Regal Continental closes; Elvis comes back as Sonora Cinemas

The Regal Continental is no more.

The popular multiplex, located just south of Hampden Avenue and Interstate 25, has seemingly fallen victim to bankruptcy closures by its parent company, Regal Cinemas, which were announced in January as part of a company-wide restructuring.

At the time, owner Cineworld said the closures would include two of the company’s Colorado-based theaters — Meadows Stadium 12 in Littleton and SouthGlenn Stadium 14 in Centennial — out of 39 total planned closures. While the SouthGlenn location continues to sell tickets to daily screenings, there are no showtimes for Littleton’s Meadows Stadium 12.

And now, Regal Continental’s website has gone dark, with no new movie listings as of this week. A sign on its door says: “Thank you! It has been our pleasure to serve you at this theater. Regal Continental is now closed,” according to 9News.

Representatives for Regal Cinemas and owner Cineworld did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Cineworld Group LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September as it deals with billions of dollars in debt and lower-than-expected attendance at screenings, The Denver Post has reported.

The loss of Regal Continental, one of the metro area’s first large-screen houses that predated modern IMAX screens, chops the company’s local movie theaters down from 10 at the beginning of the year to seven. On social media, former Denver residents such as Rian Johnson — director of “Glass Onion” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — mourned the loss of its giant screens that hosted thousands of dazzling movie premieres.

“God, so many memories,” Johnson wrote on Twitter before mentioning the opening weekend for 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

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