There are plenty of places in San Diego to watch the third presidential debate Wednesday night as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the final time before Election Day.
Regal Cinemas, for instance, will host free, live screenings of the debate across 206 movie theaters nationwide, including two locations in San Diego County: Regal Oceanside Stadium 16 (401 Mission Ave.) and UA Horton Plaza 8 at Westfield Horton Plaza (475 Horton Plaza).
The debate watch party at the theaters begins at 6 p.m. PT when Clinton and Trump take the podiums from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Attendees who purchase popcorn during the screening session get a free small soft drink, Regal Cinemas says. The company hosted similar screenings of the last presidential debate at movie theaters across the nation. For a full list of participating Regal Cinemas airing Wednesday night’s debate, click here.
Some local Edwards theaters will also screen the debate, including Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 (10733 Westview Parkway) and Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18 (1180 W. San Marcos Blvd.).
Meanwhile, the Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain, located at 11620 Carmel Mountain Rd., will also screen the debate with a watch party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge and outdoor patio.
Both the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego Mesa College are also hosting debate watch events, urging students to closely study the “civility of the candidates” as Trump and Clinton go head-to-head, said Carl Luna, Ph.D, a professor of politican science at San Diego Mesa College.
Immigrant and refugee groups will also gather for a 6 p.m. debate viewing party organized by Alliance San Diego at the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD) located at 7050 Eckstrom Ave.
This event includes members of the ICSD, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and MAS-PACE (Muslim American Society). After the debate, the group will host an informal discussion with community members centered on the topics of immigration and refugees, expected to be addressed during the debate between Trump and Clinton.
A California media coordinator for the Donald Trump campaign says several restaurants will hold debate viewing parties hosting Trump supporters Wednesday night including Hooley’s Irish Pub in La Mesa (5500 Grossmont Center Dr.), Round Table Pizza in Oceanside (3440 Marron Rd.) and the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista (88 L. St.). The local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans will also hold a viewing party for the debate at Uptown Tavern (1236 University Ave.).
As you get ready for tonight's debate, here's a viewer's guide to the showdown.