Regal UA High Ridge 8

12921 Indian School Road NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87112

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DanielTheMovieGod on September 27, 2023 at 8:57 pm

Flix Brewhouse just brought this building and expanded to have its grand opening around early 2024. The theater’s name is not confirmed yet.

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Scott Neff on January 4, 2023 at 10:32 am

I’m going out on a limb to say that if UA had the grand opening of this theater, then Commonwealth never operated it.

DanielTheMovieGod on January 3, 2023 at 11:44 am

The last movies they’ll be playing on this theater’s last day are Babylon (2022), Corsage (Actually the showing is a Thursday Preview showing since it’ll be playing in more theaters this weekend), Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Avatar: The Way of Water (2D & 3D), Violent Night, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and The Fabelmans.

DanielTheMovieGod on January 2, 2023 at 2:55 pm

Yeah, I don’t know what they mean by that.

m00se1111 on January 2, 2023 at 1:45 pm

Advertise Marketing Conditions?

DanielTheMovieGod on January 2, 2023 at 12:26 pm

Nevermind, the theater’s instagram account announced that this theater’s last day will be on January 5th due to Advertise Marketing Conditions.

DanielTheMovieGod on December 1, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Regal UA High Ridge 8 already made their new lease agreement with the company and landlord so it won’t close permanently in January at all.

DanielTheMovieGod on November 10, 2022 at 10:09 pm

Regal UA High Ridge 8 is expected to close no later than January 15, 2023 due to Regal/CineWorld’s bankruptcy and lease expected to be expired at that time.

DanielTheMovieGod on April 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Regal UA High Ridge 8 is going to reopen it’s doors on May 21st

dallasmovietheaters on May 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm

This theatre was announced in the summer of 1989 as A.O. “Tony” Rand was briskly trying to move to completion of Rand Theatres Circuit’s multiplexes in Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Florida, and New Mexico. De La Torre-Reinhart was the architectural firm used. It was one of three Rand Theatres scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 1989 in Albuquerque. Originally schedule to open December 15, 1989, the 1,833 seat facility was suspiciously devoid of concession stand(s) and projection equipment with one month to go to opening. And the news was not encouraging to moviegoers or the Rand Circuit.

Bad reports were circulating beginning with a lock-out of a cinema in Tennessee and that news spread to Texas with all locations locked for non-payment of everything ranging from lease payments, to utilities, to newspaper ads, to Hollywood studios for bookings, to sales tax revenue. This news traveled to the three New Mexico multiplexes just five days ahead of the Tramway’s grand opening on November 17, 1989 and a month before the Plaza del Norte and this location’s launch dates.

In about two weeks, the house of cards that was Rand Theatres Circuit tumbled as Rand’s Little Rock headquarters were locked along with the bedrock of the circuit’s theater locations in Arkansas. Finally, the Chicago and Florida locations appear to be the last of the Rand projects shut down with three ready to break ground and two in construction within Chicago-land and a completed facility in Palm Harbor, Florida which – like the High Ridge and its two cousins in Albuquerque – had no projection equipment or concession stands.

United Artists took on the theatre opening it as The United Artists 8 at High Ridge with a 94 FM Z-Rock pre-opening party on April 12, 1990. The Grand Opening was on April 13, 1990 with the films, “Crazy People,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Born on the 4th of July,” “My Left Foot,” “I Love You to Death,” and “Steel Magnolias.”

That gave the trivial distinction to High Ridge as the first of the three failed Rand theaters to launch. It was followed by Cinemark opening Movies West on December 14, 1990 and Hollywood Cinemas opening of Plaza at Paseo del Norte in May of 1991. Regal / UA carried its High Ridge into the decade of the 2020s.

And if you wondered what happened to the Rand family who ran the Rand Theatre Circuit, they went to jail for their theater scheme and learned their lesson by hatching a much more ambitious plan to bilk investors… but not in the film industry. This time they scammed oil and gas investors out of over $100 million landing them back in the pokey.