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Now that I think about it, AMC did through the ‘80’s and early 90’s have multiple cineplexes in the Buffalo area. This might have been the other one. I hate fading memory.
I think the one I am thinking of is University Cinemas.
Originally a General Cinemas theater. First saw a movie here in the early 1980’s, when the the mall was a mall.
Is there any address associated with this theater, beyond the generic Main Street? Brocton is small, but not that small. :)
I saw the full parking lot of S & S about 2 weeks before. Didn’t drive past the nonexistent Boulevard, but did drive past the other nonexistent (now Red Robin restaurant) theater in the neighborhood. I don’t know why, but I miss the old GCC cinemas.
This cinema is locate in a former Ames Department Store, and opened circa 1990. Was a Hoyt’s cinema in the mid to late 1990’s.
Cinema North appears closed. At least the this cinema is closed for now.
GCC itself died around 2000, its assets being bought by AMC.
I saw Poltergeist, The Right Stuff, Temple of Doom, among others there. First movie I saw there was Empire Strikes Back. It is the theater I miss the most, of all that I have been to around the country. Of course, I miss the Putt-Putt that used to be across the street, too. Oh, well. “Progress”.
I had a great steak there 20 years ago. On Memorial Day S&S looked closed, but their website is still up. It could have just been the day, as other normally open restaurants were closed. I’m not often in that area, so I don’t know what their status is. 20 years ago? Now i feel old.
Next time I am in that area, I will have to stop by. When I lived there, I used to go to a barber whose business was located in the same building as the library. Sadly, memory isn’t good enough to remember what I didn’t pay close attention to.
Thanks for the pointer.
I walked past the Strand yesterday. It’s still a parking lot. And the walls on the adjacent walls have some graffiti on them.
Dunkirk Observer article about the Grand View DI in Angola. I posted there, but thought folks here would be interested as well. It mentions the DI in Jamestown. View link
Dunkirk Observer: View link
In my defence, I never worked there, I just saw movies there. And I was living in Ithaca, and seeing movies at the State Theatre there, when the Regent (and the Cine) closed.
There is a new book on Dunkirk (written by a teacher I used to have), and they have a picture of the old Drohen (Dronen?) Theater and ever so briefly mention the theaters.
I lived in Marathon for about 3 years, about 13 years ago. This place was gone by then. I am curious as to where it was, though.
I see a movie here every 2-3 years. The first was shortly after they opened. Flooding mens room, and all. Most recently I saw Speed Racer here. Way back when (about 10 years ago) it seemed almost as if it was all alone in the neighborhood. Now they need a bigger sign, as I almost missed the place.
If it is where I think it was, it wasn’t attached to the mall, but across the street. Wegman’s supermarket is there now.
On Regal’s web site they list “grand opening”, but this one is not listed. Don’t know how far into the future the openings go, or how often the section s updated. One wonders if this means the ompany has reconsidered their options.
Martin – I was at the Monnies a couple of weeks ago, and the bartender made reference to to Mickey Flicks. I thought of this conversation. (By the way, I think we sort of know each other. You were class of ‘82 or '83, right? And took computer classes from Will @ DHS?)
Nope. I have no idea what happened to the clock. Didn’t one of the guys who used to work there say something about it a while back? I was wotking in Ithaca when the Regent closed down, lamenting the loss of the Strand, a theater I never was able to see the inside of. Which, as of 2 weeks ago, I personally verified, was still a parking lot. (I like the news stand in the neighborhood. I also liked the bookstore around the corner, but I guess I was keeping them in business, as they are now gone, too. I left Ithaca 10 years ago.)
Right now Payne is busy modifying Walleye Willies, but I don’t know how long that wil take.
It’s now almost November 2007, and while places below the new cinema appear to be open, can’t help but wonder when the cinema itself will be open. As recently as last Friday i didn’t see any sign from inside the mall to indicate an opening day. I need t to pen soon so i don’t spend as much time in the Apple store. :)
I was speaking with some olks around Dunkirk lately. It seems that the new owner of the regent is the guy who owns Payne’s kettle & Keg and Walleye Willies, amoung other things. He was lamenting to a hardware store owner about how much it is going to cost him for the concrete to level off the loor of the Regent. Not to make it better to put new seats in, but to eliminate the slant in the auditorium. He has no intention of reopening the theatre, but to do something else, likely turn it into apartments. If i get the chance to introduce myself to him, i will try to get inside the Regent prior to the pour to get pictures. But it is up to him, and my schedule. (I won’t be back in Dunkirk until Thankgiving.)
To anticipate your question Patsy, Kettle is on Lake Shore Drive, East, just east of Middle Road, just before the closed Coastal gas station. They have good, but huge, fish n their friday fish fry. On Fridays only, they open at 11 am, $6 fry until 4 pm, then it costs $7 or $8 until midnight.
The D & F Plaza, where the Cine one stood was sold last fall to another concern. There is new construction occurring on the property, where no other business has stood before. Not that this means anything for a building already demolished, but perhaps some enterprising person/group could bring in a new theater. Seeing as the only competition in town leaves a lot to be desired, and with the minigolf place all but abandoned, there is room for a decent tri or quad here.
I heard some folks talking about the Regent at Post 62 recently, but because I was visiting with an old friend I couldn’t interrupt both of our conversations to be nosy. I thought I had heard that the new owners bought the place for a song ($25,000), had considered turning it into a bar. But they couldn’t get around the slanted floor. (Maybe they should visit one of my favorite book stores, the Book Star, on Point Loma, in San Diego. Level floors, but three levels, stepping down every so often.)