Hollywood 20

3979 Van Duke Road,
Lutz, FL 33558

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Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on November 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I saw “Titanic” and “Gone With the Wind” here. A friend told me just about the entire community of Lutz was there on opening day. Hard to believe a 20-screen complex with a life span of only 3 years. It’s understandable the theatre was said to be in an “underperforming location.” When Cobb opened Hollywood 20 much of the surrounding area was still underbuilt and underdeveloped. And Regal filing bankruptcy during that time doomed Hollywood 20 to a short life span.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

TAMPA – The theater has been targeted for closing for some time, a Regal executive said.

The curtain is closing on Regal Hollywood 20, one of the first mega-plexes to take root in a burgeoning area of Lutz.

The glitzy cinema-plex, in the Northgate Square shopping plaza at Van Dyke Road and Dale Mabry Highway, will turn off the lights for good Dec. 10.

Richard Westerling, Regal Cinema Inc.’s senior vice president for marketing, said the Regal Hollywood 20 was in “an underperforming location.”

It has been targeted for closing for some time, he said, as the corporation evaluates its properties for profitability. In June 1999, the company closed its Northdale Court 6 cinema on North Dale Mabry Highway.

Regal isn’t the only theater chain fallen on hard times. In August, Carmike Cinemas filed for bankruptcy and closed Main Street 6 on North Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood.

Regal Cinemas, based in Knoxville, Tenn., operates seven cinema complexes in the Tampa Bay area, including the Regal Citrus Park 20 at Citrus Park Town Center, which opened last year. There are no immediate plans to close other locations, Westerling said.

As for the employees of Regal Hollywood 20, he said it is corporate tradition to offer them jobs at other Regal cinemas.

Regal also will operate a 10-screen movie theater and Imax at the Channelside entertainment-retail complex along the Tampa waterfront. That project was slated for 15 screens but was scaled back to 10 screens. Its opening has been postponed several times; the new target is mid-January.

Regal Hollywood 20, open since October 1997, is in a stand-alone building on the west side of the shopping plaza.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Article

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TMlaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s3gDAAAAIBAJ&dq=lutz%20hollywood-20&pg=2165%2C3848713

rivest266
rivest266 on November 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

This was opened by Cobb theatres before it was sold to Regal later in 1997. Last day of performances is December 20th, 2000. Regal cinemas took out their stuff and “threw away the key” without locking the doors. The county put up a fence later.

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Thisaccountisclosed on October 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

Another note: The last time I saw this place, it was 2004, and I had walked up to the former box office to peer through the window and reminisce a little. I was thinking about all the bad movies I had paid to see there when a crazed movement caught my eye from inside a shelf within the box office. It was a large cat which appeared to be in heat… That’s when I knew that there was life after death.

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Thisaccountisclosed on October 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

I got my bicycle stolen here.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I think it fell arounf the time Regal filed bankruptsy.

SusanD
SusanD on August 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Loews 20 North Versailles was another one. It was only open from 1999-2001.