Issaquah 9 theaters to close
June 25, 2013
By Peter Clark
Remodel planned for dining, movie theater
The 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 Department, 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 last week about the location. “Plan reviewer 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. 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 Pickering Place 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 at cinebarre.com.