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When I was growing up, we would always drive past this theatre every time our family drove from NJ to Ambler, PA where my uncle and aunt used to live. The only way my father knew to get to Ambler was through Cheltenham Ave and turn right to the 309 Expressway, which went past the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
I think this cinema opened in early 1979 with ‘Norma Rae’, and it played ‘ET’ in 1982.
Actually, Loews didn’t build this theatre in the beginning. It was a small chain called Music Makers, which built small theatres in Bricktown and Freehold. The other Freehold theatre complex, the Freehold Cinemas, was also owned by Music Makers before Loews took over the two theatres.
The Hollywood Galaxy played alongside the Avco Cinema ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ in the 1990s. I heard it closed because of competition from the new Arclight Cinemas and the Mann Chinese 6. And I heard the Galaxy played second-run features before it closed.
So which new megaplex will be in place in NE Philadelphia?
I think both the Moffett Drive-In and the Redwood Drive-In were redeveloped in the mid-1980s. Century Theatres replaced the drive-ins with multiplex theatres: The Century 16 in Mountain View and the Century Park 12 in Redwood City.
When I read Variety’s B.O. reports 20 years ago, in the Philadelphia reports, the Regency and Midtown listed 600 seats per theatre as well. But 600 seats in a narrow auditorium? Were the theatres like that after they were twinned?
I don’t think the GCC Franklin Mills 10 was replaced. It was bought by AMC Theatres in 2002, and expanded to 14 screens. But it is at the same location.
When the Midtown and Regency were twinned into two narrow auditoriums, what were the seating capacities?
All I can remember about the Menlo Park Cinema was the exterior, and how big it was! You can see it within a half-mile driving either direction on US Route 1. BTW, the US Route 1 portion between Woodbridge Center and Menlo Park Mall was always jammed with cars, during rush hour and on weekends, because of 2 things: 2 lanes each direction, and the interchange to the Garden State Parkway.
What stores now exist at Blue Star Shopping Center now? All I can remember is that Blue Star Cinema was twinned, triplexed, and quadded in the same building. Is that true?
A few months ago, I copied an ad from an LA Times on microfilm. The ad heralded the National Theatre as a luxurious showplace. It was first owned by NGC Theatres, a subsid of National General. The new theatre had dramatic, contemporary design with sparkling new decor. A year-round climate control system. Latest most sophisticated projection system, and full 6-track stereophonic sound.
Oh how things change in 34 years! The projection system would include 70mm, which would be prominent at the National, and digital sound would take over by the end of the millenium.
4100 seats total for the Paramus theatre complex? That’s an average of 410 seats per screen! Even the megaplexes now average 100-200 seats per screen!!
So what was the layout of the theatre complex? I heard it was like a spaceship?
Regal got rid of the Metro Center after Century Theatres opened a new multiplex in Daly City, about a mile north of Colma. This new multiplex is a mile and a half south of Stonestown Galleria.
When Cineplex Odeon owned the Route 4 Tenplex in the 80s, did it have a neon-and-art deco-style lobby?
The Roosevelt Field Theatres is now owned by Loews Cineplex, but is named in theatre directories as Loews Roosevelt Field. What was the original Roosevelt Field theatre like before it was chopped up into many smaller screens? What are the current seating capacities now?
What are the seating capacities for the Green Acres Cinemas?
I remember going to the Moorestown theatre when it was the Eric Twin Plaza Moorestown. The two theatres were equal in size, and had an orchestra and a balcony section. Now that its a multiplex, are the two original theatres still intact?
I am so sorry to see the Pennsauken theatre go. I lived in Cinnaminson during my childhood years, and my family and I would drive past the theatre in my car every time I went to Cherry Hill. I remember seeing the huge ERIC sign, first in round shapes, then in square shapes. Then the United Artists sign replaced the big ERIC sign on the building in 1992. But the Pennsauken theatre was my favorite place to see movies in the 80s. My first trip there was in 1987 to see a James Bond movie. I have gone back there to see the third Indiana Jones movie in the big auditorium, and in 70mm!, the second Back to the Future movie, and Jurassic Park. I also remember seeing the line stretch outside the theatre for an evening showing of Back to the Future 2 in 1989, instead I saw Look Who’s Talking; but I didn’t see it until New Year’s Eve. When the theatre was remodeled in 1992, I couldn’t believe how many screens were carved in that big auditorium space! So will a new multiplex theatre reside in Cinnaminson? That is what I heard.
I remember reading about the Route 4 Paramus theatre in the New York Times movie listings since I was a kid. It was originally owned by RKO Stanley Warner. It always played the biggest blockbusters during the 70s and 80s. Some even played in 70mm. What is the architectural design of the theatre? When the theatre was split into three separate ones, what were the seating capacities? When they started adding screens in the 80s, was it next to the existing theatre? How many screens had 70mm capacity?
As a James Bond fan, I remember the five 007 films that played at the Astor Plaza.
A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day
The Avco opened in 1972, not in the 1960s. It initially played films from Paramount. Then in the 80s, it primarily played films from Universal, which it still does today.