Regency Cinemas

550 Contra Costa Boulevard,
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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This small multiplex (five screens) opened on August 17, 1973 in Pleasant Hill, CA. A sixth screen was later added by Regency. It has since closed (I believe sometime in the 1990’s). The first line up looked as follows:

1)“Tom Sawyer”

2)“Forty Carats”

3)“The Neptune Factor”

4)“The Mackintosh Man”

5)“Live and Let Die”

Contributed by Robert Merk

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RobertR on January 29, 2005 at 6:47 pm

I think this may have been the Tom Sawyer that played Radio City Music Hall starring Johnny Whitaker. I think it was Readers Digest that produced it.

scottfavareille on February 1, 2005 at 5:42 pm

Readers Digest also produced a “musical” version of Huckleberry Finn—Both films shared much of the cast.

sdoppie on February 14, 2005 at 2:22 am

The Regency cinemas, which sat at the edge of a shopping center anchored by a Toys R us and Target, closed during a remodeling of the shopping center that brought in new tennants. Rumor has it, there was a dispute involving the parking lot, where the theater could no longer use as much space as it had in the past. The theater subsequently closed, and was remodeled into a Lamps Plus. The entrance was relocated to the back of what was the theater, which faces a much smaller parking lot.

jfrentzen on May 12, 2005 at 3:16 am

The Regency opened as a companion five-plex to the Festival Cinemas in nearby Walnut Creek. The same company operated both theaters and the combined ten screens dominated the Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill-Concord area during the 1970s, giving Syufy’s Century a run for its money and signalling a decline for formerly high-end houses such as the Capri. The Regency was not as well-built as the Festival but at least it shared a single lobby for all of the screens.

rivest266 on August 6, 2021 at 9:36 pm

Grand opening ad posted. It opened on August 17th.

jwmovies on March 11, 2022 at 7:48 am

During its tenure, Regency added another screen. Please update 6 screens. It is identical to the Regency 6 in San Rafael (still open i might add) and the Festival 6 in Hayward (until it blew up to 9 screens!).

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