Regal Movie Theater to Undergo Major Remodel

Image of exterior of movie theater. No movies are listed because of the pandemic.

The Natomas Regal movie theater has been closed since March, but is set to undergo a major renovation. / Photo NatomasBuzz.com

BY BRANDY TUZON BOYD
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

Updated Oct. 2, 2020

The Regal Cinemas movie theater in Natomas is slated to undergo a major renovation.

According to public records, the movie theater will be remodeled and about 2,500 square feet added.

The Regal Natomas theater is located at 3561 Truxel Road in the Natomas Marketplace shopping center closed March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened to the public on Oct. 2.

But amid this monthslong closure, plans for a long-rumored remodel of the 60,000 square foot theater have been submitted to the city of Sacramento.

Regal Cinemas had announced plans to reopen its theaters on August 21 with new health and safety measures in place, but it was unclear at press time whether the Natomas location will be among those to reopen that day. Multiple telephone calls and emails sent to the parent company seeking information about its reopening, and the planned remodel, have not been returned.

According to a update to the Regal website, reopening dates for theaters in California and other states have not been determined due to local restrictions.

As proposed, the project would see most of the theater’s interior remodeled but also includes replacing the existing exterior box office with self-service ticket kiosks to be located inside the lobby area.

Plans are to remove the box office and fill the opening with new entry doors which match the existing storefront system. Four existing metal exterior doors on the perimeter of the building will also be removed and those openings filled in with new concrete. Two new, hollow metal exit doors will be added. Both the mason work and new doors will be painted to match the existing building color.

All other proposed work will be inside the theater including refurbishing the existing lobby, corridors, toilet rooms, lounge and concession stand. The work will include all new plumbing fixtures, lighting, wall coverings and flooring.

Auditoriums 1-11 and 13-16 are also slated for remodeling as well as brand-new seating. As a result, seating capacity at the movie theater will be reduced nearly 40% from 2,931 to 1,848 seats.

Also planned for the renovation is a new VIP lounge with a bar and food service area.

In 2018, auditorium 12 in the theater was remodeled and 4DX seats, acoustical wall panels and mechanical special effects equipment installed.

Regal Cinemas, formerly known as Regal Entertainment Group, is an American movie theater chain headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. Regal operates the second-largest theater circuit in the United States.

This article was updated on Oct. 2, 2020 with new information about reopening Regal movie theaters and a remodel in 2018.

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