In a shock to movie lovers, Regal Cinemas Sherwood, located at 15995 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road, has closed its doors, effective Thursday, Sept. 15.
The theater announced its closure Thursday afternoon with a brief message on its website.
"Regal Sherwood will be closed as of Thursday, September 15," the message reads. "We hope you check out our Regal Bridgeport Village location."
A spokesperson for the theater chain, Richard Grover, provided the following statement.
"Regal has made the decision to close our theatre located in Sherwood," Grover said. "We are working to support our employees through this transition, and we thank them for helping to make us the best place to watch a movie. Our other Regal theatres, including Bridgeport Village, Tigard and Wilsonville, remain open and are operating as usual. We look forward to continuing to serve our guests and members at these locations and providing them with the most memorable cinema experiences."
Efforts to reach out to the owners or operators of the Sherwood Regal Cinemas for comment were not successful.
News reports indicate that Regal Cinemas' owner plans to cut theater leases at various locations in the United States through a bankruptcy process.
According to Cinematreasures.org, the Sherwood theater first opened on March 17, 2000.
In an email, Sherwood Mayor Keith wrote, "You never want to see any Sherwood business close, be it locally owned or part of a national company."
Mays continued, "The first community meeting I ever attended was at the planning commission hearing for the then-proposed ACT III Theater. Sherwood is four times larger today vs. 1997 with even more families a few short miles away. I think we still need a movie theater, so I hope another theater company comes to town to utilize that building."
Bruce Coleman, Sherwood's economic development manager, said, "Certainly, a theater is a community gathering space, so we're really disappointed to see their closing as a result of the bankruptcy."
Coleman added, "We are going to be working hard with the existing property owner and their representatives to work to try to identify the appropriate reuse of the space, the repositioning of the space. Those contacts have already started to be made."
The theater will be "sorely" missed, said Matt Langer, a prominent local business owner whose family owns extensive properties in Sherwood.
"We loved having them in the community," Langer said. "They're next-door neighbors, basically, to my parents, the house I grew up in. My family loves going to the theater. But if they have to leave, we understand. It's a business decision, but they will be missed."
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