The Downtown Regal is being seriously overhauled, Graelyn Brashear writes in C-Ville Weekly. It will no longer be a Regal, and its owner and her new business partner are going to add a restaurant and cocktails. The owner of Violet Crown Cinema in Austin (it gets 4 stars on Yelp) wants to make this the second location in what he hopes will become a nationwide chain of such places. Regal’s 15-year lease recently ran out, not long after they managed to drive Vinegar Hill out of business by moving to showing mostly independent films. The new facility is slated to open by November.
LexisNexis has sold their downtown Charlottesville building, the Daily Progress reports. A holding company bought the property for $9.3M. Lexis built the structure 22 years ago to replace their facility on Market Street (rechristened the Old Michie Building by Gabe Silverman). Lexis has slowly laid off hundreds of employees over the course of years, and they’re now down to just 175 people. They’re leasing back space in the building from the new owner, and claim that they have no plans to shut down the Charlottesville office.
The Carmike six-screen theater on 29N is closing down, Graelyn Brashear reports for C-Ville Weekly. It became a $1.50 second-run theater a year ago, but that only stalled its demise briefly. That leaves Charlottesville an all-Regal town, with their six-screen theater on the Downtown Mall and their fourteen-screen theater in the Stonefield development.