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As other Horton Plaza stops hang on, Regal movie theater closes its doors

Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Since a movie theater was first added to Horton Plaza in 1985, San Diegans downtown have had cinema options at their fingertips.

That is, until the plaza fell on tough times, as business slowed and patrons gained more options for retail and entertainment downtown.

The trend has now reached the plaza's Regal movie theater, which closed its doors this year. A sign posted on the entrance of the theater says the location was to close on Jan. 27.

Since then, Regal Theaters says theater-goers should visit the next closest location — Rancho Del Rey — to redeem discounted tickets or gift cards.

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The departure of the theater heralds the next phase planned for the once iconic shopping center, as only a few businesses remain.

Plans revealed last year show real estate firm Stockdale Capital Partners, which has purchased the property in 2018, has other ideas. A hub for mixed-use offices, retail, restaurants and a new name: The Campus at Horton.

The firm plans to use the center to cater to the tech industry, moving past the center's prime days as a shopping center and into a vision that includes green space, technology employers, and "captivating entertainment."

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Construction on Stockdale's project is expected to start this year, while the renovation is slated to be completed in fall 2020.