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REG Moorestown 7 Theatre was opened by Pacific Theatres' RKO Stanley Warner Theatres division when the Moorestown Mall opened.
I saw the clip (both directly on Fox 29, as well as on the Fox 29 website) and I was moved.
Cineplex Odeon Theatres bought RKO Century Warner Theatres (aka RKO Stanley Warner Theatres-Stanley Warner Theatres-The Stanley Company of America, RKO Cinema 5-Rugoff Theatres-Walter Reade Theatres-Plitt Theatres) in early 1987. Loews/Sony Theatres bought Cineplex Odeon Theatres in 1998. AMC Theatres bought Loews Cineplex Entertainment in 1/27/2006.
All of the former Loews Cineplex theatres up in NYC area, Detroit area, and Chicago area still has their “Loews”, “Cineplex Odeon”, “Star” and “Magic Johnson” names on their buildings.
In regards to RKO Stanley Warner: In 1930, Warner Brothers acquired The Stanley Company of America, and renamed the theatre division to “Stanley Warner”. Pacific Theatres bought Stanley Warner in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s, and then acquired RKO Theatres in 1967, and merged RKO and Stanley Warner into 1 division: RKO Stanley Warner, while creating another division: Pacific East. Pacific Theatres also had in the NYC area another division: RKO Cinema 5 (Former Rugoff Theatres).
In 1981, when Almi/Century acquired RKO Stanley Warner from Pacific Theatres, they renamed the new company to “RKO Century Warner Theatres”
This AMC Loews Theatres is probally the last of the Century Theatres from the late 1950’s and 1960’s that is still in use. It’s sister theatre (from the Century days), the Loews Cineplex Route 17 Triplex (which had the “RKO Century’s Paramus Theatre” instead of the Cineplex Odeon logo on it’s building to the very end) has been closed since Janunary 12, 2006, and demolished by May of this year.
The Woodhaven Mall that has the AMC Woodhaven 10 Theatre, is now called Home Depot Plaza, and is located at the interseection of PA 63 (Woodhaven Road & Expressway) and US Route 13 (Bristol Pike), in Bensalem, PA. Less than a ¼ mile west from the Woodhaven Mall/Home Depot Plaza is Franklin Mills Mall, in Philadelphia, PA.
This mall opened in 1973 with Woolco, Woodhaven Mall 4 Cinemas, Gaudio’s Garden Center and Acme Super Saver Supermarket. Today, the Home Depot is on the site of the Woolco store, Babies R us is in the Gaudio’s building, and Acme Super Saver is just called Acme, and the Woodhaven Mall 4 became the AMC Woodhaven 10.
Century twinned it and later when they were aquired by RKO, it was made into a quad. Later Cineplex Odeon made it an eight-plex" (RobertR, intro)
A couple of clarifications: During the early-to-mid 1980s, this theater was a triplex. RKO Century then turned it into a quad in ‘85 or '86. By '89 it was expanded again to an eightplex, at which time it was operated by Loews not Cineplex Odeon.
By the time Loews merged with Cineplex Odeon in 1998, this theatre was already a 8-plex.
Here is the updated operating order:
RKO Century Warner (1981-1987)
Cineplex Odeon (1987-1998)
Loews Cineplex (Still as Cineplex Odeon) (1998-2006)
AMC Loews (Still with Cineplex Odeon or Loews Cineplex logos) (2006-P)
In the old Philadelphia Inquier listings, after the Sameric Theatres chain acquired this theatre (as well as the Ardmore Theatre and the Plaza Moorestown Theatre) from RKO Stanley Warner Theatres, it was called “Eric Route 38 Twin Theatre”.
