Regal Kapolei Commons previews new concession items
Regal Cinemas aims to attract both film buffs and foodies to the new Kapolei Commons 12 multiplex when it officially opens to the general public next week.
Moviegoers will experience a new level of comfort sitting in one of 1,290 luxury recliners with electric controls and adjustable food and beverage trays to keep snacks and drinks within reach. Theaters will feature “giant, wall-to-wall” screens of varying sizes, according to Regal officials, and a satellite-based system will deliver films for playback using high-resolution digital projection equipment.
In the lobby, guests will find elements of Hawaiian culture throughout the room. A custom lighting element recreates the stars over Hawaii’s northern skies, with plantation-style teak shutters as window treatments and fishnet-inspired graphics in the carpets.
The lobby is also where you’ll find an extensive menu of gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches, made-to-order pizza and fresh-baked desserts exclusive to the Kapolei complex. Sure, you can still try to smuggle in a package of kakimochi to go with an order of plain buttered popcorn and a soft drink, but Regal is confident the selection presented with the new menu will win Oahu residents over with locally-inspired flavors.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser got an exclusive first look inside Kapolei Commons 12 earlier this week when Regal hosted a small group of students from the University of Hawaii West Oahu’s Academy for Creative Media. They wrote and directed a short film, “West is Best,” that will make its public debut on Thursday.
On Tuesday, they previewed the trailer with Academy for Creative Media founder and director Chris Lee. But before they could kick back in the multiplex’s centerpiece, the Hale Ikua theater (translated from Hawaiian as “house of the loud and thunderous voice,” according to a Regal spokesperson), samples from the menu were brought out for photos and tasting.
The Off-the-Hook Combo ($7.99) is a sweet-and-salty combination of blondie brownie bites, Maui potato chips and popcorn drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce.
The Vietnamese-French Sandwich ($11.99 with Maui potato chips; add $1 for French fries) is Regal’s take on the traditional banh mi, with tender lemongrass chicken and pickled vegetables served on a fresh baguette and topped with cilantro.
The Paniolo Hot Dog ($7.59) is a mash-up of sweet and savory flavors built upon a fresh roll and Nathan’s Famous Angus beef hot dog. Start with bacon, sprinkle some chili flakes and drizzle sweet red chili sauce, then top with pineapple and cilantro. This one isn’t for the faint of heart!
Malasada Bites ($7.99) are house-made to order and dusted with cinnamon sugar.
Regal Cinemas partnered with local bakers Let Them Eat Cupcakes and The Hawaiian Pie Company to offer fresh cupcakes ($4.49) and Coco Mac Cookies ($6.99).