Last year when Regal Cinemas opened the Barkley 16-screen cinemas, I was impressed. The building was new and beautiful, the theaters spacious. I was also happy to find out that Bellis Fair cinemas were to become "second-showing" theaters, with $4 tickets on weekends. As a student putting myself through college, this has been an economical way to enjoy a theater experience or to see movies before they hit Redbox.
Now Regal Cinemas has announced they will be closing the Bellis Fair outlets to make way for a restaurant and more retail space. And theatergoers won't have the option to decide the middle of the cost versus wait time spectrum (Barkley, Bellis Fair, home rental) for any particular movie.
For example, to see "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with a couple of friends this coming Saturday night, I'd have to shell out $15, or $17 for the IMAX 'experience' (fandango.com). Right now I have the choice to wait a few weeks and pay $4 for a Saturday night showing at Bellis Fair Cinemas. But in a few months, that will not be the case, and going to the movies will become an even rarer treat.
Tiffany Holden of Bellingham, via Letters to the Editor
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