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A couple of weekends ago the newly remodeled and rebranded Regal Cinemas opened their doors with COVID-19 restrictions in place. We were bumming around River Park last week for dinner and we had a chance to poke our heads in and check it out. While the renovation isn’t 100% complete, it is fully operationally for movies, and I absolutely love what they’ve done with the place!
The moniker Edwards Stadium 21 is no more. They have even scrubbed that from the side of the building that can be seen from Highway 41. The arcade has yet to arrive and the bar has moved to the right side of the auditorium and is still under construction. I love the dark theme throughout and the modern look and feel. To be honest, it feels a little Bay Area and Southern California and that bodes well for dispelling the little cow town rep that hangs around our collective necks.
I’m sure we will be in soon to take in a flick or two and I’m also a little intrigued about what new dedicated 4DX auditorium is all about. That goes for the IMAX screens too as they have vacated the separate little space a rock’s throw from the main building and are moving it to the new building. Big thumbs up for the new and improved Regal Cinemas!!!
Pandemic and all, I haven’t walked around River Park until just last week, and I noticed visible construction of the Regal Cinemas there. Since last year in May, it was announced that River Park’s Regal Edwards was going to get a massive facelift, as part of Regal Cinema’s rebranding (they got a new modern looking logo, in case you didn’t notice). At the time, there didn’t seem to be anything happening, (at least from the outside), so it was quickly forgotten.
You can see the exposed ventilation system and the metal skeleton of the building, and the beam for where glass panes will be installed. This will enclose the “mouth” of the old design, the open space of the theater outside where you could stand around to see the movie listing and wait in line to get tickets from the clerk. There’s still much more to be done, with the construction likely finishing in late 2021. As a refresher course, here are all the changes to occur.
The cinema is being renamed from Regal Cinemas at River Park; Edwards no more. These renders show that the interior will be very modern, sleek, and dark themed (almost looks to me like the ideal club). All 22 of the existing auditoriums will be modernized and replaced with new seating. IMAX will be now be accessible in the primary building. And finally, 4DX and ScreenX will be two new features coming. 4DX includes sensory information beyond sound and sight. ScreenX is an immersive 270 degree viewing experience.