Regency Twin

9501 Arlington Expressway,
Jacksonville, FL 32225

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Rocking chair twin once run by ABC/Florida State Theatres, located in the Regency Square Mall.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I thought it expanded to Four Screens?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

There is an item mentioning the Regency in Boxoffice of September 22, 1975. “Jaws” had just entered its fourth month at the Regency I, and “Rollerball” had completed its second month at the Regency II.

Wikipedia’s article on Regency Square Mall has this line: “The mall also underwent a $30 million renovation in 1998, which comprised the addition of a new, 24-screen movie complex to replace the existing six-screen theater inside the mall.” I don’t know of the six-screener was the Regency Twin expanded or not, but it seems likely. I’ve been unable to find anything about it in Boxoffice, though.

RichardInTN
RichardInTN on February 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

Interesting thoughts all…

I actually used to be the Assistant Manager at this theater.

It’s final name was the Cineplex-Odeon/Plitt Regency Twin Theater. I left employment there in 1989, and it was torn down a few years later (but it didn’t expand or change Parent Company anytime before that happened).

It was never more than two screens. There was a plan to subdivide one of the twins making it a “Triplex”, but when they were looking into it, they discovered that it was insulated with asbestos, and the cleanup required PLUS the splitting wasn’t feasible… especially with the number of competing screens in such close proximity… That’s when it was decided to demolish it.

The 24 screen theater that Joe Vogel mentions was a replacement for the AMC 6 that used to actually be located inside the mall.

Treadwell
Treadwell on August 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

As RichardinTN says, it was not inside the mall, but in the northeast corner of the parking lot. (The top right corner of the shaded area in the Google map shown. Certainly not in the middle of the intersection as pictured!)

It is not to be confused with the AMC 6 that was built inside the mall in the 80s, and certainly not the multi-screen (currently 24) AMC that was built in the NorthWEST corner of the parking lot in the 90s (and subsequently renovated and expanded).

I fondly remember the rocking chairs, and, in one theater (the left one, I think), a playing card inexplicably stuck in a ceiling tile. It was clubs or spades. Preshow images were simple but mesmerizing, light shown through overlapping rotating clear discs filled with colored gels.

Among the films I remember seeing there: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi and The Goonies.

After demolition, a Picadilly’s Cafeteria was constructed on the site (and the location inside the mall closed).

kcassada45
kcassada45 on December 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

I have fond memories of this theater as a child growing up in Jacksonville.I remember my older sister taking me there in 1974 to see THE TOWERING INFERNO when it opened.I remember the rocking chairs and as a 7 year old at the time how they were the coolest things.I also remember that at the concession stand they used to see an orange drink served in a plastic orange.Like many others I saw JAWS with my dad and two of my cousins in that theater.Almost a decade later I remember during my sophomore year at nearby Terry Parker High School going on a 10th grade English field trip to the Regency Twin to see a special showing of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD with Gregory Peck as a joint educational venture with Duval County Schools as part of the 1oth grade English curriculum.I am not sure if it was known as the Cineplex Odeon/Plitt theater yet or not.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

great stories to read…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

This 2011 article about the closing of the Picadilly Cafeteria that replaced the Regency Twin says that the cafeteria had opened on September 11, 1990. I would assume that the theater had closed early that same year or late in the previous year. The article said that the theater had been in operation for 21 years at the time it closed, which would give an opening year of 1969, or perhaps 1968.

This would make sense, as ABC-Florida State Theatres built many new houses in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But most of those were single-screen theaters, many of which were twinned a few years later. In the 1970 and 1980 views at Historic Aerials, the auditoriums section of the theater building looked like a bulged-out oval. I’m wondering if this originally could have been one of the wide-screen UltraVision theaters that were being built during that period? I believe they were in more or less oval buildings, too.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

On this web page there is a transcription of an interview with Chuck Hankinson, a native of Jacksonville. Mr. Hankinson’s answer to question #9 lists many Jacksonville theaters he recalls, and he specifically says that he remembers the Regency both before and after it became a twin, so this house did indeed open as a single-screen operation.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

The Arlington Expressway address we currently list apparently belongs to the shopping center as a whole. I think that a better address to list for the theater would be that of the Piccadilly Cafeteria that replaced it, which was 200 Monument Road. The cafeteria was built on the theater’s parking lot, and the theater’s site became the parking lot for the cafeteria, but Google Maps won’t know the difference. At least listing it at 200 Monument Road should get the pin icon out of that intersection it’s in now.

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