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The theatre opened June 22nd, 1979 with Players on Auditorium #1, Rocky II on Auditorium #2 and Prophecy on Auditorium #3. I was looking on microfilm and the fourth auditorium had not been added when Altered States opened. In fact, at the end of the E.T. run I mentioned, it was still three screens.
The theatre opened December 21st, 1977 as a Mann theatre and became a Dickinson theatre on January 18th, 1980.
Moviegoers' prayers have been answered!
The theatre now has Dolby Digital in all screens. I feel they downgraded some screens, as before, some of them once had DTS.
Last month, I saw An Inconvienent Truth in old of the older theatres and me and my mom liked what we saw. The movie was great and the theatre is nice (it’s been renovated, has a restaurant and a big lobby and game room). The projection was a little off but at least they put care into a little art film (unlike the Campbell 16 in Springfield, MO, near my hometown).
After reading alalavrez’s lists of films shown on New York’s movie palace screens, it inspired to do a list of films shown on Springfield’s main (and sadly, extinct) one-screeners and movie palaces, beginning with the Century 21 (the Tower, the re-opening Gillioz and the Fox are coming soon). The list is appearing in five parts with the first one today.
Part 1:June 1970 to May 1975
6/4/1970 (grand opening as a National General theatre) MASH
9/16/1970 Hello, Dolly!
11/11/1970 C.C. and Company
11/18/1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
12/9/1970 The Baby Maker
12/18/1970 I Walk The Line/ Santa and The Three Bears
12/25/1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!
1/29/1971 There’s A Girl In My Soup
2/19/1971 Five Easy Pieces
3/12/1971 Doctor’s Wives
3/26/1971 My Fair Lady
4/2/1971 Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
4/9/1971 Valdez Is Coming
4/21/1971 They Might Be Giants
4/28/1971 Gimme Shelter
5/12/1971 The Beguiled
5/19/1971 The Night Visitor/The Revolutionary
5/26/1971 Little Big Man
6/16/1971 Vanshing Point
6/30/1971 The Andromeda Strain
7/23/1971 The Anderson Tapes
8/6/1971 Summer Of ‘42
9/3/1971 The Love Machine
9/22/1971 Carnal Knowledge
10/6/1971 Billy Jack
12/23/1971 Diamonds Are Forever
2/18/1972 $ (Dollars)
2/25/1972 Straw Dogs
3/10/1972 The Hospital
3/31/1972 The Cowboys
4/26/1972 The Last Picture Show
5/24/1972 Mary, Queen Of Scots
6/14/1972 The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid
6/21/1972 What’s Up, Doc?
8/30/1972 Nicholas and Alexandra
9/22/1972 Butterflies Are Free
-10/13/1972 Modern Times (new print, 2 days)
10/18/1972 The Candidate
10/25/1972 Where Does It Hurt?
11/10/1972 The New Centurions/Santa Claus (latter for 3 days)
12/6/1972 Hammersmith Is Out
12/13/1972 The Mechanic
2/9/1973 Jeremiah Johnson
4/11/1973 The Poseidon Adventure
6/1/1973 High Plains Drifter
6/22/1973 Tom Sawyer
7/27/1973 The Sound Of Music
8/31/1973 Enter The Dragon
9/28/1973 Romeo and Juliet
10/17/1973 Jeremy (Godzilla vs. The Thing/ Godzilla’s Revenge for 3 days starting 10/18)
10/24/1973 Hammer Of God/Fearless Fighter
10/31/1973 The Hong Kong Cat/Deep Thrust
11/7/1973 MASH (PG Version) (The Magic Christmas Tree for 3 days starting 11/16)
11/21/1973 A Touch Of Class
12/10/1973 The Iceman Cometh
12/12/1973 A Touch Of Class
12/14/1973 The Greatest Story Ever Told
12/21/1973 Man Of La Mancha/Fiddler On The Roof
12/25/1973 The Sting
3/20/1974 The Paper Chase
4/10/1974 The Great Gatsby
5/22/1974 Blazing Saddles
8/30/1974 The Lords Of Flatbush
9/18/1974 The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz
9/25/1974 Time To Run
10/16/1974 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
10/25/1974 Gone With The Wind (Tom Thumb for 4 days starting 11/7)
11/22/1974 Law and Disorder
12/6/1974 The Klansman
12/20/1974 The Towering Inferno (includes benefit premiere on 12/19)
2/28/1975 Murder On The Orient Express
4/4/1975 Young Frankenstein
5/23/1975 The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud
You’re right about Springfield being underscreened. Me and my mom were talking about it earlier this month when every showing of “Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest” was sold out on opening day (I didn’t think it would be the big summer movie, I thought Superman Returns would). It’s sad that a lot of the theatres (Tower, Fremont, Town and Country though people didn’t go to the Town and Country later on) have closed due to the Campbell 16 and the second-run Palace. A third theatre would be great (lots of good things need to come the Springfield theatre market), but at least we have the Moxie and the reopening Gillioz (it may show films along with the live stuff).
