Regency San Juan Capistrano Theater

26762 Verdugo Street,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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Regency Theatre Grand Opening

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Originally on this site stood the Mission Theatre (c.1935-1945). The Franciscan Plaza shopping center was constructed and the Edwards Cinema opened on December 15, 1989.

It was closed in 2000, when the Edwards chain had a dispute with the owners of the shopping center. In early 2009, talks were underway with the Regency Theatres chain to possibly re-open the Franciscan Plaza 5 in Summer 2009. Regency Theatres signed a deal and set a November 2009 re-opening date, which eventually happened on May 7, 2010. Now with four auditoriums.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CTCrouch
CTCrouch on May 10, 2009 at 3:26 am

Regency Theatres has officially signed on to reopen the Franciscan Plaza. The opening is slated for November 2009. Along with an extensive remodel, partially funded by a $450,000 loan from the city, a bar/lounge will be added to the second floor.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on February 14, 2010 at 11:47 am

The re opening has been pushed back to March. The theatre will now be a four screen and feature a bar. The venue has converted to stadium seating, so the seating has likely been cut dramatically.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

The reopening is now set for April, 2010: View link

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on May 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

The theatre reopened on 5/7/10 with “Oceans”, “The Back-Up Plan”, and two screens of “Ironman 2”.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on May 9, 2010 at 4:35 am

The theatre now features a Moroccan theme interior, second floor cafe/lounge (in another nod to the film “Casablanca”, the area is branded “Rick’s Cafe”), and food/alcohol service in one of the auditoriums.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on May 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hey “history fans”… This place MUST re-open with “CASABLANCA”.

And how about getting some of the “Hollywood look-a-likes” to be on hand for a grand opening; 1940’s costumes, old cars, French cops, German troops… HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID!!!

PunchyMcGee
PunchyMcGee on June 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Food/alcohol service is fantastic in your seat during the movie upstairs in the VIP theater. Chairs are super comfortable. This is how you see a movie. It is pretty pricey, but it’s worth it for special occasions.

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