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It was a Twin Cinema until July of 1984. The owners took screen 1 & split it in half making two smaller theaters (roughly 150 seating capacity per theater) then was reopened in late summer of ‘84. The Cinema then went under the name Westerly Cinemas 1, 2, & 3.
I remember seeing a most of my movies here as a kid! Including “Star Wars”(1977), “Superman: The Movie(1978), "Rocky III”(1982), “Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom”(1984), “The Goonies”(1985), “Back To The Future”(1985), the list goes on & on. It was a twin until the summer of 1984, when the first theater was split in two. Its a tragedy to hear what happened to this theater.
WOW!! What a blast from the past this is! This was one of two local neighborhood theaters in the area. I remember seeing some great movies at The United in the early eighties including “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” (summer 1981 & re-release 1982), & “Return Of The Jedi” on Memorial Day 1983. Me & my brother got there an hour and half before showtime (the 7:15 pm show) to ensure good seats! Looong wait. Totally worth it. I also remember seeing “Vacation” & “Risky Business” as a rare double bill in January of 1984. The last movie I saw there was “Ghostbusters” in October of 84. Its a shame that The United hasn’t been restored yet. In this era of digital projection as well as sound it would be quite an awesome theater. It really is a shame. Also today marks the 28th anniversary of the release of “Return Of The Jedi” & the 33rd anniversary of “Star Wars”.
I remember seeing some great movies here. “King Kong” (1976), “Saturday Night Fever” (1978), “Superman III” (1983), “Star Trek III:The Search For Spock” (1984), & “Back To The Future” (1986).