Bethesda Regal Cinemas may be demolished

BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) – The silver screen in Bethesda is now making headlines on the small screen.

The Regal Cinemas sit above the proposed Purple Line station, and county planners feel that it, along with the Apex building it occupies, are in the way.

"The plan with keeping with the Apex building works -- it's a functional plan, and the other one has numerous benefits associated with it,” explained Valdis Lazdis, Chief of Special Projects at the Montgomery County Planning Department.

These benefits include an underground platform free of clunky support beams and elevators better suited for mobility.

County planners recently met with building owners to discuss the idea of demolition – but no agreement was made.

"I think that's unfortunate, because I think that Bethesda Row is very much a walkable, nice family place to hang out, and I think that the theater here adds to that spirit," said Bethesda resident Nan Bischoff.

"We do need better commuting options -- anything that will help, I'm largely a fan of," added Joe King-Shaw, who works in Bethesda.

Planners agree that adding demolition will create a fresh slate for new, mixed-use construction. And they hope that years from now, whoever is sitting around the planning table is able to say that they made the right decision.

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