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(Deadline)   Regal Cinemas goes from prince to pauper   (deadline.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Movie theater, giant theater chain Cineworld, Bankruptcy, United States, Debt, United States bankruptcy law, heavily indebted parent of Regal Cinemas, Restructuring  
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1466 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 08 Sep 2022 at 6:18 AM (21 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-07 9:52:59 PM  
That's a bummer.  All the theaters near me keep closing.  I live in a moderate-size city with no movie theaters in it.
 
2022-09-08 6:59:33 AM  
It's weird because my office is filled with executive furniture from General Cinemas, courtesy of a friend that used to work there.
 
2022-09-08 6:59:37 AM  
Guess this stuff was inevitable, with home theatre approaching cinema quality and the whole streaming thing. Covid just accelerated the timeline.
 
2022-09-08 7:03:38 AM  

Gleeman: Guess this stuff was inevitable, with home theatre approaching cinema quality and the whole streaming thing. Covid just accelerated the timeline.


That and getting old.  Looking forward to watching the new Thor movie, on our new TV.
 
2022-09-08 7:14:15 AM  
As much as I love movies, I hate most modern theater "experiences." It's too expensive, too sticky and gross, the focus is out of whack, and the people...well, the less said, the better. Furthermore, I generally dislike noisy and brainless superhero movies.

I've got a 4K TV, a surround sound receiver and Plex running on a 24 TB server in the basement. Theaters are pretty much obsolete at this point.
 
2022-09-08 7:24:47 AM  
Regal cinemas suck. Any theater that plays ads* before the movie isn't worth going to.

*Not including movie trailers.
 
2022-09-08 7:44:32 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Regal cinemas suck. Any theater that plays ads* before the movie isn't worth going to.

*Not including movie trailers.


I think all the chains do that now, but yeah. I hate it. There are pros and cons to the movie theater experience. But even if theaters find ways to revamp their business model into a tenable one, I don't see the pros outweighing the cons for me most of the time. The biggest con for me is people on their phones, and the second biggest is people talking during the movie. I don't see those going away. I went to see NOPE in the theater because I really wanted to see it right away, but it takes Jordan Peele to get my ass to the theater. Funny thing is, we had a local second run/indie theater near us for years, and phones/talking was never once an issue there. It was bare bones like 1 or 2 staff max doing tickets and concessions. But we saw so many movies there we wouldn't have caught otherwise. The place closed during Covid, reopened, but couldn't make it. It died of long Covid.
 
2022-09-08 8:59:18 AM  
The best movie theater I used to go to wasn't an IMAX, wasn't a fancy place with reclining seats that served booze - it was a privately owned screening room that seated about 100. It got a mix of new releases, second run, and repertoire films. Tickets were $10, there were no advertisements or previews in front of the movie -- if the start time was listed at 8pm, that's when the movie started, not 8:30pm.

The owner was a retired lawyer who bought the theater for fun and worked behind the counter.
 
2022-09-08 9:13:36 AM  
Bummer.  Regal Cinemas has the best-tasting popcorn.
 
2022-09-08 9:18:20 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Regal cinemas suck. Any theater that plays ads* before the movie isn't worth going to.

*Not including movie trailers.


You mean when you go to an 11:00 matinee that doesn't actually start until 11:45 because of all those ads and public service announcements and promo reels reminding you that you're in a movie theater aren't really doing it for you?

Every theater does this now, except for whatever tiny little single screen mom-and-pop operation you can find.
 
2022-09-08 9:23:08 AM  
I used to be a projectionist in an Eastern Federal theater back before the theater part of the company was sold to Regal.  It was the mid 80's.  We were a bare bones art house who occasionally got 1st run films.  It was one of the best jobs I ever had but the pay sucked.  Ah, to be 19 again and scamming on concession stand girls... sigh.
 
2022-09-08 10:17:14 AM  
I loved going to the theater, but lately, the public has forgotten how to act. More so than ever. I blame being stuck indoors for Covid, yelling at their tv.
We went to see Thor and it was completely packed with 'billies talking loud, yelling to their friends sitting down, texting. Basically acting like  they were at home and fighting everyone else to try to be the most interesting person in the theater.
I've got a 52 inch tv and I'm good never going again or if I do, going in the morning when only really old people are there.
 
