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The downtown theater has been a College Station anchor tenant since 2008.
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The downtown theater has been a College Station anchor tenant since 2008.

Regal's downtown movie theater closing

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A downtown Springfield movie theater that traces its roots back to 2008 is closing for business.

Officials with Regal College Station announced on Facebook that the 415 W. College St. theater would have its last day in business on Jan. 5.

"We want to thank you for all of your support over the years as your downtown theater," the post reads. "We have loved getting to know you and seeing the smiles on your faces as you experience the thrill of movies over the years."

The post does not specifically state why the theater is closing, but it points to Regal Northstar in Joplin as the next closest location.

Cineworld, the U.K. parent company of Regal Cinemas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States last year, according to media reports. Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. had planned to buy some of the company's theaters out of bankruptcy, but discussions came to an end without a deal in place, national media have reported.

At least 12 other Regal locations have closed amid bankruptcy proceedings, entertainment news website reports.

The downtown Springfield attraction opened as Hollywood Theaters in late 2008 at the College Station retail development, according to past reporting. Regal purchased Hollywood Theaters in 2013, though the branding on the downtown theater still carries the latter company's name.

With Regal's closure, Springfield's remaining movie theaters are Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Springfield 11 and Moxie Cinema, also located downtown.

Alamo Drafthouse entered the market in 2017 after taking over the shuttered Campbell 16 Cine operated by Wehrenberg Theatres, according to past reporting.


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