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!!!
For the last several days, Fresno has enjoyed a wonderful cool breeze, a departure from the near 100 degree days in which I had to run the air. While driving around on errands yesterday, I noticed that the sky was unusually dirty; I was thinking it was probably dirt being blown high into the air from all the loose dirt in Fresno (mainly from the agricultural fields all around Fresno). But, as I neared Friant via the 41, it became clear that most of the smog in the air was coming from a fire.
The fire originated from Republic Services (a Recycling Center) on 10345 North Rice Road at approximately 5pm. The stronger than usual winds (15-20mph) fanned the flames, spreading close to Woodward Lake, its Park area, and Friant Road. As a 3 alarm fire (from 1-5; higher alarm is more severe) it triggered response from the Air National Guard. PG&E made sure to comment that the fire was not started by their equipment (PG&E has started over 1500 fires in a 6 year span, by the way).
Thankfully, the fire was fully contained at around 9pm; no injuries were reported (yet), and Woodward Park dodged a bullet, as fire came within one mile. Oddly, there was another fire that happened much earlier at 5:30am. It was a house fire in which two homes were a total loss. Then, two weeks ago, Clovis dealt with a grass fire that had the potential to be very dangerous, though was promptly stopped. It’s not even summer yet, and fires are ablazing. And with most California counties in drought emergency, I am fearful as to what’s to come.
This is definitely from the annals of “something you don’t see everyday” right!? Seriously, they weren’t stressed or the least bit worried about being in the middle of the road and cars driving by. Lol. I just had to slow down, roll down my window, and snap a shot or two. They were the coolest, most calm, jay walkers I have ever seen…with feathers, of course!