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Looks like they took advantage of the hill sloping for stadium seating.
New competition? You mean Cinemark’s own 16-plex one exit down?
Cinema West recently sold this theatre to a local couple. I helped remodel this theatre from one to three screens and now it’s being handed off. I used to drive there to teach the managers to build up movies on Thursday nights. Took them forever to get the hang of it. I remember driving home to Petaluma at 2:00am. Anybody who knows the area knows that Petaluma is a long way from Willits.
Though the signs still say Century 21, the name on this page should probably reflect Winchester 21.
Though the sign on the building says Century 22, the name should probably be changed to Winchester 22.
It is most certainly a Vincent Raney theatre.
Additional info needs to be changed. It’s not operated by Cinemark. The Century 21, 22 and 23 were left out of that deal.
Having walked through the theatre yesterday I have to assume this is an entirely new build. A perfectly symetrical 14 plex with 7 screens to the left and 7 to the right.
There was a separate Cinema that Stewart & Everett ran before opening this theatre. There are some instances in the Rock Hill Herald where both theatre are operating at the same time. I think this opened as a 4-screen.
The theatre will be reopening in a few weeks under new management. While doing a Cinematour through Columbia tonight we were fortunate enough to meet the new management and get a tour of the building. Check out their site:
I love the old Escape UA signs. It was like they were telling their employees something.
I enjoy that GTC just covered the UA part with Georgia Theatre Company.
Theatre opened as a 12-screen.
According to some photos I found elsewhere on the internet the place has been badly vandalized, at leat the exterior has.
This was an Eastern Federal property.
Judging from Google Earth — it looks like the building that WAS at this address was torn down and something new put in its place. Does the shell of the building still stand?
I’ve never had a chance to see what the inside of those big screens looked like, nobody ever took pictures while they were still operating. So it makes me sad that the first time I’ve seen inside, they’re being demolished.
Solano Drive-In in Concord has a similar building, as does the Santa Barbara Drive-In. The less stylish dome snack bars still exist in Sacramento, San Jose and Glendale (AZ).
Scares me that Radio City Music Hall had ORC consoles… I was never a fan.
Photos of both can be found on Cinematour.
Beautiful photo. Where did you find it?
The drive-in is no longer seasonal (hasn’t been since it reopened). It runs year round!
Was this a GCC Theatre?
Wasn’t this theatre originally called Criterion? If so — that should be noted somewhere.
It was the logo for Consolidated Theatres.
Judging by photos I’ve seen (even the one on Carmike’s website) it was definitely an AMC. The signage and snack bar are definite give aways.
The theatres aren’t actually side by side; they are down the street from each other. Whatever the case it is an impressive sight to see.