Movie theater at Bellis Fair to close, be replaced by store, restaurants

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 25, 2013 

The showing of second-run movies at Bellis Fair will be coming to an end as the mall makes plans to bring in new tenants.

MATT MCDONALD — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - The showing of second-run movies at Bellis Fair will be coming to an end as the mall makes plans to bring in new tenants.

General Growth Properties submitted a tenant improvement application to the city to demolish the movie theater at Bellis Fair and put in three retail tenant spaces.

The three spaces would be of different sizes: 10,765 square feet, 7,082 square feet and 2,527 square feet. The first is designated as a retail store, the second a restaurant, and the third a quick-service restaurant, according to the plans. The application did not indicate which companies would go into those spaces.

How long the Bellis Fair movie theater will remain open is unclear. Attempts to reach a spokesperson for Regal Cinemas, which operates the movie theater, were unsuccessful.

Jean Marohn, a spokeswoman at Bellis Fair, said she couldn't comment because plans are being finalized, except to say they expect to start the theater demolition project sometime in 2014.

The remodel is another step in a major makeover taking place at the mall. Bellis Fair had a grand reopening last week, showing off work that was done throughout the mall, including significant changes to the food court area. The multimillion-dollar project started last spring, coinciding with the mall's 25th anniversary.

Last December, when the 16-screen movie theater in Barkley opened, Regal Cinemas decided to close the Sehome and Sunset Square movie theaters. Spokeswoman Rachel Lueras said at the time that foot traffic and the family-friendly atmosphere were main factors for keeping the Bellis Fair theater open.

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