Regal Cinemas Announces Classic Movie Screenings Starting July 10 (IF they reopen): Rocky, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park and more

Despite the delay of Tenet and Mulan to August (see: Tenet Delayed Again to August 12 – Summer Movie Theater Viewing Slipping Away), Regal Cinemas continues to stay the course of their announcement of reopening July 10.

According to a series of tweets from Regal’s official Twitter account (@RegalMovies), they have announced some of the classic movies that will be screening.

This is a good selection of movies to watch or rewatch on the big screen. Any in particular you’re interested in watching/rewatching in the theater, let us know in the comments. And, you might want to read the tweet replies, as some folks are saying it’s “too soon” and to “wait.”

This, in fact, might be the reality in some (many?) areas.

As of this writing, all our local Regal theaters continue to show no movie showtimes available for presale tickets (see topmost image). Being July 10 is only a couple weeks away from the posting of this article logic would suggest that at any time now the movie times will appear.

Unless they decide not to reopen, which is entirely possible, especially considering phase 4 in our area is being slowed due to spikes in COVID-19.

Credit: The Seattle Times June 27, 2020

We live in a county just south of the highest percentage of COVID-19 cases (King County – Seattle) highlighted in red on the image shown above. The graph to the left shows the increase in COVID-19 cases has risen to levels seen on 4/1 a couple weeks after non-essential businesses were closed. Deaths, if there is any positive in this data, have continued to decline.

I’m not sure if Regal or AMC will open in a couple weeks based on this data. Throughout this pandemic, I’ve maintained that the theaters should reopen as soon as possible when it is safe. I’m no scientist or health care professional, but the data above makes a strong case in our area that it isn’t safe yet.

I’m among the group that strongly wants to see movie theaters reopen, but not at the cost of public safety. If they do reopen on July 10, as planned, I’m going to be there, but this isn’t clear bearing the data shown above.

I’ve been waiting to post movies coming to theaters in July because changes to movie release dates continue to be delayed. This is yet more proof that nothing is predictable in these current times. Will likely do again like June (see: Originally Planned 9 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in June 2020 – Actual: 3 VOD, 0 Wide Theater Releases). I was hoping we might be getting back to normal, but that seems premature.

When Do You Think Movie Theaters Will Reopen?

We’ve covered in a prior post if you’re going to wait or visit right away and if you’re required to wear a mask (see: Will You Watch More or Less Movies in Theaters That Require Wearing a Mask?), a question I haven’t asked is when do you think movie theaters will reopen?

Will movie theaters open in July? Yes/no? In some areas, at least, I think the answer is no, despite theater announcements to the contrary. Government regulations may prevent — and rightly so — this from happening.

Will You Be Smuggling in Coca-Cola Products To Regal Theaters When They Reopen?

Regal Cinemas official website is now sporting the Pepsi logo, not Coca-cola. When they come back, as announced previously (see: Regal Cinemas Switching From Coca Cola to Pepsi Products in Spring 2020 Causes Some Soda Fan Unrest), they will presumably be serving Pepsi products.

I know, this isn’t newsworthy anymore really – and yet it will be when Regal Cinemas open again. Spring 2020 has already been weird and unprecedented, but there was never any official date of this soda change announced other than in the spring.

Unfortunately, it seems spring will have passed before the theaters open again.

As mentioned before, the soda switch is largely a non-event for me. I drink both soda products and actually prefer Pepsi and 7-up over Coca-cola and Sprite, but there is one small silver lining, Regal will not have to worry as much about the soda change as if they just overnight switched while their theater was still open and operational.

Now, when they come back, moviegoers will likely be happy with the ability to see movies in the theater again, not that they can’t drink Coke with their popcorn.

(unless smuggled in, of course, hence the post title)

The other thing I’m curious about is all those college produced short videos that used to play right before the movies. Previously those were all sponsored (perhaps even co-financed?) by Coca-cola. Will Pepsi be sponsoring these now? Will Olivia Wilde from Booksmart be introducing these new short advertorials (which basically just pitched how great it was having popcorn and Coca-cola, er now … Pepsi?)

I realize none of this is all that important. Except to those who are very passionate Coca-cola products fans.

So, honesty time is upon us, will you be smuggling in your Coca-cola products into Regal Cinemas when they reopen or OK with Pepsi?

Regal Closes All US Theaters, Suspends Billing for Unlimited Pass Customers

This is a sad day for movie theater fans. Finding a movie to play in a theater — any theater — in any United States city? Difficult, perhaps soon to be impossible. AMC and Regal Cinemas have closed all their U.S theaters.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter they expect most, if not all, cinemas in the U.S. to follow suit and go dark in the coming days, much as in Europe and parts of Asia. Regal is the first U.S. circuit to make a blanket announcement.

