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Does the theatre still stand?
I want to say that I have early newspaper history I did a LOONG time ago that had this theatre originally as a Mann I-II-III… I need to find that.
I believe the IMC6 was the name of a previous 6 screen theatre the company ran. I’ve seen it happen a few times with the Bollywood Theatres where they change venues but keep the same name because it became so identified with the original theatre. Perhaps it’s a way of saying “Hey – it’s still us – not some other people – you can trust us!”.
The NAZ8 (at the old GCC Fremont Hub 8) kept their name NAZ8 even when they moved to an old Super Saver 7 down the road in Fremont, CA. I think the IMC6 comes from an old UA house in Lakewood, CA.
So is AMC still operating this theatre?
This link to this 1991 NY Times article is the most in depth I’ve read about the shootings. (apologies if it’s linked above and I missed it) I enjoy that it seems to convey that National Amusements put the metal detectors in out of public pressure than of their own choice. A lot of times I hear people talking about the metal detectors they make it seem like it was a choice when in fact it sounds as though it was necessary to allay the fears after the shooting.
When will the public understand that snack bar is the only way theatre makes money and that the majority of the $9-15 ticket goes to the distributor?
AEG likely built the complex. AEG does not own Regal. As for the complex, I’m sure it’s fancier than a regular Regal Cinema, but it’s probably not too much to write home about.
Though never having been inside, I imagine the Fox Buena Vista (in Tucson) and the Fox Twin (in Lubbock) were similar to the National Theatres since NGC was Fox Theatres prior to becoming NGC.
I personally like the Cinebarre theatres better. A lot more sleek and put together. The Alamo Drafthouses I’ve been to all seem like a quick conversion of whatever theatre was there before. The only drawback it seems with Cinebarre is that it’s closely tied to Regal Entertainment so they tend to pop up in old Regals, Edwards & UA’s. So if your city has a Regal on it’s last legs, maybe you’ll be getting a dinner & movie theatre sooner than you think.
According to January 1, 1973 issue of Boxoffice, this was the 201st Jerry Lewis Cinema and it opened 12/22/1972
A 1974 Issue of Boxoffice mentions that Mid-States was going to build a 6-plex in Erlanger at the intersection of Donaldson Hwy & Hartman Rd. Does anybody know if this was built or if perhaps the Showcase got to it first?
But someday this place will be turned into a Sephora or something even less glamorous than a 90’s era Cineplex Odeon. Snap a few shots for posterity.
Was this theatre similar to the Showplace theatre in Lubbock? Was it part of the Noret chain?
I don’t know how big the auditoriums are at the SM7 but I imagine if AMC was approved to build a 12 they likely limit the seating, probably only two theatres at 299 each, the rest at 140 or less. I can’t imagine that there would be a huge increase in seats.
How many people have run this place? It has a great location right off the highway so I can understand people’s desire to keep it going but it never really seemed like anybody’s theatre of choice whenever I went past it. It’s always seemed like that theatre people were forced to go to because it was convenient.
Is it by itself a profitable theatre? Why can’t anybody manage to keep it running?
Did this place EVER have a sign displaying its name?
I think it’s safe to say though that the success of The Blair Witch Project did lead to a modern resurgence of similar spooky flicks. Not that I think it was all that wonderful of a motion picture, but I think that it is a noteworthy piece of work.
Sadly these have been the only pictures I could scare up of this place. I don’t have any of the negatives of any of the photos online jut the original prints we scanned for Cinematour.
Having worked at Century’s corporate office I’ve always been fascinated with the evolution of all the dome theatres, especially those that started as singles and were added onto with additional domes throughout the years (Century Oakland, Century Reno, Cinedome Orange, Century Complex Sacramento, Century Salt Lake). Sadly there really isn’t much documentation or photos available on these locations.
They actually operate the Razorback 12. The cinema 6 is no longer open.
I don’t know what kind of level of creativity you’re looking for, but I know that a number of old theatres are now used as bookstores with the majority of the interior detail intact.
I’ve seen some old theatres used as pre-schools and day care centers.
The Alameda Theatre in Alameda was used as a gymnastics school for awhile, even if the theatre wasn’t kept in the best condition.
Cinematour has some more photos.
This theatre closed a few weeks ago.
This was an original AMC build…. typical of the era. Uses ground floor projection with mirrors.
I drove around for 20 minutes looking for that theatre one day. Stupid target.
Thanks for posting. Now everybody can see my ugly mug. :o)
In all seriousness, our “Customer Appreciation Night” was a huge success at each of the drive-ins. Thanks to the news coverage we received all over (not just Phoenix) some locations saw triple attendance (over last Customer Night) with some people coming back to the drive-in for the first time in more than ten years. It was exciting to be there and see people rediscover the drive-in experience.