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A Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) store has just opened in the space that used to be this theater. Have not been there, but I would imagine pretty much any trace of this being a theater is gone. The lobby doors were outside the mall adjacent to the main entrance leading into the food court.
Saw the Blues Brothers here back in 1980. My memory of the place has faded over the years, too bad there aren’t any pics of this theater.
@buildersent-that has not been my experience here but it has been a few months since I have been at the Movieland. You are right about the old Como 8. The last time I went there in 2002 it had a strong musty odor. A real shame as that had been one of my favorites. Perhaps the recession is causing a need for cost cutting, but hopefully, your experience was an aberration.
Remember this as the Commerce Park 8 in the early 1990’s. While is was not stadium seating, it was a step up from the mall theaters for legroom and overall ambiance. One of my favorites back in the day.
Only went to this theater once, back in 1978 to see Animal House. I seem to remember walking up to the 2nd level of the mall to get to the theater, but being over 30 years don’t know if I can trust my memory. If anyone out there remembers going here or worked there it would be great to fill in some of the details on this cinema.
True, this theater has the old 1980’s look. As there are no stadium theaters nearby, I think the Maple Ridge is a safe bet to remain open for now. They no longer advertise in the newspaper, need to check out IMDB to see what is playing here.
Going to this theater is almost like going back in time to experience what theaters were like in the 1970’s – including the $2 specials on Weds. Well run with helpful employees, overall a good place to check out a movie you may have missed on the first run.
Last time I drove by The Showplace it had a for sale sign for anyone out there who might want to take a gamble on the movie business.
The opening of this theater closely coincided with the opening of Titanic. They really packed in the crowds those first few months as this was the first stadium seating theater in the area as well.
Thanks Rebstock for that behind the scenes look at the movie business during the 1970’s. I do recall that Star Wars opened up at different months during the summer of 77 depending on your location. Also, the lines that would wrap around the block to buy tickets in those pre-internet days. The movie business has changed quite a bit since those times.
scottneff-It’s been about 20 years since I was at this theater so I am operating from memory. I recall the cinema being located adjacent to where the food court is today in the mall. The 1156 in your address refers to a store location in the mall. That address now belongs to a store called Imaginations which is currently at that spot in the mall. I believe this was originally a GCC theater which was taken over by AMC when GCC went bankrupt in the late 1990’s. It was closed shortly after when AMC opened it’s 24 multiplex nearby.