Regency Cinemas

550 Contra Costa Boulevard,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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This small multiplex (five screens) opened on either August 17, 1973 or August 24, 1973 in Pleasant Hill, CA. It has since closed (I believe sometime in the 1990s). The first line up looked as follows:

1)“Tom Sawyer”

2)“Forty Carats”

3)“The Neptune Factor”

4)“The Mackintosh Man”

5)“Live and Let Die”

Contributed by Robert Merk

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RobertR on January 29, 2005 at 10:47 am

I think this may have been the Tom Sawyer that played Radio City Music Hall starring Johnny Whitaker. I think it was Readers Digest that produced it.

scottfavareille on February 1, 2005 at 9:42 am

Readers Digest also produced a “musical” version of Huckleberry Finn—Both films shared much of the cast.

sdoppie on February 13, 2005 at 6:22 pm

The Regency cinemas, which sat at the edge of a shopping center anchored by a Toys R us and Target, closed during a remodeling of the shopping center that brought in new tennants. Rumor has it, there was a dispute involving the parking lot, where the theater could no longer use as much space as it had in the past. The theater subsequently closed, and was remodeled into a Lamps Plus. The entrance was relocated to the back of what was the theater, which faces a much smaller parking lot.

jfrentzen on May 11, 2005 at 7:16 pm

The Regency opened as a companion five-plex to the Festival Cinemas in nearby Walnut Creek. The same company operated both theaters and the combined ten screens dominated the Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill-Concord area during the 1970s, giving Syufy’s Century a run for its money and signalling a decline for formerly high-end houses such as the Capri. The Regency was not as well-built as the Festival but at least it shared a single lobby for all of the screens.

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