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Regal Cinemas closes in Eagan; will come back under new owner

The 16-screen cinema had its last day on Thursday.
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The Regal Cinemas 16 has closed down in Eagan, but residents of the city won't have to do without a movie theater for long.

The 16-screen theater at 2055 Cliff Road had its final day on Thursday, per Patch, and has been put up for sale for $8.25 million.

The closure comes a week ahead of the release of "The Avengers: Endgame," which has the potential to become the highest-grossing movie in history.

The Eagan theater was the only Regal cinema remaining in Minnesota, with the Brooklyn Center Stadium 20 theater closing in 2017 to make way for what is now Top Golf.

But Eagan will be keeping its cinema, with another chain – Emagine – stepping in to revamp and re-open the theater later this year.

In planning documents due to be discussed by the Eagan Planning Commission Tuesday evening, Emagine will refurbish the cinema, reducing the number of available seats as it switches to the "luxury" viewing experience it has introduced at its other Minnesota theaters.

The number of screens will also be reduced from its current 16, which will help make space for a 12-lane axe-throwing facility.

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Emagine also wants to add three new buildings that would provide space for a retailer (complete with patio space and liquor license), and two restaurants with drive-thru service and patio seating.

The operators of those spaces have not yet been identified, but all three will have a liquor license.

Here's a look at the revamped theater, which is set to open this fall.

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