Regal movie theater at SC’s Richland Mall closes permanently

The Regal Columbia 7 movie theater at Richland Mall has closed its doors.

The Regal Columbia 7 movie theater at Richland Mall has shut its doorways.

The curtain has closed at a longtime Columbia-location film theater.

The Regal Columbia 7 at the Richland Shopping mall at 3400 Forest Drive in Forest Acres is completely closed, for every a message to clients posted on its door.

“We deeply regret to advise you this locale is now permanently closed,” the be aware suggests. It asks patrons to check out one particular of the other three Regal Cinemas in the spot, like the Regal Sandhills in the northeast, the Columbiana Grande near Harbison Boulevard, or the Regal Northlake Village in Lexington.

Showtimes are no lengthier mentioned for the Regal Columbia 7 on the company’s website or app, and movie posters have been taken off from the mild bins outside the cinema.

The theater’s closure was initial documented by The Put up and Courier.

The Condition remaining a information with Regal’s company place of work.

The Columbia 7, which has seven screens, was special in its spot, in that it was positioned on the rooftop of Richland Shopping mall. It in the beginning opened in March 1990 and was then owned by Litchfield Theatres. A newspaper ad from March 1990 touted it at the time as “South Carolina’s most exceptional theatre” and told clients, “You’ve noticed the rest, now see the finest!”

Films that performed that 1st weekend included “The Hunt for Crimson Oct,” “Driving Overlook Daisy” and “Ski Patrol,” amid other individuals. (This reporter’s initially go to to the rooftop theater was in the summer season of 1991. A Saturday night time sneak preview of “The Rocketeer.”)

The closure of the film theater arrives on the heels of the information that Richland Mall, which has very long struggled to manage tenants, is remaining explored for redevelopment. The mall is below agreement to be offered, but officers have cautioned that the deal is in its infancy. If marketed, the residence could be redeveloped into a combined-use undertaking with residences, retail, place of work area and much more.

A Belk office keep and Barnes & Noble bookstore stay open at the mall.

Sarah Ellis contributed to this tale.

This tale was initially published February 9, 2022 11:47 AM.

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Chris Trainor has been working for newspapers in South Carolina for additional than 17 many years, including prior stops at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Totally free Situations. He is the winner of quite a few South Carolina Push Affiliation awards, together with honors in column creating, govt defeat reporting, profile producing, food creating, election protection and extra.

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