Regal Knoxville Center 10

Knoxville Center Mall,
Mall Road North,
Knoxville, TN

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To be an extensively remodeled facility this theatre still looks quite good for its age. It has changed owners, changed names, had screens added, stadium seats added, lost its street signs and been the subject of a major redecoration effort. All this the result of intense competition with the East Town Crossing multi-plex (razed) and Carmike’s Millertown Pike 10.

The mall inwhich this theatre stands was re-named from East Town Mall, to Knoxville Center Mall in an effort to overcome the perceived prejudice Knoxvillians have against anything associated with the unfashionable east side of town.

Through all the changes this building has seen one interesting little decorative touch remains from the original design: hanging from the lobby ceiling is a neon sculture. The intent is to portray a motion picture projector casting the owner’s corportate Logo on the far lobby wall. It is interesting and fairly effective. However, the machine represented in the sculpture is not a 35mm movie projector, but rather shows a movie camera with its supply and take-up reels both mounted on top of the box.

I get a smile out of it every time I stand in the lobby – wondering if it was meant to be a camera, or if the designer didn’t know the difference.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

ryderdvs
ryderdvs on February 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Lots of great memories from childhood here, back when it was owned by United Artists, and it was called East Town Mall – Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Beetlejuice, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

What were some of the previous owners?

tntim
tntim on July 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

It was built by United Artist and opened when the mall did in July of 1984. At that time the name of the theatre was UA 7. When Regal Entertainment Group purchased the UA chain it became a Regal Cinema. In the mid 90’s Regal added 3 more screens and converted the original 7 auditoriums to stadium seating.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Thanks all. So did UA operate other theatres in Knoxville that became Regal Cinemas prior to the formation of Regal Entertainment Group? (ie. before 2002).

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