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February 6, 1978 issue of Boxoffice has an article about the location installing Christie AW3’s for their March 25, 1977 opening of Star Wars. Article says the theatre was seven years old at the time.
Sadly I think it has something to do with antiquated laws/regulations concerning parking:seat ratios. Back in the days of singles and twins it was fairly predictable to say a city needs X spaces to accomodate Y seats. Now this predictability is gone since theatres have learned to minimize downtime and ensure a constant steady stream of customers. It’s just my guess but I think the city is probably bound to operate under the outdated regulations and the theatres take advantage of that.
At least I hope so because if politicians can’t understand that twice as many choices might draw twice as many customers then we truly do elect some strange individuals.
I love that city councils think that keeping the number of seats the same means the same amount of traffic… don’t they understand that half those seats are empty anyway? If they spread the same seats out over 14 screens there will be TWICE the traffic regardless.
I enjoy that the building owner wants the tennant to make a capital investment in their property. In my experience in the theatre business that’s not usually how it works. If the landlord wants AMC to stay, he needs to make a capital investment.
The photo Chuck posted on 5/22/09 is NOT the Sundance Kabuki. The Kabuki was originally built by AMC and looks very much like a multiplex.
If you haven’t already, try contacting Metropolitan Theatres. If they’re doing any sort of switch to digital any time soon they may have some old projectors they’d like to get rid of. Also you never know if they have any old projectors in storage from locations that they closed down in the SB area.
This was actually an 8-plex when it closed and was called simply Century 8 Oakland. Century 21 & 22 should be an AKA.
The Newpark 20 has been on the books for years.
The domes at the Cinedome are much smaller than the domes in San Jose. Also according to their website Cinemark still plans on building a theatre in Napa to replace the Cinedome.
So was this technically two separate theatres? (ie. separate entrances/lobbies?)
Can anybody explain these theatres in greater detail? Where around the mall were the two complexes?
Google street view shows that this theatre has been demolished.
This location should be marked as demolished.
We’ll be deleting the listing at Cinematour this evening to help end the confusion. :o)
According to CWalczak’s posting for the other 6-screen cinema in Conway:
It closed as of 02-21-10 and will be replaced by a new twelve screen multiplex: View link
The theatre referenced in the article is Cinemark’s Cinema 6 at 291 Highway 65 N. Carmike’s website shows that the Faulkner 6 is still open.
I don’t know where the information came from originally. We have it listed at that addres over at Cinematour as well… perhaps a bad listing somewhere back in the day?
Website should be changed to www.westwinddi.com
According to the google street view the marquee and tower have in fact been removed. The terazzo floor is still visible.
What were some of the TransLux locations that Cinamerica operated?
Such passionate descriptions.
The 4th dome was split in half to make the eighth theatre. The domes at these locations were not as big as the free standing ones in San Jose, Sacramento and Pleasant Hill.
Does anybody know if this theatre is standing or if it’s been demolished? Based on the name change of the street metioned on the El Monte’s page, this theatre would have been six blocks west of the El Monte.
According to this theatre from American Classic images
This was also at one time the Valley 4-5-6.
I’d rather have an aerial vs no photo at all.