Regal West Town Stadium 9

Kingston Pike at Morrell Road,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Regal West Town Stadium 9

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During the extensive renovation of West Town Mall during the mid 1990’s, Regal Cinemas built this entirly new multiplex on the roof of the existing mall. It also incorporated the upper floor of the former J.C. Penny store.

Most noteworthy in the design is the atmospheric arcade which forms the entrance to the theatre proper. At the theatre entrance is a free standing fountain sporting a figure (with umbrella) a-la “Singin' In The Rain”.

The two story tall lobby continues the atmospheric theme. This isn’t Eberson quality architecure, but the designer does get an A for effort here. Ticket sales are on one side of the lobby, concessions on the other. Between the two is a valiant attempt at Spanish Baroque executed in vacu-form plastic. Rich blue lights shine upward on a dark blue lay-in tile sky. There is no cloud machine.

Past the lobby one enters a long, wide, one story tall “hold out” corridor with good tile work on the floor, exposed geometric neon on the ceiling and poster cases on the walls.

The ticket taker stands at about the mid point of this corridor. Oddly, a single auditorim has been placed behind the concession counter, requiring a 180 degree turn and a trip down a LONG velvet roped aisle back into the lobby, past the candy stand, around a couple of corners and voila, stadium seating appears in front of the wandering movie goer.

It is a fine theatre, with the highest quality presentation standards. If the architecture isn’t Eberson, it is at least to Regal’s credit that they attempted to bring an air of excitement to the experience of going to the movies.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on December 19, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Is this an expansion of the single screen Westown Ultra Vision built back in 1971?

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on December 26, 2006 at 7:24 am

No, that theatre was a free standing facility that was torn down. It was gone by the time I moved to Knoxville in 1993.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Of course another grand old Knoxville theatre gone in its place something called the WESTOWN Nine. Well, THE WESTOWN ULRA VISION theatre was a Plitt Theatre and in December of 1983 it was managed by Bruce Torbett.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You guys in K-town need to work up a history on the Plitt WESTOWN Ultra – Vision theatre in your mountain city. It deserves to be on CT.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Yeah listen to him!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Well,doggone It TSLOEWS Knoxville is big enough to have a NICK, TSLOEWS,ROBIN or Mike in that city. I have written alot on the Knoxville Theatres and I LIVE IN AUGUSTA,GEORGIA.

ryderdvs
ryderdvs on July 17, 2014 at 3:22 am

This theater was one of the “Funscapes” that Regal introduced in the late 1990’s. Funscape was one of the final nails that drove Regal into bankruptcy. My friend Chuck was the general manager here when it first opened in 1999, with The Phantom Menace being one of their first big screenings. They also had a premiere of October Sky here, with director Joe Johnston and Jake Gyllenhaal in attendance.

tntim
tntim on July 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

The exact opening date was November 6, 1998.

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