What would the world be without entertainment? In the daily grind of living life and making a living, those of us not in that particular industry need a respite and an escape from time to time. This is where Hollywood comes in, in all its glory and splendor to provide people with much-needed entertainment in the form of movies, television shows, music and so on. In the United States, the biggest provider of this is the Regal Entertainment Group, the theatre chain that owns and operates the country’s largest and most diverse cinema circuit. With 6,862 screens, 538 theatres in 43 of the 50 states, Regal has millions flocking to its doors annually, raking in billions in revenues. The Regal Group is the parent company of Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres and United Artists Theatres.
Regal began its history as a cinema in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1989. This small venture gained rapid success among viewers, allowing the company to begin building in nearby suburbans and evolving into a more high-end cinema compared to its rivals at the time. In the decade that followed, Regal Cinema expanded even further, acquiring smaller cinemas and building lavish multiplexes and cinemas throughout the country. Later on, the company was forced to go into bankruptcy, but re-emerged as a consolidation of Edwards and United Artists, bought by Philip Anschutz and headed by Mike Campbell and Kurt Hall.
Since Regal’s bounce-back, it has seen large-scale developments in its operations, including digital projection, in order to keep up with the new demands and advances of technology in entertainment, such as IMAX and 3D. In 2010, the company was able to launch its Regal Premium Experience, a fully upgraded theatre experience with 60-foot screens, surround sound system, lumen digital projectors and the ability to show all movie formats. Regal continues to surpass itself in providing American customers with the best in movie experiences, and has retained its top spot as America’s go-to cinema chain.