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Regal COO Matt Eyre talks about Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s latest antechamber renovations in West Knoxville, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Knoxville News Sentinel
The anew renovated Pinnacle 18 is the alone Regal Cinema in North America that appearance a accelerate in the lobby.
Though barter can acknowledgment to the movies alpha Friday, they’ll accept to delay to use the slide, one of Regal’s abounding precautions adjoin the advance of COVID-19.
Pinnacle is one of 190 Regal theaters aperture civic on Friday, additionally including city Knoxville’s Regal Riviera, with new bloom and assurance protocols to assure barter and employees, COO Matt Eyre told Knox News.
Once declared by Eyre as added affiliated to a library, the anew adapted Pinnacle in Knoxville — home to Regal’s U.S. headquarters — is one of just a scattering of theaters in the U.S. with the new affected antechamber that appearance new avant-garde touches and upgraded aliment experiences.
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“It’s activity to feel like a absolutely altered place, abundant added fun,” Eyre said.
The Regal Edwards Irvine Spectrum in California and Regal Union Square in New York accept been adapted with the aforementioned look, although they abide bankrupt for now. Added than a dozen theaters in the U.S. will be adapted by year’s end.
Now, Eyre said, they’re aloof cat-and-mouse for customers.
“I anticipate it represents the alpha of things to come,” Eyre said. “It’s absolutely agitative for us to assuredly get open. We’ve been bankrupt for about bristles months, and to be able to accessible in Knoxville with a aboriginal attractive theater, I anticipate is absolutely agitative for the accomplished community.”
What you charge to know: Regal Cinemas theaters are reopening Friday
Regal COO Matt Eyre demonstrates how barter can baddest their socially distanced bench via kiosk, at Regal’s Pinnacle at Turkey Creek amphitheater in West Knoxville, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
Once a basic of activity to the movies, the Pinnacle’s box appointment is gone for good, replaced with baby kiosks central breadth barter can adjustment tickets and accept seats. Of course, many barter already are purchasing tickets online, Eyre said.
As allotment of its reopening policy, barter will alone be able to acquirement tickets in every added row, and the ticketing arrangement will automatically block off adjoining seats in amid groups, so theaters will be at beneath than half capacity.
This weekend, cine goers will be able to awning archetypal films like “The Goonies” and “Jaws” for $5 in accession to new releases such as Russell Crowe’s “Unhinged” and “Words on Bathroom Walls” at abounding price.
Separated acknowledgment stands are apparent in the anew adapted antechamber of Regal’s Pinnacle at Turkey Creek amphitheater in West Knoxville, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
Pinnacle will be Regal’s first home of B-Fresh, a new-to-the-U.S. abstraction that sells açaí bowls, smoothies and juices fabricated with beginning fruit.
The acknowledgment stands accept been adapted and accommodate shelves amid checkout curve with easy-to-access bonbon and snacks. Once central the building, guests can now adjustment aliment online as well, Eyre said.
And guests will apprehension the alteration to Pepsi products, which took abode aloof afore best Regal theaters closed.
A appearance of the antechamber breadth beneath architecture at Regal Pinnacle in Turkey Creek in Farragut, Tenn. on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Regal is authoritative improvements to the Pinnacle, including a new bar and antechamber area.
The antechamber additionally includes a full-service bar and drinks can be taken into the theaters. In the future, there will be tables and chairs abreast the bar, but for now it’s accommodation account only.
The arcade amplitude has been confused to the mezzanine. Some arcade amateur will be shut bottomward to accommodated amusing break requirements and all will be antiseptic regularly. The slide, which starts in the arcade breadth and ends in the lobby, will abide bankrupt for now, but the aggregation is alive on a ablution plan, Eyre said.
Guests will see new appearance like contactless adulate dispensers for popcorn, duke sanitizer stations, plexiglass and amusing break signs.
Customers will be appropriate to abrasion masks except aback bistro and bubbler in the auditoriums, which will be antiseptic application a fogger amid screenings.
“The best affair we can do for our guests appropriate now is be safe,” Eyre said. “Follow all the COVID practices, accomplish abiding that we’re creating a absolutely nice, friendly, safe ambiance for barter to appear to.”
Another 90 Regal theaters will accessible Aug. 28, Eyre said, including Knoxville’s Cinebarre at West Town Mall and the City West location.
In all, about 300 Regal theaters will be accessible for the Sept. 3 advanced absolution of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.” The film’s continued accessible absolution will be the aboriginal analysis for theaters and studios to acquisition out if consumers are accessible to get aback to the movies.
“We absolutely charge it to do able-bodied to activate the studios to absolution added product,” Eyre said.
Pinnacle is home to Regal’s exceptional screens 4DX, IMAX, ScreenX and RPX.
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