Regal Riviera brings people downtown

posted by Michael Zoldessy on September 4, 2007 at 7:40 am

KNOXVILLE, TN — Far from the usual story of a new multiplex driving people away from downtown businesses, this new theater seems to be improving business.

“We couldn’t wait until it opened,” said Hossein Ghodrat who owns the Market Square Kitchen. “So far it’s helped a lot, we see a lot more people coming downtown that we’ve never seen before.”

Ghodrat says his restaurant was nowhere near this busy when it opened four years ago.

“We didn’t have a Saturday and Sunday like we do now,” he said. “Today we can’t find enough good help around here.”

You can read more at WVLT.

Comments (1)

ceasar on September 5, 2007 at 7:24 am

Well did you know that Regel Entertainment Group owned the now dead Pemberton Cinema 4 here in Vicksburg? Well it was a four screen mulitplex but around 2003-04 they sold it Village Entertainment our of Valipariso,Indiana. Now Regel when it was the cinema operator here for over ten years;they didn’t follow the trend of building a box cinema like they did in the sattelite communities in and around the Jackson Metro area. Another item they would show movie trailers here but the movie never opened and thier biggest mistake was keeping black films for over a long peirod of time.
Now why would Regel build Clinton a brand new 14 screen cinema and not give the Vicksburg market the same treatment? Anyway I suspect Regel sold Pemberton Mall Cinema 4 to Village due to weak profit turn over and high rent issues with CBL Associates which are headquarted in Chatanooga,Tn.

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