Regal Cinema in Bethesda to Close Doors This Month

Regal Cinema in Bethesda to Close Doors This Month

Theater, other businesses clear out of Apex Building as demolition nears

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The existing Apex Building in Bethesda

AARON KRAUT

The Regal multiplex cinema in Bethesda is shutting down later this month to make way for the Apex Building's demolition.

The theater is one of several businesses emptying out of the 7272 Wisconsin Ave. structure that developers are looking to replace with high rises and the Purple Line station. The theater’s final movie showings will take place Dec. 15, Regal manager Drew Jenkins said Tuesday.

The Brown Bag, an eatery that has served sandwiches and salads at Apex for 14 years, is making its exit Dec. 16, according to store manager Vincent Natali. He said other businesses have already relocated.

The developers that own Apex plan to tear it down in the springtime, but the exact dates haven’t been determined, local land use attorney Robert Harris said. Harris, who represents Carr Properties, confirmed that Apex occupants have started to leave the complex of offices and stores.

Natali said the five Brown Bag employees at his store will be transferred to other locations in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

“There are a lot of sad people because most of our customers are regulars,” he said.

Carr is working with the county and state to construct an underground station for the Purple Line. Above ground, the developer plans to erect a 350,000-square-foot office building and two residential towers with up to 500 units.

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