Chesterfield Towne Center 9

11500 Midlothian Turnpike,
Richmond, VA 23235

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Previously operated by: Regal Entertainment Group, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Previous Names: The Movies at Chesterfield Towne Center

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This nine-screen multiplex opened in a newly constructed section of the Chesterfield Towne Center mall on January 27, 1989 with a line-up of “The Accidental Tourist,” “Rain Man”, “Twins”, “Working Girl”, “Talk Radio”, “Physical Evidence”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Cameron’s Closet”.

The mall and United Artists paid “a six-figure amount” to Cineplex Odeon to break Odeon’s lease on the three-screen Chesterfield Cinemas at the other end of the mall (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The two complexes operated in competition for about six weeks.

The box office and theatre entrance faced directly onto the mall’s food court, and it had no independent entrance from the exterior. In its early years, the complex used a classical music program for its non-sync between-show music and staged weekly midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

In 2002 United Artists, including this theatre, was acquired by Regal. Regal closed the theatre in May 2007 and it was effectively replaced with the freestanding Westchester Commons Stadium 16 located further west on Midlothian Turnpike.

The mall annex was demolished and a new building now occupied by Barnes and Noble was built in the space.

Contributed by Matthew Weiner

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accordion321 on September 25, 2021 at 7:13 am

On weekends this theater had a huge problem with crossovers & sneak-ins from teenage mall patrons, combined with disinterested fire code enforcement - crowds weren’t particularly unruly but busy movies would sell the auditorium down to the last seat which is a problem when you also have 50+ non-ticketed viewers in popular shows. I had the “pleasure” of sitting through Titanic from the very front row here. A more positive experience was the first Friday night show of Star Wars Special Edition when in addition to the sold-out seating there were easily 100 people sitting in aisles, leaning against the walls, and standing in the back of the auditorium behind the last row of seats - the only movie I’ve seen that felt like a packed rock concert.

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