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There was a separate Cinema that Stewart & Everett ran before opening this theatre. There are some instances in the Rock Hill Herald where both theatre are operating at the same time. I think this opened as a 4-screen.
The theatre will be reopening in a few weeks under new management. While doing a Cinematour through Columbia tonight we were fortunate enough to meet the new management and get a tour of the building. Check out their site:
I love the old Escape UA signs. It was like they were telling their employees something.
I enjoy that GTC just covered the UA part with Georgia Theatre Company.
Theatre opened as a 12-screen.
According to some photos I found elsewhere on the internet the place has been badly vandalized, at leat the exterior has.
This was an Eastern Federal property.
Judging from Google Earth — it looks like the building that WAS at this address was torn down and something new put in its place. Does the shell of the building still stand?
I’ve never had a chance to see what the inside of those big screens looked like, nobody ever took pictures while they were still operating. So it makes me sad that the first time I’ve seen inside, they’re being demolished.
Solano Drive-In in Concord has a similar building, as does the Santa Barbara Drive-In. The less stylish dome snack bars still exist in Sacramento, San Jose and Glendale (AZ).
Scares me that Radio City Music Hall had ORC consoles… I was never a fan.
Photos of both can be found on Cinematour.
Beautiful photo. Where did you find it?
The drive-in is no longer seasonal (hasn’t been since it reopened). It runs year round!
Was this a GCC Theatre?
Wasn’t this theatre originally called Criterion? If so — that should be noted somewhere.
It was the logo for Consolidated Theatres.
Judging by photos I’ve seen (even the one on Carmike’s website) it was definitely an AMC. The signage and snack bar are definite give aways.
The theatres aren’t actually side by side; they are down the street from each other. Whatever the case it is an impressive sight to see.
This actually never opened as a Century, it was always operated by Cinemark. It is just branded as a Century Theatre to keep in line with all the other properties in the Tucson area.
Chris — what do you mean by down vs. up sloping?
Is down where you enter at the top of the stadium and step down? And up where you enter at the bottom and walk up?
Lippert Theatres also ran this theatre, prior to AMC.
You’ll notice that’s because there’s no address listed.
Cause GCC knew how to build em! :) Unfortunately didn’t know how to keep em. That theatre was GCC, AMC, Kerasotes, AMC and then a forced sell to Regal. Poor latchkey theatre.
Also similar to the City North in Chicago.
(click on the photos box in the upper right corner of the street view)
By the looks of the lobby and auditorium this was a Regal Cinema at some point?
And that would be East Shelby Dr.