2022-09-08 10:18:12 AM  
Good. MFers in manglement kicked a friend of mine out of his hometown theater for no good reason and treated him like shiat. I never gave them any of my business after that and never will.
 
2022-09-08 10:32:56 AM  

pheed: As much as I love movies, I hate most modern theater "experiences." It's too expensive, too sticky and gross, the focus is out of whack, and the people...well, the less said, the better. Furthermore, I generally dislike noisy and brainless superhero movies.

I've got a 4K TV, a surround sound receiver and Plex running on a 24 TB server in the basement. Theaters are pretty much obsolete at this point.


Welcome back, the same comment posted in every movie thread! It's been too quiet without hearing this every time!
 
2022-09-08 10:45:17 AM  

CzarChasm: Good. MFers in manglement kicked a friend of mine out of his hometown theater for no good reason and treated him like shiat. I never gave them any of my business after that and never will.


My cousin is friends with the person who kicked him out. Your friend is a dick and knows exactly what he did.
 
2022-09-08 10:45:22 AM  

vatica40: pheed: As much as I love movies, I hate most modern theater "experiences." It's too expensive, too sticky and gross, the focus is out of whack, and the people...well, the less said, the better. Furthermore, I generally dislike noisy and brainless superhero movies.

I've got a 4K TV, a surround sound receiver and Plex running on a 24 TB server in the basement. Theaters are pretty much obsolete at this point.

Welcome back, the same comment posted in every movie thread! It's been too quiet without hearing this every time!


Hence the dying movie theaters.
 
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2022-09-08 10:48:54 AM  

empres77: Bummer.  Regal Cinemas has the best-tasting popcorn.


If the one near me stays open, I hope they honor the free refills on the popcorn tin we have. We are "in the money" now. It is about the size between medium and large, but the tin cost 50% more than a large. After the second filling, we are getting free popcorn. We also have a drink cup that gets free refills. The theater nearest us is about 5 years old, still is in ok shape, but really going to movies sucks when it costs around $40 for 2 adults and a child.
 
2022-09-08 10:49:00 AM  

Zombie DJ: I loved going to the theater, but lately, the public has forgotten how to act. More so than ever. I blame being stuck indoors for Covid, yelling at their tv.
We went to see Thor and it was completely packed with 'billies talking loud, yelling to their friends sitting down, texting. Basically acting like  they were at home and fighting everyone else to try to be the most interesting person in the theater.
I've got a 52 inch tv and I'm good never going again or if I do, going in the morning when only really old people are there.


I love movies, but I hate people.  I only go to a theater after first runs, on weekdays, for matinees, because there are generally six people in the theater.
 
2022-09-08 11:16:42 AM  
Back in the old days, when teenagers were being unruly, it was your moral obligation to beat them unmercifully.
 
2022-09-08 12:35:11 PM  
Seinfeld - We're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like
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2022-09-08 12:57:20 PM  

stupiddream: I used to be a projectionist in an Eastern Federal theater back before the theater part of the company was sold to Regal.  It was the mid 80's.  We were a bare bones art house who occasionally got 1st run films.  It was one of the best jobs I ever had but the pay sucked.  Ah, to be 19 again and scamming on concession stand girls... sigh.


Hey, you were a nicer EFC than we were.  When I was working in the early 90s, my theater was 4 "first run" screens and 4 dollar movies.  Most of the lobby was divided by the concession stand (A terrible design, incidentally), but we still had to be super diligent to make sure people weren't buying tickets for the dollar movies and sneaking across to the full price side (though our booker also apparently didn't like us because we had a steady stream of absolute garbage.  If Cannon released it, we were gonna show it!)

Eventually we got a better booker who looked at a map and said "This theater is in a free zone - why the hell aren't we booking them full-price across the board?"  That was like 1995 or so, and happily the booker was correct in the sense that we were able to do quite well without the dollar movies.

They eventually built a larger theater (again with that stupid goddamn concession stand in the middle) a few miles down the road and shuttered the one that I had worked at.  The building is now a self-storage facility.

