Regal West Town Stadium 9
7600 Kingston Pike,
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During the extensive renovation of West Town Mall during 1998, 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, and opened November 6, 1998.
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.
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