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Workers prepare the debate site ahead of the second presidential debate at Washington University, Friday in St. Louis. The town hall debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled for Sunday.
Workers prepare the debate site ahead of the second presidential debate at Washington University, Friday in St. Louis. The town hall debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled for Sunday. (John Locher / AP)

As a larger-than-life and unusually dramatic presidential race winds down, Regal Cinemas is betting Sunday's debate may be worth watching on the big screen.

The Abingdon Regal Cinema is among 206 Regal Cinema sites nationwide that will air the second showdown between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as it unfolds live. The movie chain is even offering viewers a small soda with any popcorn purchase to go along with the free showing.

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The Regal Cinema in Abingdon is on Constant Friendship Boulevard.

The second presidential debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. Unlike the first debate, where the candidates went head-to-head responding to questions from a moderator, Sunday's encounter will be in a "town hall" format, with about half the questions being fielded from the audience and the remainder from two moderators, Martha Raddatz, of ABC's "This Week," and Anderson Cooper of CNN.

"While our auditoriums feature the likes of 'Batman V. Superman' or 'Alien vs. Predator,' we are excited to offer voters a chance to watch Clinton vs. Trump as they go head to head on the big screen," Steve Bunnell, chief content and programming officer at Regal Entertainment Group, said in a news release. "As we continue to look at ways to bring alternative content to our screens, we invite you to come cheer and jeer the candidates at Regal this Sunday.

Regal theaters in Bowie, Germantown, Rockville and Columbia are also scheduled to air the debate free.

An employee at Abingdon's Regal Cinema said Thursday that the local manager could not comment on the showing and directed all questions to the corporate office.

The first Clinton-Trump debate on the night of Sept. 26 was the most-viewed presidential debate ever.

As reported earlier by The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawick: "Nielsen says the TV audience for Monday's debate was 84 million. There were also 17.1 million Twitter interactions related to the debates from 2.7 people in the U.S., according to the audience measurement service."

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