It was never called “Eric Twin Cherry Hill” since General Cinema was calling their theatre either “Cinema Cherry Hill”, “Cinema I & II Cherry Hill” or “General Cinema Cherry Hill Twin”
The AMC Neshaminy 24 was originally slated to get Pirates 3 in Digital, but instead got “Shrek The Third” in digital
The General Manager of the AMC Garden State 16 Theatre was previously the GM of the AMC Jersey Gardens 20 Theatre (Elizabeth, NJ), and the Senior Manager of the AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatre (Bensalem, PA)
I was too young to see “Star Wars” in the theatres back in 1977 (I eventually saw it in the theatres during the 1997 “Special Edition” version at the long-gone General Cinema Franklin Mills 10 Theatre).
I did see The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 at the long-gone AMC Premiere Twin Theatre, and Return Of The Jedi at the long-gone General Cinema Northeast 4 Theatre. I also saw the 1997 “Special Edition” of both of these films at the AMC Woodhaven 10 Theatre.
The new AMC Garden State Plaza theatre will have 2 screens showing the digital version of “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End”. This Pirates film is, with previews, running at 3 Hours.
The 8:00 PM showing of Pirates will be at the AMC Loews (Stanley Warner’s) Paramus Route 4 Theatre tonight, the last day of the Route 4 Theatre’s operation.
The AMC Garden State Plaza 16 Theatre was designed by and started it construction by the long-gone Loews Cineplex Entertainment Company. AMC took over this project, as well as the now-opened AMC Rockaway 16 Theatre, when they acquired Loews Cineplex on 1/26/2006
The Paramus Planning Board approved of the construction of the AMC (then-named Loews Cineplex) Garden State Plaza 16 Theatre back on June 21, 2005.
Most profitable movie at AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 10 Theatre was probally “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (released 1977 as “Star Wars” when theatre was known as RKO Stanley Warner’s Route 4 3 Theatre; released 1997 as Special Edition when theatre was known as Cineplex Odeon Route 4 10 Theatre).
The movie that probally stayed the longest is either 2001, Alien, or Star Wars Episode IV. If anyone knows, let everyone know.
All 16 screens at the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 will be digital
The last movie that will open at the AMC Paramus Route 4 10 Theatre will be: Shrek The Third.
What I’ve heard is that the new AMC Garden State Plaza 16 Theatre will be 100% digital when it opens next month, and replacing the AMC Loews (RKO Century Warner/RKO Stanley Warner/Stanley Warner’s) Paramus Route 4 10 Theatre.
Also, the GM of the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 Theatre was last at the AMC Neshaminy 24 Theatre.
The Fox Levittown Theatre closed in the late 1980’s as Eric I-95 Twin Theatre. i am guessing Steve & Remmy Fox sold their theatre to Merton Shapiro shortly before Mr. Shapiro sold his entire Sameric Theatres chain to United Artists Theatre Circuit inc.
The Columbia Drive-In was originally operated and/or owned by the Doylestown based Budco Theatres, who also operated the 309 Cinema and Drive-in (in Springhouse), the Doylestown Barn Cinema (in Doylestown), the Goldman Theatre (in Philadelphia) (since it’s 1972 acquision of William Goldman Theatres), and the Cinema I Springfield (in Springfield), amung its theatres and Drive-Ins.
REG Grant Plaza 9 Theatre opened in 1994-95 by United Artists Theatres.
The design of this theatre is the same as how REG Oxford Valley Stadium 14 was when it opened in 1992-93 as United Artists Oxford Valley 10 Theatre.
As of 3/30/2007, the Ritz Theatres in Center City Philadelphia (Ritz 5, Ritz Bourse, and Ritz East) are now offically owned by Landmark Theatres
I remember seeing “Return Of The Jedi” at the long-gone General Cinema Northeast 4 Theatre, in Philadelphia. This theatre opened as General Cinema’s Cinema I & II in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s.
Lostharvestmovie, the Chuck e Cheese is still at the Northeast (Korvette’s) Shopping center. the former GCC Northeast 4 (Cinema I & II) Theatre is being conveted into a Social Security center
The digital projector will be installed tomorrow, 3/21/2007, and will be in operation on 3/22/2007. The first movie to be showned at AMC Nesahminy 24 is digital is Paramount Pictures' “Zodiac”