The Great Cinema Debate: Regal Edition


Marianna Marsden

The new Regal Cinemas opened Thursday Dec. 11. There are 12 theaters with recliner seats along with a variety of food such as popcorn and burgers.

Ryan Du, Social Media Guru

With the recent passing of our beloved Moviemax, it’s no surprise that there would be some heated reactions towards the new Regal movie theater opening across the street. That is why I took it upon myself to investigate the venue in question in order to provide you with an honest review. I am simply a man of high standards with a love for movie theaters. That being said, this review should be taken with a grain of salt.

To begin, the aesthetics and layout of the theater are noticeably better than that of Moviemax. As you walk in, you are greeted by the line for the box office. It would be important to note that tickets can also be bought and reserved online beforehand. The theater also offers self-serve ticket machines next to guest services.

As you venture further into the theater, the room opens up and you will find the concession stand on your right, guest services on your left, restrooms directly ahead, and a few game machines in the corner of the room. The doors for the viewing areas are located across from each other along one hallway.

Another few aspects that really stick out are the chandelier-style lights. Personally, I think that they add a sense of elegance and class to the theater. Overall, the waiting room is not as big as other theaters. However, it makes up for its lack of size with its easy accessibility. Everything is within short reach of each other and is no more than a few steps away.

Furthermore, I found that the concession stand offers quite a wide array of choices. Not only do you have the classic choice of popcorn or candy, but there are also cooked foods such as hamburgers. The concession stand holds multiple cashiers so your wait in line is as short as possible. Everything is also out on display for you to see so that you can fully comprehend their wide array of choices.

Additionally, the restrooms are clean and well maintained. However, I am not too fond of the blow hand dryers. As an individual who has experienced many restrooms, I can honestly say that paper towels dry hands more efficiently than any electric-powered apparatuses. Unfortunately, I can not say much about the theater’s female restrooms, but we can assume that they do not vary too greatly with the male restrooms.

Guest services were also a nice touch to the theater. To have a separate section reserved for answering any questions customers may have is always appreciated. The self-serve ticket machines also serve to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

To be honest, the current game machines really lack any character. They are boring and a waste of money. But I suppose one does not focus on the game machines when at a movie theater anyway.

Moving on to the actual movie viewing areas, they are all conveniently located across from each other. That way, there is absolutely no scrambling or confusion to find your room. There are 12 rooms, ranging in size from 60 to 156 seats depending on the demand of the movie. Each room houses a massive screen with full surround sound. My favorite aspect, however, was definitely the recliner chairs. These bad boys provide you with the most comfortable viewing experience possible. Each chair also comes fitted with its own table and cup holder.

To sum it all up, the theater is a step up from your average theater. It packs a heavy punch for its size. Everything seems to check out and you definitely get what you pay for. Although the dilapidated vibe of Moviemax will be missed, the future is here, and it has recliner chairs.

Ryan Du, connoisseur of movie theaters, signing off.