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Cool, that’s an urban legend shot put to rest – I’d heard that one for years…..
Wasn’t the Pussycat chain owned by Rosemary Clooney’s husband? (I forgot his name)
This needs to be listed under General Cinema, who operated it for its entire run…….
We started having the ushers cleaning the auditoriums in cleveland around 1978, when they put out that ridiculous ‘Timmy the Trashcan’ trailer.
The Northpark Cinema closed in 1987.
The theatre and the shopping center of which it was part was built on a landfill, a former garbage dump. It suffered from structural problems throughout its life due to the settling of the ground beneath it. I believe the entire shopping center has been demolished.
I need to amend the location – the Cinderella City Mall was in Engelwood, Colorado. The Cinema opened in 1968 and was demolished in 1979.
As far as I know after GCC left it MJR Theatres took it over and was still calling it Livonia Mall and operating it as a bargain house.
Seat counts were 425? I thought it was about 450, but if I told you 425 then , that’s what it was. It was a long time ago. I hated that theatre, badly proportioned, never should have been split, plus it was in a dead mall. I hated that town, too. What a sorry-ass place that was.
Yup, thats me. 8/75 thru 2/77 at Dort…. where did you get my name?
When I worked there in 1975 the address on our stationary, my business cards and the incoming mail was 3600……
BTW, Camden: What theatres are in closed subway terminals?
Once upon a time, New York City had cable cars, like San Francisco still has. The building housing the Angelika was originally the headquarters for the cable car company and the basement that is now occupied by the 6 theatres was originally where the motors pulling the cables were located. The building, now known as the Cable Building, was built in 1894 to the designs of McKim, Mead & White.
A former doorman at City Cinemas, who had previously worked at the Selwyn in the late 80s-early 90s, told me that at some point while he worked there they closed the orchestra and made all the customers sit upstairs in the balcony. This was because the rats in the orchestra section were chasing the customers away.
Wasn’t the Cine 42 group of theatres run by Norman Adee?
The Continental, along with the Heights and Westwood were part of a chain of “art” theatres with other theatres in Columbus. I think it was called Bexley Theatres.
I remember taking a shortcut through the alley btwn Euclid and Prospect where the Hipp’s stage doors were – and that windowless auditorium structure was towering above the street, and was nearly as tall as the Hippodrome office building. It had stage doors that they could (and I’m sure at some point did) march elephants through.
I believe one of the last times that the Hipp was doing capacity business was in the 60s during Beatlemania and “A Hard Days Night” played there. It was packed to the rafters with screaming teenage girls.
I think the THSA figure may be incorrect. The 4500 seat figure is the ‘as-built’ capacity and came from the list in the back of ‘American Picture Palaces’. The Palace in Cleveland had 3600+ seats and the Hippodrome was way bigger, and always acknowledged locally as the biggest movie theatre in town with over four-thousand seats. Perhaps as the years went by it was re-seated with bigger seats, or official capacity reduced when they closed the upper balconies. Roger Stewart – how many seats in the Hipp when you worked there?
That figure is probably correct – there were several large theatres in this neighborhood, comparable to the big downtown theatres. A couple of blocks over was the Loew’s Park and Keith’s 105, and each of those had over 3000 seats.
City Cinemas only had a booking arrangement here, it was operated as a normal theatre by the porno people who owned it. It was called the West Side Cinema 1 & 2. The name Cine 1 & 2 was put on the Hollywood Twin on 8th Ave. for a while. When this theatre went back to porno the Cine 1 & 2 name came back here and West Side Cinema 1 & 2 name went out the window.
The Mayland had the World Premiere of the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in about 1971. The boy who played Charley (I think that was the characters name) lived there in the neighborhood.
Where did the name ‘Ezella’ come from?
Modern Theatres sold this theatre, and also the Mercury on the west side, and the Northland, Eastland & University Flick in Columbus, to General Cinema in the early 1970s.
The address in the heading should be changed to 5900 Mayfield Road.
The Mayland was fairly run down when General Cinema bought it in 1970 or 71. We were all very surprised that they bought it. They did cosmetic work on the interior when they split it – new seats, suspended ceilings, candy stand, carpet, wallpaper. And they hung that big Habitat Dome-Sphere chandelier in the lobby rotunda. They didn’t do any work on the exterior. The water problem was due to the fact that the county (or whoever runs the sewers in the street) reversed the flow under the street and it would back up into the basement. GCC had installed a check valve, but we were expected to climb down in a 15 foot deep manhole out front and turn a big wheel to close it, something that nobody, myself included, would do. The incinerator in the cellar had been sealed by the city when everybody started worrying about air pollution. The haunting symptoms would only occur when the place was closed and there were only a couple of people around – cold spots in the lobby, doors that I knew were closed and locked would be open, crashing noises in the attic. The theatre had a cat, and sometimes i’d see her rubbing on someones leg, although there was nobody there. The porter when I was there had been there for a long time – an old guy named Abe Smart – used to tell us all kinds of stories about the old times, and the way the theatre used to be.