Loft Cinema

3233 E. Speedway Boulevard,
Tucson, AZ 85716

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AMC Advert, January 17, 1988

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The Loft Cinema shows first-run independent, foreign and documentary films. Also shown are “Late Night Cult Classics” such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” which is shown every Saturday at midnight. The Loft Cinema has a 500 seat main theater and a smaller 125 seat upstairs theatre, which at one time was known as the Penthouse Cinema. In 2014 a third screen was built to the east of the theatre, and a fourth screen is planned.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

Wonder if “ROCKY HORROR” is still playing.

ZachBreneman
ZachBreneman on June 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

The Loft is alive and well and still showing Rocky Horror!

MovieMgr
MovieMgr on June 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Updated and edited on June 26, 2011 I worked for a small chain of Art Theatres from 1963-1973. The company was Art Theatre Guild, Inc. Founded by Louis K.Sher in Bexley, Ohio in 1955. The company moved its HQ to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963. I was promoted to manager in 1964 and sent to Tucson to operate the original Loft Theatre located at 6th & Fremont, which I also lived in. I also managed the Fine Art in Fresno, The Rockhill in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cinema in Hollywood, the Art Theatre in Dayton along with the Little Art in Yellow Springs, Ohio and The Bexley (then first twin theatre in America) in Bexley, Ohio along with the World Theatre in Columbus and the Opera House in Granville, Ohio. I was the manager of the Bexley and World theatres from 1969 – 1973.

Logan5
Logan5 on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 am

AMC operated this theatre as the “Showcase 2” when I last lived in Tucson (1988).

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Lippert Theatres also ran this theatre, prior to AMC.

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on July 19, 2014 at 12:51 am

Here’s a link to one of its early newspaper ads:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:EVb0mBS4ntwJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1970/08-22/page-50+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I think this might be it’s grand opening:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:aeXBu8lUl8YJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1969/05-02/page-25+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The upstairs screen was originally a separate theater known as the Penthouse Cinema.

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on September 13, 2014 at 12:02 am

Here’s an old promo for the Penthouse:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:SpXuO81XZ2QJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1970/11-20/page-24+&cd=27&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en

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