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Regal Downtown West Cinema 8

1640 Downtown West Boulevard,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Regal Downtown West Cinema 8

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Opened as Cinema 6 by Litchfield Theatre on July 9, 1976. It was taken over by AMC in 1978 and renamed Cinema 4. The original design was typical of the period, two screens on each side of a wide rectangular lobby and candy counter centered, offices and storage directly behind. It was expanded to eight screens by adding four small auditoria across the back of the facility. Regal bought the theatre on November 16, 1990 and operated a policy of first run film. When Regal built the extravagant new West Town Mall 9 a couple of blocks away, they changed the policy on this hall to art films and smaller grossing first run fare. The name was changed – or rather expanded – to reflect the product shown here.

Admirably, Regal spent some money to clean up and redecorate the Downtown West lobby. While the auditoria are more or less unchanged (featureless curtains on the walls, regular sloped floors, recessed can lights in the black, lay-in tile ceilings) the lobby areas feature art by local artists and some interesting light fixtures.

There is neither a marquee on this building, nor a road sign. In fact, there is no name sign on the building. It only says “Regal” on the front. The front sidewalk is covered by a back-lit canvas awning.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Target on March 2, 2011 at 1:22 am

I owe so much to this venue. And count myself extremely blessed that Knoxville had such an incredible art house.

Most of my “formative years” were spent here. I went every single day after school spanning from 1998 to 2004. Many days I skipped class, snuck off school grounds and attended an afternoon matinee.

I will never forget how many treasures I watched there.

Being John Malcovich, Mulholland Dr., La Vita E Bella, Magnolia, The Straight Story, Fight Club
Memento, Run Lola Run, O' Brother Where Art Thou, George Washington, Amores Perros
Blood Simple (re-release), In the Mood for Love, The Hours, Talk to Her, Spirited Away
Adaptation, Punch Drunk Love, Lost in Translation, 21 Grams, In America, Howl’s Moving Castle
Dogville, Closer, The Life Aquatic, Eternal Sunshine

I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for DTW.

nimrod on January 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I chuckle at the above. My formative years were spent often at this theater watching crap like Cannonball Run and The Wiz! LOL

nimrod on January 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Who remembers leaving this theater and easing across the street to TGI Fridays, Mr. Gatti’s or Swenson’s Ice Cream?

ryderdvs on February 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

I can recall seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark here in 1981, when I was 5-years-old. It was the AMC four-screen at the time. I believe it became a Regal / eight-screen in 1989. I also worked at DTW from 1994-1998. Good times.

michaelkaplan on May 13, 2013 at 1:19 am

Unfortunately, the only ‘art’ house in Knoxville still doesn’t show films in 3D. I had to travel to Asheville to see Wim Wenders' beautiful “Pina” in 3D. Regal’s excuse was that it was “too expensive” to install 3D technology in this theater. That response from Regal, which has its world headquarters in this town.

greenth1ng on January 8, 2017 at 12:53 am

According to local newspapers, this theater was acquired by Regal Cinemas on November 16, 1990.

greenth1ng on January 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm

This was opened on July 9, 1976 by Litchfield under the name “Cinema 6”. It was later purchased by AMC in 1978, who later renamed it “Cinema 4”. Grand opening ad in photo section.

greenth1ng on January 3, 2018 at 3:50 am

New seating capacities at this theater, following the installation of plush rockers in each room (slightly reducing the capacity for each):

  • Theater 1 – 302 seats (originally 376)

  • Theater 2 – 206 seats (originally 244)

  • Theaters 3 & 6 – 79 seats (originally 118)

  • Theaters 4 & 5 – 99 seats (originally 142)

  • Theater 7 – 141 seats (originally 174)

  • Theater 8 – 268 seats (originally 310)

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 4, 2018 at 12:21 am

Plush rockers/seats from another Regal that got the recliner treatment?

greenth1ng on January 5, 2018 at 12:18 am

@Scott Neff Most likely.

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