’s an especially good place to see big films that you may have missed in the first 5-6 weeks of release – not a second-run house by any means, they just tend to hang onto some films a bit longer than other multiplexes.