Regal Theater’s Closing


The Regal Hollywood Theater on 6th Avenue of Topeka, Kansas opened in 2005. It was a successful theater for many years but was recently shut down, with the doors permanently closing on January 6, 2023. There was no reason given to the public as to why the theater was shut down. Although, it can be presumed this happened due to the arrival of a new theater. A press release from Cineworld also stated, “studios have been reluctant to release its pipeline of films”, which may have also resulted in the closing of the theater.

The Regal Theater temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a decrease in business after its reopening. The B&B Theatre was built in Topeka in the midst of the pandemic. This is when the Regal Theater began losing attention. The newer and fancier B&B Theatre became the go-to cinema for many Topekans. Starting in 2019, Regal’s business slowed, and in the following years, led to its closing. 

The Regal Cinema chain is now down to 5 theaters in Kansas, and have impacted nearly 40,000 employees all over the United States. Topeka’s Regal managers have moved to the location in West Ridge, and the employees were unfortunately let go.