Edwards Nampa Gateway Stadium 12

1232 N. Galleria Drive,
Nampa, ID 83687

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Edwards Nampa Gateway Stadium 12 opened on November 12, 2010 just a little over five miles from another Edwards, the Nampa Stadium 14. The Idaho Statesman noted that this would bring the number of screens in the Treasure Valley to more than 100. The 2,200-seat theatre opened with all-digital projection and RealD 3-D and the other amenities of a modern theater. Blair Ballard’s firm, BBA of Laguna Beach, California designed the theater and it looks like no other Edwards Theater we have seen before.

The exterior is reminiscent of a Craftsman-style lodge with wood-like trim, flagstone and brick. The outer lobby, where the ticket booths are located, and the inner concession lobby seem spacious and inviting. The Edwards lighted fan, with the numbers in the center, almost an Edwards trademark, has been reduced in size.

BBA also designed the Edwards in downtown Boise (BODO). BBA calls itself one of the leading Cinema Entertainment architectural firms in the United States. Although most of their projects have been for Regal/ Edwards they have also designed for Cinemark. Their resume includes entertainment centers in six western states, Hawaii and Japan. Be sure and check out Blair’s website for photos and descriptions of some of their entertainment projects.

August of 2011 found the Gateway Center, except for Macy’s, Penney’s, Sports Authority and a few other stores and restaurants, mostly vacant. However, a look at the Monday night parking lot showed that they were drawing good crowds, considering the day. According to the Statesman, Regal and Gateway center officials were optimistic that it would be the perfect entertainment, shopping and dining destination once the economy rebounds.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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