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Does anyone know why the sign on the front of the building was changed. From pictures I have seen of this theater it originally had an upright sign and then was changed to a flat sign on the front. It seems that the upright was not there that long. Just curious! Thanks!
Was this originally a Dickinson Theatre? When I worked for them back in the 1970’s, Dickinson operated a twin in Quincy. Does anyone know if this would happen to be that theatre which would have been added onto at a later date?
I was at this drive in back in August of 2009 and it has been closed for some time. There were a lot of weeds growing on the lot. I did not walk through because the gates were still pad locked. It is my understanding the the current owners have a huge asking price for the drive in, but that information may also be in error.
At one time this venue was as neat as a pin. There were no weeds on the lot and a very well run establishment. A lot of theatre owners could take a lesson from the pride on display here, but unfortunately like so many of the theatres on this web site, I am fear full that the Kanopolis Drive In is now apart of our memories.
I worked in the district office for Mann which included this theatre. The theatre was located in the Westroads shopping center. Unfortunately someone in the Los Angeles office did not sign an exclusive lease at the time this theatre was built and AMC later went in the mall, literally around the corner and opened a six screen complex. When Dickinson purchased Manns' interests in the midwest they operated the Fox Westroads only for a short time before selling it to AMC.
The photo taken by Don Lewis is not the Mainstreet Theatre Building. I am not sure of the original use for this particular building, but sometime in the past it was sub divided and sold to two different owners. The Mainstreet theatre was located in the 100 block of west Main, the building in the picture is in the 100 block of east Main.
Restoring link. Thank You!
If the owner would get ahold of Shelby screens I am sure that they would be eager to take on this challenge. Shelby has probably on more than one occasion built screens that are larger than the one used at the Admiral and even though it is tough to find insurance coverage for a drive in screen having one constructed by Shelby makes it a little easier.
The auditorium design is boring and bland, wheres the creativity, the showmanship! Must have been computer generated.
Whats going on with the Dickinson circuit anyway. They haven’t added any new theatres for some time. Their IMAX project in Wichita ,Oklahoma City and Springfield never materialized and more and more newspaper articles are showing up about the sad shape of their theaters due to lack of maintenance. Even to the point of getting the city commissions attention. When you cant use as many as two auditoriams because the sound doesn’t work thats sad! The Dickinson circuit once prided their theatres as luxury and now the ones that I have been in are dirty and dusty. I know I worked there in the late 70’s but something is definately wrong here!
I once worked for the Mann chain and enjoy keeping up on what happened to their theatres. I am just adding the link.
“For some reason it seems once Lewis got out of the theatre business a lot of this theatres,to me, seem to go strickly X- rated.” (That would be an interesting study sometime to see if you are right.)
The theatres in Columbia Missouri, Topeka and Salina Kansas were all taken over by another chain and did quite well. The one in Wichita, Kansas eventually closed and was converted to retail.
I wish to complement Jeff Arellano on the excellent photography of the Beverly Center 13 that has been uploaded onto Cinema Tour. There are approximately 225 images on the site and I think that this a very polite reminder to all of us that we Do need to document theatres through the medium of photography. There is a calling here fellow cinema fans that we need to make a concentrated effort to document all aspects of a theatre, the booth included for preservation sake. We cannot control corporate Americas decisions to keep theatres open, however we can photograph them and utilizing sites such as this one and Cinema Tour preserve their existence! WIth showmanship a dying art and computer designed megaplexes insulting our intelligence we need to take the time and ask permission and then go to work. Again hats off to Jeff Arellano!
Amen brother! Amen!!!
It also may be that the system is completely automated and not programed correctly. I have seen this same senario happen in other theatres. The concept of projection is vastly becoming left with a few of us and with todays automated projection booths no one to pass the craft on to. In a venue like the Cinerama you would think that the nature of the theatre would demand that projection be done correctly. Sadly, apparently not!
I noted on AMC’s web site that the Chinese at Arapahoe Crossing is simply listed as the AMC Arapahoe Crossing. There was no mention of the uniqueness of the design of this particular theatre.
Sad! (What was I expecting!?)
Congratulations to Michael for another great post! I covet your research skills.
When ‘Empire" open at the Mall Cinema in Wichita, Kansas. Dickinson Theatres whom had just purchased the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres, upgraded the 'Mall’ to 70mm. The Mall Cinema was a single screen theatre that seated around 750 with a large screen, it was originally built by National General. Mann had added Dolby for ‘Star Wars’ so Dickinson added the 70 capability. The first showing of ‘Empire’ went well, however when it second showing hit the screen there was no sound. A second 70 print was brought in and again the same thing happened, sound for the first showing not the second. It was ultimately discovered that what was causing the magnetic sound track to be erased was that as the film was rewinding on the newly installed platter it would pass a small motor that ran the take-up deck and the magnetic field from the motor was earsing the film.
The film companies usually opened the major releases in the Glenwood 1 auditoriam in Kansas City, however AMC’s Midland showed ‘Empire.“ It was told to me by a Dickinson executive that with the cash outlay DIckinson used to buy the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres and if 'Empire’ for some reason did not do well, add in the financial commitment to 20th Fox, the potential was there to lose the company.