Centennial Lakes 8

7311 France Avenue S.,
Edina, MN 55435

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donaldsjerven
donaldsjerven on May 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Checked some old movie listings from online Star Tribune. Last day of business seems to have been Thursday March 31, 2005. I used to live across France from it and moved that same day. Both me and the theater were gone on April 1. No joke.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 16, 2017 at 1:45 am

This opened on August 17th, 1990. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Mike, this theatre wasn’t in a crummy part of town, AMC had a 16 plex just down the road.

Pichu8boy
Pichu8boy on July 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

This site is now Pinstripes.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

It might be in a crummy part of town like Regency Exchange 8 a GCC operation that lasted a little over 10 years.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Its still amazing to me that a theatre built new in 1990 is already gone.I can see that the theatre might not make it,but it seems a building that new could have been used for something else.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Jesse, I think GCC’s popcorn and concessions were in line with other theatres.I was enjoyed running a GCC operation.First Class.

northstar16
northstar16 on October 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Here is a photo of the theater taken at the time it first opened in 1990:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a2z_mpls/3495409557/

It was demolished several years ago and a new retail development now occupies the site.

csnaza
csnaza on August 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I worked for General Cinema Corperation at the old Southdale Cinema prior to moving to Centennial Lakes 8. The 1st showing at the “closed” Grand Opening was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 70mm. Awesome!!
Great times made better with good people!
I left the company in 1992 and had not been back until I saw Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003 after GCC had been bought out by AMC.
Too bad it closed…

MinnesotaJones
MinnesotaJones on January 14, 2009 at 6:55 am

In the early 90’s – it was state of the art. Saw many good first runs there. T2 for example looked and sounded great at Centennial Lakes.

ferrisbueller
ferrisbueller on November 15, 2008 at 10:40 am

Yeah, in the ‘90s it was the spot. Unique? Maybe not, but the presentation was nice, and if you lived in the southwest corner of Minneapolis and it’s suburbs this was the place to go until Southdale opened up.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on September 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Although this cinema has been closed for sometime, it has now been razed. Plans are to build a retail centre on the property.

Chaser892
Chaser892 on October 16, 2006 at 7:57 pm

I’m surprised to see the ‘generic’ and ‘no frills’ opinions of the place. Admittedly not unique like the Lagoon or Uptown, I remember Centennial being described by many as the nicest megaplex in the Twin Cities until the Mall of America opened. Of course both were soon made obselete by the stadium seating construction binge of the late 90s. But for a while it was THE place to go.

zooklaw
zooklaw on May 18, 2006 at 7:21 am

Centennial Lakes bowed after Burnhaven, but 2 years before Mall of America. It’s opening highlighted the Centennial Lakes Business Park & General Cinema had several special events in its first open year.

A no-frills GCC design, Cinemeccanica projector heads, Dolby & Kintek stereo, later upgraded to digital & a few 70mm titles played there throughout the early nineties. Not always the theatre with a good reputation for presentation quality, AMC’s acquisition of GCC, the construction of the new Eden Prarie multiplex & later the AMC buyout of the Megastar 16-plex in Southdale were all reasons for its closing. 24 AMC screens within a mile of each other seemed to be too excessively saturating the Edina market.