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Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live Opening Tuesday

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 26, 2009, at 10:54PM
Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Regal Cinema's Stadium 14 at L.A. Live opens on Tuesday with screenings of "Michael Jackson's This is It." Construction work was sped up to open the venue two weeks early for the film.

It's hard to believe, but the opening of L.A. Live's 14-screen Regal Cinemas could be just the third-biggest event scheduled for the entertainment complex on Tuesday.

Three hours before the cinema makes its 9pm debut, Nokia Theatre hosts the world premiere for "Michael Jackson's This Is It," and just one hour after that the Lakers and Clippers open their seasons in a head-to-head showdown at Staples Center.

Over a longer term, though, the 3,772 seat theater complex is a pretty big deal.

On Monday evening, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Jan Perry joined officials from AEG and Regal Cinemas in a ribbon cutting for the complex. The venue will hold its first screenings on Tuesday, and we thought it was worth putting together a guide to what Downtowners should expect.

LOCATION: The theater is part of the L.A. Live complex, but is located behind the hotel tower. The main entrance is at Olympic and Georgia.

TICKET PRICES: $11 for regular adult tickets. $8.75 for matinee screenings. $8.50 for children and seniors. $10 for students. Toss in another $3.50 for 3D screenings.

Tickets can be purchased online through Regal partner Fandango or at the Box Office. The box office phone number is 213-763-6071.

SPLIT LEVEL: Screens are split onto two floors, with a mezzanine between. Screens 2-7 are on the ground floor, with screens 8-14 up above. Screen 1, the 806-seat Regal Premiere House, sits off by itself and has entrances off of all three levels.

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED: The Regal will not offer assigned seating, at least when it opens.

CONCESSIONS: It's your standard snack bar fare. The menu is a little confusing at first, until you realize each item includes its calorie count.

There's a large concession stand off the main three-story lobby, and a smaller one on the second floor near the high-numbered screens.

PARKING: You live Downtown and plan to walk, right? If not, there are two options for parking on-site. The lot across Olympic from the theater is labeled Cinema Parking, and offers 4 hours of validated parking for $5. That can be extended with a second validation from an L.A. Live restaurant. Validated parking is also available in the West Garage, but not the East Garage.

THIS IS IT: The theater is opening with wall-to-wall screenings of "Michael Jackson's This Is It." All 14 screens will show the film for the opening weekend, with showings starting every ten minutes much of the day on Wednesday.

The first non-MJ screenings aren't set yet.

HIGH-TECH: An emphasis was put on technology in the theater design. Digital projection throughout, and four screens support 3D projection.

PREMIERES: The Regal Premiere House, with 806 seats and a two-part curtain, aims to take premiere business away from Hollywood and Westwood. First up is the Sony sci-fi drama "2012" on Tuesday, November 3. Georgia street can be closed off for red carpets and limo drops, and the Premiere House is separated enough from the rest of the screens to allow other showings to continue.

DOWNTOWN NIGHT: Details are still sketchy, but the Regal will be holding an open house for Downtowners on Monday, November 2. Films will be free, though they won't be first-run.


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