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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.
Very good theatre, but I go to it sometimes because it’s on the north side. I used to go more often before I quit going to the movies from 2000-2001, then in 2002, I started going again. It doesn’t get much business but it’s amazing how it has stuck around as long as it has. The sound is excellent and the seats are comfy and they show you don’t need stadium seating to have a great theatre. They also have a digital preshow.
The theatre closed on about December 8th, 2002. It’s remaining films were moved to the Springfield 8. I don’t think I ever visited this theatre (My mom told me I saw Beauty and The Beast in 1991, at the age of one, but she never told me which theatre. I always thought it was the Springfield 8 as it would look really good in Auditorium 1 in 70mm, but it wouldn’t open until 1993), but I can understand why it closed. It was far on the North side, and I believe most Springfieldians live on the South side (in Nixa, the south side and the Campbell 16 Cine is much closer), and it was almost always the least visited theatres in Springfield and was known to be run down. If time travel were possible, I would love to see some movies in this theatre in the eighties (I can’t turn down a good eighties flick, like Back To The Future, Labyrinth, Blue Velvet, They Live or Evil Dead II) along with the rest and see also 70mm productions (it will make another comeback, mark my words).
I’ve been here many times since 1996, when I saw Dunston Checks In (that same year, seeing Happy Gilmore at age five, a film I picked, was a great memory). In the later years, the theatre has gotten dirty and unkempt, but it’s still a good deal and still gets lots of business (despite going to a showing of The Weather Man last night in a THX auditorium and seeing only nine people, me and my mom included). There are also strange things about it, such as children with their parents very late at night, projection problems during a couple of crappy movies recently (Bewitched and Prime) and despite its good business, how it works with a skeleton crew half the time. But hey, it’s the Palace!
I went here many times in 1997 and 1998 for the PTA-co-created Summer Film Series. People would by their tickets from the PTA, then would use the tickets at this theatre or the also-dead Town and Country 6. It was an awesome series and it was always packed at the Fremont 3. I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hook, Rookie Of The Year, Andre, The Pebble and The Penguin, The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking, Mouse Hunt (the only film I saw twice in theatres), A Simple Wish (which for some odd reason, had an applause at the end), A Troll In Central Park, and many others. Back to the theatre, I liked the theatre and it was sad to see it go and be turned into a Play It Again Sports. Must have been stiff competition from both the Battlefield area (now no theatres in this area exist now) and the second-run area (only one, The Palace still lives on). Even though I only knew you late in your life, I miss you Fremont 3.
I frequent this theatre for being the closest to me (ten miles away, though I also am beginning to frequent the Moxie Cinema, an art-house cinema I will add to the site). I’ve seen possibly 300 or so films from Mighty Joe Young to Walk The Line (my most recent film seen there). They may not have the best technical personnel (that’s the Springfield 8) or the best prices (the Palace), but I (actually my mom’s) have a Frequent Moviegoer Card and we get lots of points and the Cans Film Festival helps for a good cause in exchange for free screenings (and if you bring more cans, free passes). Plus they got two Dolby EX auditoriums. This is also the top theatre in Springfield, never having a problem getting an audience.
I will post more theatre info later.
I went to this drive-in and saw “Spider-Man 2” on July 18,2004. For a fifty-five year-old drive-in, it’s very well maintained and with good FM sound in your car. Lately, it’s been open almost yearly.
I went to this theatre August 1999 and saw Inspector Gadget. I don’t remember much other than it was big, nice and every theatre was big (I could also hear dialogue from the finanically succesful crap-fest The Blair Witch Project). I was nine when I went my only (so far) appearance, it was a young film fan’s dream (today, that would be a 30 screen mainstream/art-house cinema with the style of the old movie palaces, double features, revivals, popcorn seasonings and well-behaved attendants and employees).
Great theatre all around. The choice of films might be all that great (they split with the Kerasotes theatre in the area), but the screens and auditoriums are huge, the lobby’s stocked and the sound is good. The only complaint is not enough big trailers before the films. I saw “Hellboy” and “Walking Tall” here April 3rd, 2004.
Nice theatres, but the IMAX has crummy choice in screening IMAX films. The DMR’s and 3-D films never come, the 3-D films do show in flat versions, the big releases never show (you either have drive to Kansas City or Omaha for the big stuff) and they do the 35mm on IMAX showings touting them as on the IMAX screen (they recently showed Flightplan and Zathura for longer than most theatres). Hopefully, the Springfield one in development gets these big IMAX flicks we starve for.
This theatre no longer shows films. It’s just live entertainment, like Branson mostly is. I believe the final film they showed was “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”. Notable: on May 16th, 2002, Star Wars:Episode II was screened on all four screens.
On that sound going out, it was only on one side, not both.
Not a bad theatre at all. The projection isn’t that great, but the seats are comfy and the sound systems and Stealth Cinema (nothing to do with the crappy movie “Stealth”) environment may for a great experience. I’ve seen “The Bourne Supremacy”, “Alien vs. Predator”, “The Aviator” and “The Greatest Game Ever Played” in this theatre. The fourth visit wasn’t as good as the first three (picture framing incorrect, sound went out a few times), but when a big film plays, like the first three, it’s a well-worth experience.