While the current theater has new carpeting in the lobby area, the concession stand remains familiar. For a time Kihei was without a theater. That is, until very recently. The seats were all the same plush cushions with plastic armrests and cup holders. Regency Theatres, a mainland company, is owned and operated by Lyndon Golin. Change happens, but people continue to seek the latest releases on the big screen. Now sporting updated chairs with button-controlled reclining and leg stands, as well as swivelling food trays, the theater brings homey comfort to audiences trying to catch the latest film releases.

It still has the unique cylindrical style, where a person enters in on one side, orders the their goods, and then walks around to the cashier at the end. But business models may have to change. This reporter fondly remembers this theater, where once a young man wondered in to a smaller screen and saw the first Alien movie Ridley Scott had made in 33 years, Prometheus. The seats were all the same plush cushions with plastic armrests and cup holders. Then the theater was just closed — gone, like Oceans night club. That is, until very recently.

Regency Theatres, a mainland company, is owned and operated by Lyndon Golin. Someone is working to fill Kukui Mall again. Those highlighted halls with golden lanterns and wonderful upholstery represented the frontier of cinema. It became a husk when it got all the not-so-great hits. The old theater closed due to a dry spell caused by a mall of viewers and a generally poor summer and winter film menagerie.

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Indeed, the way theaters were before may never exist again. T he Kukui Mall theater has been closed for some time.

But business models may have to change. Thank goodness and hallelujah.

It still has the unique cylindrical style, where a person enters in on one side, orders the their goods, and then walks around to the cashier at malll end. If this is the face of a revival in cinema brands across America then all that can be said is: The new theater follows a similar standard to the Maui Mall Megaplex, with plushy cushions and smooth floors as opposed to carpet.

Change happens, but people continue to seek the latest moovie on the big screen.

I recall when The Avengers first came out and the theater was full with a line going out of the box office, all the way through the parking lot, and into South Kihei Road. Keeping with the times and giving residents a reason to watch something not on Netflix, Maui Megaplex and the Kihei Regency have both upgraded their theater seats to be button-controlled recliners and changed the way people watch movies.

Then, Hollywood hit a dry spell with not-so-great box office blunders, and the Kukui theater felt the loss.

For a time Kihei was without a theater. The new cinema is packed with a new and loud sound system, redone upholstery and wall lanterns, and those great reclining chairs that go all the way back with the nice pivoting food tray.

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We felt it would be good to serve that side of the island. The seats were all the same plush cushions with plastic armrests and cup holders. That is, ,ukui very recently. With all the closed doors in that shopping center, Kihei residents can rest time Now sporting updated chairs with button-controlled reclining and leg stands, as well as swivelling food trays, the theater brings homey comfort to audiences trying to catch the latest film releases.

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Even the Local Motion outlet, long standing alone in the Kukui Mall parking lot, has since closed its doors. While the current theater has new carpeting in the lobby area, the concession stand remains familiar. A mainland company, Regency Theatres, refurbished and renovated the old theater and is currently showing movies at the classic spot. This reporter fondly remembers this theater, where once a young man wondered in to a smaller screen and saw the first Alien movie Ridley Scott had made in 33 years, Prometheus.

Then the theater was just closed — gone, like Oceans night club. Signal, email and US Postal February 25, Many shops at Kukui Mall met the same fate in and later on.