Regal Cinemas Bids Farewell to Downtown Bethesda

Multiplex cleared out Thursday to set stage for Apex Building’s redevelopment


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Paper covers the front doors at downtown Bethesda's Regal theater, which closed on Thursday.

Bethany Rodgers

The silver screens inside Bethesda’s Regal multiplex theater on Wisconsin Avenue went dark on Thursday.

All that was showing Friday was a message on the outdoor digital display: “Thank you Bethesda. We’ll miss you.”

The cinema’s departure is part of the ongoing exodus from the Apex Building, which is slated for demolition in the spring. The Brown Bag, a lunchtime hot spot in the 7272 Wisconsin Ave. building, was closing its doors Friday, and For Eyes is leaving Dec. 28, according to a store employee.

For Eyes manager Rehana Vaughn said it was sad to see businesses empty out, especially the theater that for years has anchored the building.

Developer Carr Properties plans to replace the Apex Building with high-rises and a station for the Purple Line, a 16.2-mile light-rail line that will connect Bethesda to New Carrollton.

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