Regal Cinemas in Issaquah Highlands will open June 29
June 18, 2013
By Peter Clark
NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2013
Regal Cinemas will open June 29 as the first completed highlands project in Grand Ridge Plaza.
Regal Entertainment Group has announced that the new theater complex would be unveiled with grand opening and preview events.
Preview events will occur from June 29 through July 1 and will include three days of $2 movies, which will benefit local charities under specific themes, according to a press release.
On June 29, the theme is Regal’s Recipe for Hope, which will benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank with recent Hollywood hits along with selected food-themed films. On June 30, Read It and See It as Regal features book-related films benefiting the charity Newspapers in Education. July 1 benefits ArtsFund of Seattle during Regal Superheroes for a Cause for a superhero-inspired day at the movies.
“It is always a pleasure to give back to local charities during a theater’s grand opening. The activities add to our celebration, and are representative of our role as a new community gathering place,” Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group, said in the release. “Giving back to community organizations is another way we are able to show our gratitude for the loyal patronage from so many Pacific Northwest moviegoers.”
The official grand opening will be at 7 p.m. July 2 with first-run features including “The Lone Ranger” and “Despicable Me 2.” Moviegoers will also enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks with each paid admission through July 11.
The theater will feature 12 theaters that will be able to hold 2,500 visitors. The complex will include an IMAX screen and a signature Regal Premium Experience screen.
“An IMAX digital projection system at Issaquah Highlands will showcase Hollywood blockbusters that have been digitally re-mastered into the unique image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience,” the release said. “Films are projected on a specially-designed IMAX screen that is slightly curved and moved forward, coupled with a proprietary digital surround sound system to immerse the audience.”
Regal has been advertising to fill new positions that the theater will create.
The Pickering Place location declined to comment on what affect the new cinema would bring to the existing theater. Attempts to reach Regal Entertainment about theater specifics were unsuccessful.