The second movie in the 2002 picture was the remake of “Rollerball”.
No, it began as a bank and was converted into the cozy little Moxie. Please snooty New Yorkers, don’t be turned off!
Hey, Nicole, it’s Matthew or RJ. Your posting beat my posting for the Moxie, but congratulations anyway. You’re on Cinema Treasures!
The theatre actually opened as a opening gala on April 19th, 1973 and publicly opening the next day with The Life and Times Of Judge Roy Bean on Screen 1, The Thief Who Came To Dinner on Screen 2 and Fiddler On The Roof on Screen 3. The theatre probably made Springfield movie theatre history when The Legend Of Boggy Creek was shown on two screens due to popular demand on July 27th of that same year after its July 25th start.
What was the movie, Stepmom? Mother? Mrs. Doubtfire? Psycho? Was it any woman’s picture? I’m interested.
It might be a move-over theatre for the Moxie as well as a theatre for the performing arts.
The area is has been closed since 1998. Since then, it was used for screenings for a couple of the Cinemagic (the name may be wrong) festivals (the name has since changed and the main screening venue is the wonderful Moxie Cinema downtown) but other than that, it’s been vacant like most of the dead North Town Mall.
This theatre is the inspiration of the great Moxie Cinema in Springfield, Missouri.
The microfilm idea is good. I have been using this lately, getting ads from The Warriors all the way to Fight Club (I’m not that old).
The final film shown was “The First Wives Club” in January 1997. A report was even done on the theatre’s closing. I hoped the theatre would be reopened, but alas, no avail.
The theatre opened on December 8th, 1995. The opening attractions were Mortal Kombat (in THX), Clueless (in THX), Never Talk To Strangers, A Walk In The Clouds, A Kid In King Arthur’s Court, The Scarlet Letter, How To Make An American Quilt and The Big Green.
This theatre showed E.T. for an amazing 53 weeks in 1982-1983. The final week had screenings for a dollar.
I remember going here for a showing of “Leave It To Beaver” when I was seven in 1997, when the theatre was on its last legs as a second-run theatre. I remember they actually had Mr. Pibb instead of Dr. Pepper (in an area dominated by Dr. Pepper)!
The theatre opened on May 10, 1996, with the benefit the night before.
The Benefit Films (in which tickets were ninety cents):
Toy Story, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Mr. Holland’s Opus and a sneak preview of Twister
The Opening Films:
Twister (on four screens), Antonia’s Line, Barb Wire, Fear, Mrs. Winterbourne, The Substitute, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Birdcage, Celtic Pride, Homeward Bound II and Oliver and Company
The theatre made a killing in the Springfield area and would cause the closures of the Tower (which was on its last legs), Century 21, Fremont, North Town, Battlefield Mall 6 and Town and Country in a span of five years (1997-2002).
It is rumored some scenes will be in 3-D.
The area now has an Ethan Allen store.
The old lady must have been narrow-minded, because it was a Woody Allen film and not a porno.
This theatre still sits today, empty and rotting, the vacant parking lot sprouting lots of grass (I was born in 1990, so I never visited the theatre, I just always see the empty old theatre every time my family visits Kansas City).
I saw Toy Story in this theatre in 1996. It was a nice though cavernous place. Though it’s cool KGBX (70’s Saturday!) now broadcasts there, it’s too bad they took everything out. One day, I plan to own a theatre styled after movie palaces like this, but as a multiplex and mainstream and art films would show with midnight screenings and special college retrospective series.