Regal Issaquah 9 Theatres to close, be remodeled for adult dining/movie theater

June 19, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — 5:22 p.m. June 19, 2013

Opening of the new Regal Issaquah Highlands 12 theater will lead to a closing, remodeling and renaming of the Pickering Place location.

According to applications filed with the city Development Services Departmentt, the Regal Issaquah 9 Theatres will be remodeled into a Cinebarre.

“Cinebarre did submit an application a few weeks back,” Issaquah Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said about the location. “Plan reveiwer comments are due at the end of this week and I would say that they are two to four weeks out from getting their tenant improvement building permit.”

Regal Entertainment Group Western Regional Marketing Manager Rachel Lueras confirmed that the imminent unveiling of the new cinema, scheduled for June 26, would mean a different direction for the Regal Issaquah 9.

“The Issaquah 9 will close with the opening of the new facility,” Lueras said in a phone interview. “It will close briefly for a remodel and then reopen later in the year.”

However, she would not specify what would become of the 20-year fixture in Pickering Place.

“We’ll have more information on what that will look like at a later date,” she said. “It will have a new identity to come.”

Formed in 2007 as a joint venture between Regal Entertainment Group and the former CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, Cinebarre is a full-dining movie-going experience, offering beer and wine. Currently, there are only six locations in the United States, including one in Mountlake Terrace. Cinebarre’s theaters are age-restricted to people at least 18 or older. At the Mountlake Terrace location, attendees must be 21 or older.

“Outside, there will only be painting and light remodeling,” Wright said about the building. “All the changes are interior. They will add a kitchen.”

When asked about changing the Regal Issaquah 9 to a Cinebarre, Lueras declined to comment, saying only that the Regal Entertainment Group would say more in the days to come. There was also no information on whether any staff would move from the Pickering Place theater to the new highlands location.

Learn more about Cinebarre here.

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8 Responses to “Regal Issaquah 9 Theatres to close, be remodeled for adult dining/movie theater”

  1. mgt on June 24th, 2013 3:58 pm

    regal cinema/city permitting department.
    you should have planned the cinebarre theater to be located in the highlands for the “hill” people and left the pickering place theater for the simple “valley” folks as a family venue. cannot believe you would make what was a simple family outing to the movies into a trek up the hill especially in bad weather. sad change for the residents of issaquah.

  2. Dave on June 25th, 2013 12:02 pm

    Actually there are families in the Highlands too.

    And what’s with the “Hill” / “Valley” thing. It’s Issaquah wherever you live. The Highlands, Talus etc have been here 10+ years. Get over it.

  3. Anonymous on June 27th, 2013 8:05 pm

    Used to be “The Pickering Ranch” (Airport and Gliders were adj) and the famous
    Gilman Boardwalk,(My grandma knew about from Spokane in the 80’s)
    Not much good has happened there since.

  4. bj on July 3rd, 2013 4:54 pm

    I dread driving to Highlands from south Issaquah. Will go to kent or renton from now on. More tax rev loss for Issaquah. I already shop mostly in Covington.

  5. boo on August 31st, 2013 7:11 pm

    I love that you think anyone cares whether or not you do your shopping in Issaquah, lol.

    I have to drive up a hill now waaaah! This place used to have nothing in it and be super old but then it changed waaah!

    boo hoo, your lives are super hard.

  6. Blake Derby on September 26th, 2013 12:21 pm

    Congratulations Issaquah! So fortunate you are to be presented with a comfortable place to watch movies while eating and drinking with other adults…It is great place to go to take a break from the routine and and give yourself pat on the back for a job well done. We deal so well with screaming kids and other duties that impinge upon our patience so give youselft a chance. Check it out and see how it floats in your manifest universe…Cinebarre is a local job creator…in a town that appears to be exceptionally conscious and on the cutting edge of really good things…

  7. brianduckfan on October 12th, 2013 5:01 pm

    We have a Cinnebarre here in Salem OR and it is great! Kids are welcome with their families. The food is really good and reasonably priced and there is a lot of room to stretch out. The beer is tasty. It’s a great place to bring your date, or in my case, my wife of 35 years!

  8. Beverly on January 4th, 2014 8:32 pm

    What a rude surprise! Tried to see a movie with my husband at Regal Issaquah but was told I must present identification. Manager advised “State law requires ID” because they serve alcohol. Really, at 58 and obviously of legal age I cannot imagine that level of ridiculousness – doubt such a law exists and if it does the lawmaker should get a real job.

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