Theater opening to be five-day affair

Before Regal Cinemas holds a May 16 grand opening for its 13-screen theater at the Colonie Center —
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Before Regal Cinemas holds a May 16 grand opening for its 13-screen theater at the Colonie Center — possibly with a midnight screening of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” — the Knoxville, Tenn. movie giant will show sub-run films for charity fundraisers, a company spokesman said.

Regal spokesman Chad Browning said today that from May 12-14 Regal will show at the Colonie theater popular films that premiered months earlier. Proceeds from those showings will be donated to various charities.

On May 15, Regal will hold an invite-only ceremonial “ticket ripping,” a type of ribbon-cutting event. The Colonie theater is Regal’s first all-digital theater in the Northeast.

The theater is the final piece of a $110-million mall renovation, which Long Island co-owner Feldman Mall Properties started in November 2005. The Turner Construction Co. started work on the third-floor theater over the Colonie Center in July 2006.

The movie lineup for the charity screenings has not been finalized, Browning said.

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