Regal to Close All U.S. Theaters Indefinitely Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | Hollywood Reporter

We’re down in Las Vegas right now and yesterday we caught — literally — the last showing of The Hunt ⭐️⭐️ at 4:30pm at the Boulder Station casino in Las Vegas. We then tried to go down to the Palace Station for the Cinebarre and it was already closed (see sign above).

We received a note from our Regal Unlimited app that they are suspending billing temporarily. We were both wondering if we’d be billed $42 USD for the month when there were no movies we could see, even if we wanted. Turns out that Regal already has planned this out. Good for them. We wish the theaters were still open, but appreciate not being charged for something we are now unable to use.

Unconfirmed as of this writing, but I believe Cinemark theaters in Las Vegas are still open — they are showing movie times as of moments ago — so movies can still be seen in those theaters, but who knows how much longer they’ll hold out.

MGM has closed down their 14 properties on the strip in Vegas, and that alone feels weird. Even during 9/11, which by the way, we were also in Las Vegas, everything stayed open.

How long will these theater closures last? We tried asking questions but even the employees we spoke to were told nothing. Only that they needed to close and there were no answers as to when the theaters would reopen.

Sad, sad days.

Regal Cinebarre Issaquah Closes + January 2020 Viewing Challenge Complete

Regal Cinebarre in Issaquah Washington has closed permanently, bought by Costco

Sad news whenever a cool movie theater closes. Some readers might remember Kara and I talking about our visit to the Regal Cinebarre in Issaquah.

A notice on the front door of the movie theater said: “Unfortunately, our Cinebarre Issaquah location has closed permanently. We want to thank our guests for years of loyalty, and we will cherish all the fun memories we had together throughout our time here.

Costco purchases Regal Cinebarre Issaquah | Issaquah Reporter

Unfortunately, the location was off the beaten path and wasn’t getting enough business to stay afloat. The Regal Cinnebarre at Mount Lake Terrace is still open. That’s another 45 minutes or so away and almost two hour drive from us, but at least we can still visit a Regal Cinebarre “locally.”

We’ll be in Las Vegas again in March and probably visiting the Palace Station Cinebarre. We remain fans of the dinner and a movie concept but, like all businesses, to remain profitable and competitive “just being there” isn’t enough.

January 2020 21+ New Movies Watched Viewing Challenge — SUCCESS

On the streaming front, might as well update our January 2020 Movie Viewing Challenge: 21+ New/Unseen Movies. The complete list of new/unseen movies watched from January 1 – January 31, 2020 is listed below, ranked by rating.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. A Quiet Place ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Lady Bird ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Danny Collins ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. The Rhythm Section ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Patchwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. Little Deaths ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Tammy and the T-Rex ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Phil Spector ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. The Intruder ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Easy To Learn, Hard To Master: The Fate of Atari ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  15. I Want To Marry Ryan Banks ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  16. Doolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  17. Just Mercy ⭐️⭐️½
  18. The Marshes ⭐️⭐️½
  19. What Men Want ⭐️⭐️½
  20. Clownado ⭐️⭐️½
  21. Bumblebee ⭐️⭐️½
  22. The Fanatic⭐️⭐️
  23. First Response ⭐️⭐️
  24. The Call Up ⭐️⭐️
  25. Always Will ⭐️⭐️
  26. The Grudge (2020)⭐️⭐️
  27. Gretel and Hansel⭐️½
  28. Final Sale ⭐️
  29. Underwater ⭐️
  30. The Turning ½

Stand out movies in January for me were 1917, A Quiet Place (just took me totally by surprise with how it was done) and Lady Bird.

I’ll be posting about the February 2020 Viewing Challenge separately, but if you want to get started watching themed movies, be thinking Valentine’s Day and romance films and you’ll be right on track.

Regal Cinemas Switching From Coca Cola to Pepsi Products in Spring 2020 Causes Some Soda Fan Unrest

Do you prefer Pepsi or Coca-cola?

From red to blue in the neverending battle over the dominant sugar water.

Regal Cinemas will be the first of the big three cinema chains to split from Coca Cola and go with Pepsi products starting in Spring 2020.

it ended the exchange with a movie poster-style announcement that Pepsi products would be coming to Regal Cinemas this spring.

One of America’s Biggest Movie Theater Chains Is Switching to Pepsi and People Aren’t Happy | Food & Wine

Personally, I prefer Pepsi over Coke, but am OK with either choice, so this is a non-event for me. However, I know fans are passionate one way or the other. This could have negative implications for some Regal customers who switch to AMC or Cinemark (if they also have those theaters in their area, of course).

I also like the idea that one brand doesn’t dominate all three major theater chains. In the spirit of business competition — which ultimately is best for customers — having a split between the soda brands in the major theaters is good.

For me the taste of Coke has a little more bite to it than Pepsi, hence the reason I like it better. Also, I prefer 7-up to Sprite for the same reason. Coca-cola products tend to have an edgier taste to them. Again, I can drink either products, but prefer Pepsi.

Which do you prefer, Pepsi or Coca-cola? Why?