New Regal theater opens at Tikahtnu Commons

Regal Cinemas held a grand opening of its Tikahtnu Stadium 16 & IMAX theater at Tikahtnu Commons in northeast Anchorage on June 11.

Regal is packing 16 screens, including Alaska’s first IMAX, and more than 3,000 seats into this 72,000-square-foot, state-of-the art theater complex that features all-digital projection, RealD 3D capability and two party rooms. RealD is the cutting edge 3D movie technology used by the biggest blockbusters, including “Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Shrek Forever After” and “Toy Story 3.”

Tikahtnu Stadium 16 & IMAX opened its doors with special preview events on June 7, 8 and 10 and a grand opening on Friday, June 11. Audiences enjoyed $2 movies, $2 popcorn and $2 sodas all day June 7, 8 and 10 with all proceeds benefiting local charities.

Monday, June 7 showcased super-hero films sponsored by KTUU NBC 2 to support the Alaska State Firefighters Association. Tuesday, June 8 featured movies that were based upon popular books and sponsored by the Anchorage Daily News to benefit the United Way of Anchorage. And all movies on Thursday, June 10 were family friendly and sponsored by Clear Channel Radio Anchorage to support Wish Upon the North Star.

Regal’s Tikahtnu Stadium 16 & IMAX grand opening on June 11 featured first-run releases including “The A-Team,” “Karate Kid” and “Shrek Forever After 3D” in the IMAX theater. The opening included sweepstakes, giveaways and radio remotes and every paid admission on June 11-24 included free popcorn and soft drink. “Toy Story 3” in 3D opened in the IMAX theater on June 18.

The 70-foot-wide IMAX theater showcases Hollywood blockbusters and original documentary-style films projected on a specially-designed screen that is slightly curved and positioned to immerse the audience. The IMAX experience features exceptional image quality, proprietary digital surround sound and a patented theater geometry that makes audience members feel like they are in the movie.

CIRI and Oakland, Calif.-based retail developer Browman Development Co. broke ground in 2007 to start developing Tikahtnu Commons on 95 acres of CIRI land in northeast Anchorage. The project is growing into Alaska’s premier shopping and entertainment center, featuring major national retailers including Target, Kohl’s, The Sports Authority, Best Buy and Lowe’s. When completed, Tikahtnu Commons is expected to include 950,000 square feet and cost more than $100 million.