So Regal Theaters has announced they are planning a 16 screen theater in the new Winrock development link here
and I must say I am very torn on the idea. While I'm definetly not a Cinemark fan by any means, I do enjoy the idea of this theater continuing to pick away at what little crowds the Rio is still getting. When I worked for Century Theaters, customer service was at least mentioned in the training. The projectors were focused regularly, the theaters were genuinely cleaned nightly, outside food was allowed inside because if I brought a Big Mac to the theater I wasn't going to buy popcorn no matter what. Now Century is running like the Cinemark dollar theaters and that's not even close to a compliment.
Now I don't have a huge problem with Regal theaters, mainly the fact that they never really pushed the Cottonwood theater as an alternative to Rio annoyed me but at least at Cottonwood I have a good chance the screen will be in focus.
I'm only disappointed it's another big chain theater. Albuquerque deserves another indie theater to continue what the Guild and the SWFC have done. I'll love going to the IMAX for the big popcorn movies but why can't I see Frost/Nixon yet? Why didn't we get a chance to see Repo! A Genetic Opera.
*sigh* I miss you Madstone.