UA Movies @ Regency
Southside Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: UA Movies @ Regency Square
This theatre was located near Southside Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard. Just about a half mile from the Regency Mall. It was a popular first run location until Cinemark opened Tinseltown about 4 miles away in 1998. In 1999, AMC began building a 24 screen megaplex behind the Regency Mall which had once stood an AMC 14 screen complex.
This theatre struggled, as most UA theatres were doing during the huge building spree going on in the industry where UA seemed to sit it out for the most part. After the UA bankruptcy the theatre closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2004.
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This web page has many items from the December 9, 2002, issue of The Florida Times-Union, one of which concerns a proposed project on the site of the UA Regency. The theater building was 33,405 square feet on a 6.3 acre parcel, and the address the item gives is 9333 Atlantic Boulevard. The UA Regency was replaced by a Circuit City store, now also closed, and other retail shops, all in new construction.
I have doubts that this UA house was called the Regency I & II. Regency I & II is what Boxoffice called the ABC-Florida State Theatres house at the northeast corner of Regency Square Mall, which is listed at Cinema Treasures as the Regency Twin. It was opened in 1968 or 1969 as a single-screen theater, and closed in 1989 or 1990.
I think the UA Regency might have started out as an 8-screen theater that was later expanded to 12 screens. Its actual name might have been UA Regency Plaza, which is on a list of theaters from a company called Universal Cinema Services. Another 8-screen Jacksonville house on the list was called Movies at Regency Square. The name Regency was used way too often for theaters in Jacksonville. It makes for a lot of confusion.
As an 8 screen theater it was called UA Movies@ Regency Square. After the rebuild to 12 screens they dropped the square part. I was a manager there during the early 90’s.
The Regency 1 and 2 were in the parking lot of the mal on the east side. Two huge theaters. They were remodeled to a 4 screen. Then closed when AMC started building their parking lot theater (they already had a 6 screen in the mall at that time.
Thanks for the clarification, Anthoney.