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Regal Joins Upscale Theater Trend

    Note from author Robert Marich. Movie theater operators find growth prospects in tapping upscale audiences with premium services, such as Regal’s PR below about two of its theaters adding booze and expanded food to its concessions. National Amusement operates upscale theaters called Cinema De Lux theaters in six states. The unique name brands these separately from NA’s normal multiplexes. Finally, Australian multinational Village Roadshow will build some super-premium U.S. theaters with ticket prices at $35, following a concept that worked in Australia (see “Super Luxury Theaters” March 26 elsewhere in this directory).

April 7 2008 -- KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that two existing Regal Entertainment Group theatres are going to be converted into Cinebarre theatres. Under the Cinebarre brand these locations will offer first-run films, an expanded menu including fresh pizzas and burgers along with a wide selection of beer and wine. The two locations announced are in the Denver and Charleston markets.

Locations to become Cinebarres:

United Artists Thornton Town Center 10, Denver

Regal Mount Pleasant Stadium 12, Charleston

“Regal Entertainment Group is proud to bring the Cinebarre concept to moviegoers in Denver and Charleston. This exciting entertainment option combines excellent food, drink and films in one location,” stated Dick Westerling, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Regal Entertainment Group. “These two theatres will continue the success which began with the original Cinebarre theatre in Asheville which opened last summer.”

The last day of regular operation for Regal Mount Pleasant Stadium 12 was Sunday, April 6. The last day for UA Thornton Town Center 10 will be Thursday, April 10. After these dates Cinebarre, LLC will begin the conversion of these facilities into cinema eateries.

Cinebarre, LLC is based in Asheville, NC where the first theatre opened at Biltmore Square. Based on performance of this concept, additional Regal, United Artists and Edwards theaters may become Cinebarres.

About Regal Entertainment Group

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world. The Company's theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 6,388 screens in 527 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Regal operates in all of the top 33 and 44 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations. Additional information is available on the Company's Web site at www.REGmovies.com.

About Cinebarre LLC

Cinebarre is a unique movie theater and restaurant concept serving food, beer and wine before and during the screening of popular first-run films, specialty programming and celebrity events. The menu contains top quality foods, including a selection of fresh handmade pizzas, burgers, and homemade desserts along with a connoisseur's selection of beer and wine. For more information about Cinebarre, visit www.cinebarre.com.