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I went to a couple of movies here back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Nice theater. It was a dollar theater by then. Used to go to the restaurant in the parking lot there after we would watch a movie. Good times.
Another theater I went to many times in my youth. I saw Porky’s and Conan the Barbarian here to name a few of the movies I saw here as a teen. I quit going to this theater as much when Westridge mall opened.(now desert sky mall) . Ah, great memories.
I remember seeing moves at this theater in 80’s. I thought it was cool taking the escalator up to watch the shows. Good memories.
I ride buy the drive-in every day. I sure miss the place. I have no idea what they are going to do with the land. A perfectly good and successful drive- in going to waste. Sad.
I took in a few movies at this theater during the 80’s and early 90’s. It was a nice theater, nothing fancy. Fee’s middle school used to take their students here as a reward during the school year until it closed. Nearly all of the theaters of my college days are now gone. Am I that old? Hardly any independent theaters left in the East Valley. Well, Tempe cinemas is still open.
I frequented this theater many times over the years. I like the fact that it wasn’t so crowded and I could go here to watch the latest flicks. My family finally quit going there because of the seats. They were just too uncomfortable to sit through a long movie. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t stadium seating, but I couldn’t take watching my family squirm and wanting to leave the movie early because of the hard seats. I hope they have replaced some of the seats there, or switch to stadium seating. When they do, I’ll return. In the meantime I go to other Harkins theaters to see the latest shows, usually the matinee at Arizona Mills. Other than that, it’s a nice theater.
Sad to see this drive-in just sitting there unused because of a leasing dispute . The entire Phoenix metro area only has ONE drive-in-the Glendale nine. There are only 2 left in all of AZ- the Glendale Nine and the Apache in Globe. I don’t think anyone is opening any new drive-ins in the state. Sad.
I remember this theater and mall well from my youth. We used to come to this theater to see many movies in my high school days. I remember seeing Friday the 13th part 3 3D and Rocky movies in the HUGE auditorium. I was in awe of the sheer size of the place. It was awesome. Now, almost all of the theaters I went to in my younger days and the old , big movie houses and malls are gone except for the Valley Art theater in Tempe. As a movie buff and a history teacher, I hate the fact that AZ does a terrible job of preserving their historic buildings and our past, in the name of progress. Maybe someday, we will. At least we still have the Orpheum.
Sadly, Farrelli’s has closed unexpectantly late in October due to a dispute with the new landlord and the bank. It was a great 10 year run. Read the details at www.farrellis.com.
This Cine Capri seats 604 guests. The other Cine Capri on 101 and Scottsdale Rd. seats 548 I believe. I haven’t watched a movie yet at either one. I’m still getting over the original Cine Capri. I will go there soon.
I am glad to see the theater reopening again. This is the second theater in Scottsdale reopening in the last year. Love the Cinema!
I completely agree with you MPol. I am a movie buff, and I have the home theater, flat screen t.v. etc…but something was missing. I also have a small business doing outdoor movies with an inflatable screen, too.(I love the Drive-in too). Yet, despite all my equipment, my family loves going to the movies for our family entertainment. It’s a nice affordable , pleasant way to spend an evening with the family, especially during the summer months. We go to a nice older family friendly discount theater where the kids actually don’t run around like wild packs, and when the movies start, People actually put their cell phones away and enjoy the show. I also know from my business, that there is an audience for the old classic movies, if done right. I love the classics, and I haven’t been thrilled with most of the stuff coming out of hollywood lately. The movie going experience is adapting, but it won’t die.
Yes it is located on N. Eight St. Now that street is called Dysart Rd. It was only called Eight St. in Avondale. Man, I haven’t heard it called that in years. I can get an exact address when I go down there this weekend for you.
The theater is located on Western Ave., the NW corner of Central Ave. and Western. I will get an exact address when I go down there this weekend. There are a couple of old theaters I want to check out while I’m on the westside of the Phoenix Metro Area.
I had my fondest memory of the cinema at this drive-in. This was the entertainment in Avondale up until it closed in 1981. I remember as a child in the 70’s going to the drive-in to watch all of the Disney shows (herbie the Love bug, Mary Poppins, The Apple Dumpling Gang,..) as wall as Star Wars, and Jaws. The last movie we saw at the oasis was Godzilla vs. Megalon in 1981 before they shut it down.
It was torn down and today a apartment complex is on the site. My dad didn’t go to the movies for years after they tore down the Oasis.A lot of good memories there.
It was a small, three screen theater which was called the Avondale Cinema (Theater). It is a separate building from the bowling alley and Hair salon(and at one time restaurant)which are still there. When it first opened in 1987, I went there to see Predator. It wasn’t very big; honestly the theater was downright small(about a 80-100 seats in the smaller screens). But since there wasn’t any other theaters in town, and the closest one at the time was nearly 10 miles away in west Phoenix, I was excited that I could finally attend the theater in my hometown. When the Palm Valley 14 opened, it closed down. Today it is operating as a church. I will try to get photos soon.
I grew up in Avondale..I remember my mom telling me about going to the movies there as a child in the 50’s. By the time I was born it was a grocery store,(Jeff’s). It then was closed down and opened in the early 1980’s as a arcade, which I went to frequently. I always wondered why this theater shut down as a kid, and I was hoping someone would someday buy the building and turn it back into a theater. I have pictures of the building which I will try to post as soon as I figure out how to. My parents still live in Avondale, and when I make my weekly visit, I drive down the old downtown to look at the building. There was some talk of restoring the theater as an arthouse theater as part of a revitalization project of old town Avondale, but nothing has happened as of yet.