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You must mean the Desert Drive In, in Las Vegas. LVDI is way different. Some of the drive-ins they built had way smaller domes than others. The domes in Glendale and Scottsdale were much smaller, and the one in San Jose, though similar doesn’t seem like it was built with as many windows as Stadium appeared to have.
What did the left side of the sign say? I can tell it says AMC [something] 6 Theatres… did it say Orange Mall? So unlike AMC to actually put the name of their theatre on the outside.
I know Syufy built most the drive-ins the same, but the building here looks I-DENT-I-CAL to the Sacramento 6. The Capitol 6 in San Jose doesn’t look as big as either Sac or Stadium.
From the photos I’ve seen it looks like they used “UA the Movies” signage. Was this originally a UA theatre?
Syufy/Century operated it for a bit after Mann pulled out.
That’s right — was never been — I talk good.
Judging by other photos I’ve seen of this — it was never been Carmike. Looks like a fresh Cinemark build.
Weren’t we just reading a deluge of articles last month saying ticket sales were UP?? The media loves to exaggerate the rollercoaster that is US box office.
I’m not one to usually say this about multi-plexes, but this one ACTUALLY looks like a Kohl’s if you take the marquee down.
My understanding is that the single screen WOULD be kept intact and a complex built next door.
Was this theatre an entirely new build or did it make use of one of the existing cinemas?
Was this theatre the one that was built by General Cinema in 1981? Or perhaps the Ingram Square 8 was built off the GCC?
Some records I have from General Cinema show they stopped running this on June 10, 1982. Is it possible somebody else took it over?
General Cinema operated this until November 20, 1986.
An internal document from GCC puts the opening date of this theatre as 5/20/1983
The theatre is not demolished.
I don’t think Mann ever operated this one — they operated the Oracle View nearby.
The address was 14505 NE 20th St
Does anybody have any data to back up that this was a GCC theatre? On some of the documents recently posted to the GCC Memories FB group, this theatre is not listed as one of theirs.
Is the original GCC 6-plex part of the new 14-plex or is the 14-plex an entirely new build?
An old internal document from GCC shows that they operated three Yorktown Cinemas in Lombard, IL.
Yorktown Cinema 6 at 80 Yorktown Shopping Center
Yorktown Cinema at 97 Yorktown Shopping Center
Yorktown Cinema 18 at 80 Yorktwon Shopping Center
Opening on 11/7/96.
I assume that perhaps the 97 Yorktown address was inside the mall and the 80 was outside?
Does anybody know if the GCC two-sreener was a separate theatre in the mall, or did Regal make use of it when building their six-plex at the mall?
From General Cinema internal documents, they show that they operated a theatre at 5757 Pacific Ave from 12/20/1968 until 03/17/1983.
It hasn’t been renamed officially… it’s still the Las Vegas drive-in — dunno who insisted it become the All Digital Drive-In… it would be the equivalent of naming every Cinemark “Best Seat in Town Cinemas”.
30-plexes have proven too large even for America. Most companies have agreed that anything over 20 is too much, and even then 20 is pushing it. So AMC’s 30-plex building wasn’t a failure only in Canada.
And in many places that AMC put down their 30-plexes, it drove other smaller theatres out of business so it’s not wholly unreasonable for them to think it might’ve done that in this instance. And who knows if it even cost them one cent to build the theatre there, my guess is that developers wanted theatres and may have built the entire thing for them… many chains give it a shot when the deal is sweet enough.