Known as one of the most turbulent movie theaters in the city—we’ve all heard about the bedbugs at this point—Regal UA Court Street theater is permanently closed after 20 years in business.
The theater was a commonplace for screaming children, flying food, and cleanliness way below par. Yet, some locals still found the spot charming in its own way.
According to Brooklyn Magazine, the closure was abrupt, as showtimes suddenly disappeared from the website and a closure sign was posted on the box office.
The last screenings were on Sunday, January 16th and they went out exactly how you might expect—in mayhem. Movie goers took to Twitter explaining the series of events from someone puking to a full on fistfight breaking out.
Someone puked and a fistfight broke out during 5CREAM at final night of Regal Court St — rest in power, king
— C. Mason Wells (@cmasonwells) January 17, 2022
And though it wasn’t the nicest theater, New Yorkers are still grieving the neighborhood staple, as one New Yorker tweeted, “Regal was a dump but it was OUR dump.”
Court Street Regal movie theater suddenly closing permanently is hitting me hard.
RIP the legend.
Regal was a dump but it was OUR dump. Devastating news.
My childhood 💕🙏
— DRO (@drodegennaro) January 18, 2022
I have so so many stories of every film I've seen, snuck into, got in trouble for seeing, bonded with family over, made friendships from, etc. So much of my life was spent in Regal Court Street. It wasn't a perfect theater but man it was my first ever second home.
— Rendy Jones (@Rendy_Jones) January 17, 2022
Damn, Regal movie theater on Court street is closed 4 good. Madddd memories there.
— Kyn🌟 (@askboutkyn) January 18, 2022
According to Brooklyn Magazine, a redevelopment might transform the theater into a mall after “internet sleuths” discovered a building proposal.
And though it’s closure brings on much nostalgia, movie goers will still be able to catch the latest flicks at other nearby theaters.