Anyways, man EFC was a garbage company.  Very much a bunch of good ole boys.
 
2022-09-08 1:05:33 PM  
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2022-09-08 1:41:24 PM  

Mulchpuppy: stupiddream: I used to be a projectionist in an Eastern Federal theater back before the theater part of the company was sold to Regal.  It was the mid 80's.  We were a bare bones art house who occasionally got 1st run films.  It was one of the best jobs I ever had but the pay sucked.  Ah, to be 19 again and scamming on concession stand girls... sigh.

Hey, you were a nicer EFC than we were.  When I was working in the early 90s, my theater was 4 "first run" screens and 4 dollar movies.  Most of the lobby was divided by the concession stand (A terrible design, incidentally), but we still had to be super diligent to make sure people weren't buying tickets for the dollar movies and sneaking across to the full price side (though our booker also apparently didn't like us because we had a steady stream of absolute garbage.  If Cannon released it, we were gonna show it!)

Eventually we got a better booker who looked at a map and said "This theater is in a free zone - why the hell aren't we booking them full-price across the board?"  That was like 1995 or so, and happily the booker was correct in the sense that we were able to do quite well without the dollar movies.

They eventually built a larger theater (again with that stupid goddamn concession stand in the middle) a few miles down the road and shuttered the one that I had worked at.  The building is now a self-storage facility.

Anyways, man EFC was a garbage company.  Very much a bunch of good ole boys.


I get ya!  EFC Sucked!  Especially for the lead singer in a alternative rock band like me.  I loved the job and the employees but hated the management.  This theater was in North Florida and my manager was from Tennessee.  Chain smoking, alcoholic loser who had a near fatal heart attack at 38.  We had 5 screens and all were 1st run - full price except for Oscar winners that no one else wanted.  2 concession stands but only one was ever open.  One of our projectors, a Cinemeccanica, was from the 40's and was constantly breaking down.  Me and a bunch of the ushers got hired once to pull up the aisle carpet so it could me replaced, UGH Nasty!  That is how cheap they were.  They tried to say we needed to do as part of our regular job but I said no way.  We got paid $15 an hour and in 1985 dollars that was pretty good.  I quit shortly after a hurricane came through the town and took the letters off of our sign and made them into 6" x 12" knife-like projectiles that took out the windows of the strip mall across the street.  How they didn't get sued into oblivion for not taking them down off the sign I'll never know.  I worked there for 2 years and I have 100's of stories.  Good times!
 
2022-09-08 5:34:53 PM  
Alamo no talking/phones policy or GTFO.
 
2022-09-08 7:08:26 PM  

Gleeman: Guess this stuff was inevitable, with home theatre approaching cinema quality and the whole streaming thing. Covid just accelerated the timeline.



99 9% of people who have "home theatre" have nothing close to actual theater quality picture and audio quality, especially if they're streaming.

Now they might find the cost and pissbreak and no other people a worthwhile tradeoff, but quit with the nonsense BS just to feel better about yourself.

Thinking a 60"  insignia with a 2.1 soundbar  is theater quality is about like trump thinking he's a stable genius.
 
2022-09-08 8:44:54 PM  

Uncle Pooky: CzarChasm: Good. MFers in manglement kicked a friend of mine out of his hometown theater for no good reason and treated him like shiat. I never gave them any of my business after that and never will.

My cousin is friends with the person who kicked him out. Your friend is a dick and knows exactly what he did.


My uncle is friends with someone who knows your cousin. He says your cousin instigated everything and should have been thrown out as well.
 
2022-09-09 4:09:23 PM  

EdgeRunner: Uncle Pooky: CzarChasm: Good. MFers in manglement kicked a friend of mine out of his hometown theater for no good reason and treated him like shiat. I never gave them any of my business after that and never will.

My cousin is friends with the person who kicked him out. Your friend is a dick and knows exactly what he did.

My uncle is friends with someone who knows your cousin. He says your cousin instigated everything and should have been thrown out as well.


The uncle that got arrested for attempting the popcorn trick? Yeah, let's trust the word of that guy.
 
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