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Hilo, HI: Regal Kress Cinemas 4 Closed

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 7:30 PM

The Regal Kress Cinemas 4 in Hilo, Hawaii closed on Friday, September 26, 2014.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald published an article recently about what caused the theater to close, and what will come of its space:

Discount movie theaters nationwide are closing their doors, and the Regal Kress Cinemas 4 in downtown Hilo appears to be a casualty of the changing business landscape for so-called second-run movie houses.

The theater closed Friday, and its space in the Kress Building at the corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Kalakaua Street will be occupied by Sure Foundation Hilo church.

The congregation will have its final services in Prince Kuhio Plaza on Sunday and will gather in its new Kress location Sunday, Oct. 5, with services at 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., according to the church’s website and Facebook page.

“It’s my understanding that discount theaters are closing around the nation because they show everything in 35-millimeter film,” said Evan Carmichael, who co-pastors Sure Foundation with his wife, Shinobu. “Now, a lot of the studios release everything (digitally). … It would probably have been a couple of months, if we hadn’t stepped in now, that it would have just gone dark.”

Ululani Dunaway, general manager of Kress Cinemas, confirmed Friday the theater’s final screenings were Thursday night, but declined further comment, directing the Tribune-Herald to parent company Regal Entertainment Group’s corporate office in Knoxville, Tenn.

Click the Read link to view the full article. Regal Entertainment Group took over operations in April 2013 from Hollywood Theaters.

Moviegoers in the area will need to visit the Hilo Palace Theatre or Regal Prince Kuhio 9 instead.

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