How Regal Cinemas’ Film Industry Struggles Could Impact Knoxville

to play

It seems that television production gets all the attention in Knoxville, while the impact of the film industry too often goes unnoticed. Now, the future of the film industry in Knoxville is uncertain.

Of course, Scruffy City isn’t a prime destination for actors, stunt performers, or movie directors. But when it comes to showing a movie, the Knoxville-based company Regal Cinemas has you covered – in a wide variety of ways.

Regal is owned by British company Cineworld, which is considering filing for bankruptcy amid the slow return of consumers to theaters. But Regal, which closed its theaters and laid off 40,000 staff when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, is open for business as usual.

As this week’s episode of ‘The Scruffy Stuff’ podcast examines the future of the movie industry as a whole, co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Brenna McDermott also consider how Knoxville might feel the impacts of Cineworld’s struggles. .

Coming to a Knoxville theater near you: $3 movie tickets for one day

Want an apartment in Knoxville? : Why You Better Look Almost Anywhere Else

Every Regal Theater in Knoxville is unique, whether it’s in the heart of Gay Street or Downtown West, where obscure movies get their moment in the spotlight. Then there’s Cinebarre, which brings additional dining and nightlife to the cinematic experience, while the flagship Pinnacle Theater in Turkey Creek serves as a blueprint for theaters of the future, featuring all the latest technology, from 4DX to ScreenX. .

While the flagship Turkey Creek theater is unlikely to be closed, Regal is likely valuing all of its real estate, including theaters in East Tennessee. The Scruffy Stuff team shares some of their biggest ideas on how to make the theater experience more engaging in Knoxville and beyond.

Pictures: Regal’s Pinnacle Cinema has a futuristic look

After: Who will buy the Discovery campus now that it is for sale? Look outside of Knoxville

Owning a Regal Unlimited movie theater pass in Knoxville gives you the most bang for your buck, but not all markets enjoy the same perks as the company’s hometown.

It’s important to note that Knoxville’s status as a movie town goes beyond Regal. Independent theater Central Cinema is alive and thriving, and a second drive-in cinema less than 30 minutes’ drive away opened last year – and that’s only scratching the surface.

Tune in to this week’s episode on Spotify, Apple or wherever you like to listen for even more ways Knoxville is taking advantage of the silver screen and whether Regal can rise to its current challenges.

You can also listen to the episode in the podcast player below.

The Scruffy Stuff: listen and learn!

While Knox News is the best place to find the latest downtown news, “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast is the perfect place to hear newsroom pundits and guests take the conversation further.

Weekly episodes answer your burning questions about downtown Knoxville and cover a variety of topics, from business to lifestyle trends in the heart of the city – basically, anything and everything under the Sunsphere.

Episodes air each Monday from downtown journalist and host Ryan Wilusz, as well as visual journalist and producer Calvin Mattheis.

Joining the co-hosts of Growth and Development Editor Brenna McDermott and other newsroom staff, whose specialties range from the University of Tennessee to local politics, are the broadcast.

I have an idea? Want to be featured?

Between episodes, you can reach out to Ryan with comments and your own questions about downtown Knoxville. The questions could become an episode and your views could just be shared on the show.

Contact Ryan at and be sure to follow him on Instagram @knoxscruff. You can also follow Knox News on Instagram @knoxvillephoto.