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Regal closes Farragut theater
Farragut sales tax revenue source moves to Knoxville, Turkey Creek development


After almost 12 years of service to the Farragut area, Regal 10 Cinemas at Farragut Towne Square closed its doors permanently following its showings Thursday, July 14.

“Based on the terrific success we’ve experienced at our new location, the Pinnacle Stadium Eighteen at Turkey Creek, we made the decision to close our Farragut theater,” said Dick Westerling, senior vice president of marketing and advertising with Regal Cinemas. “We’d been evaluating that situation for several months and we waited until the opening of the new theater to finalize our decision.”


Opening July 30, 1993, Regal 10 featured 1,986 seats with 10 screens. By comparison, the recently opened Pinnacle 18 Stadium, located just over three miles east of Regal 10 on Parkside Drive, features more than 4,000 seats with 18 screens.

Tied up in a lease through 2013 with Horne Properties LLC, owners of the Regal 10 property, Westerling said, “we are currently in discussions with the landlord to decide the future of that location,” adding, “we do not intend to operate the theater” in any manner.

Matt Sepaniak, asset manager of Horne Properties, said they were informed of Regal’s decision “less than a week” before the theater closed. “They were a good tenant and we hate to see them leave, but we understand,” Sepaniak said. Doug Horne, owner of Horne Properties LLC, also owns farragutpress.

Showing up on the final day, a few long-time Regal 10 moviegoers expressed disappointment while praising the Farragut Towne Square theater.

Karl Meeb said he and his wife, Lorrie, averaged one trip a week to Regal 10 for “three, four years” from their home in Tellico Village. Their final Regal 10 movie to see was “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

“It’s a great theater, we’re sorry it’s closing,” Karl Meeb said. “The Pinnacle is nice, too. We had talked to the manager earlier and he said it’s all good for the company.”

Lorrie Meeb added, “This is our neighborhood movie [theater], we really like it. Everybody here is so polite and really cares about the patrons. It’s just nice to come here.”

Among the high school students was Cory Williams, a rising senior at Seymour High School, who said he drove all the way from Sevier County because “they’re nice,” adding he’s been to Regal 10 “five or six” times previously.

Monique Cornett of Lenoir City brought her son, Michael, 11, to see “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” Cornett said she and her family have been coming to Regal 10 “for at least seven years, at least once a month,” adding, “we’ll miss it. It’s just a small atmosphere, it’s always been a nice, little theater.”

 

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