New Harbour Mall Cinemas

374 William S. Canning Boulevard,
Fall River, MA 02721

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This is currently the only active movie theatre in Fall River and has been operating for several decades in a mall a couple of miles from the downtown area. It is near the intersection of Routes 81 and 24.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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joemasher
joemasher on July 18, 2005 at 1:39 am

This was once a USA Cinema, then a Loews Theatre for many years. The 8-plex is now being operated by Galaxy Cinemas out of Guttenberg, NJ, who also operate the famed Lafayette in Suffern, NY.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2005 at 10:01 am

I visited the place today to see Wedding Crashers. The auditorium I was in seemed to have rather new seats and was very clean and fresh, as must be the case with the rest of the auditoriums. At the entrance to the theatre from inside Harbour Place Mall, there was no large display of titles and starting times, only a bulletin-board size listing. The entrance area is not quite a lobby so much as a disconcerting wide Chunnel into the theatre. The carpeting here has a pattern that is a mixture of film reels and popcorn boxes. I wonder if they want you to buy something to eat? The projection was OK except that about 18 inches of the left side of the Scope image was projected onto black masking not drawn far enough to the left to expose that part of the screen.

frmike
frmike on December 27, 2005 at 3:21 am

I’m originally from Fall River and remember how devastated I was when the Center Theatre on South Main St. closed in the 70s. Fall River was without a theatre for several years until the one at the Harbour Mall opened in the early 80s (think it was 1983). At the time, I was a student at Salve Regina College in Newport. I sure saw a lot of mindless stuff in that place—such classics as Footloose, Better Off Dead, Hot Dog, Making the Grade, Dirty Dancing and Switch.

Though it’s still in existence, the place brings back fond memories of my adolescence. Used to go there with a buddy of mine all the time. Turned out we were more interested in each other than the cheesy bimbo starlets we’d see on the screen, but that’s a story for another forum :)

I think my movie tastes have improved; however, I can still enjoy a bad comedy.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 27, 2005 at 3:47 am

What do you remember of the Center Theatre? You should post it on that page, as well as stuff on any other Fall River theatres, since there is so little posted.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 6, 2006 at 1:33 am

An impressive collection of rare photos of historic Fall River theatres can be seen by clicking here. These are what have been lost!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 26, 2006 at 5:05 am

The Harbour Mall 6 opened on February 16, 1984. House manager was Dewey Mitchell. The venue was owned by Lockwood-Friedman Theatres, the same company that ran Cinema 40 in New Bedford and other areas.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 26, 2006 at 6:42 am

According to the April 2001 Loews directory, the Harbor Mall Cinemas had seat counts of 233; 195; 265; 265; 120; 120; 200; 265 – total 1663 seats.

eazyezhomie
eazyezhomie on September 11, 2007 at 11:28 am

this place was great i have seen so many movies here but today i have some disappointing news,after many years of great entertainment and a home to many young adults,New Harbour Mall Cinemas has officially closed on September 3rd 2007

paradoxfox
paradoxfox on May 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

I left Fall River in the late 1990’s and had no idea that this place had closed.

For me the best of the place was that it was local (and didn’t involve a drive out of the city), and that it opened with such great intentions…including in honoring the city’s adopted daughter Betty Hutton, with a theater named after her.

I saw hundreds of movies here and watched the theater invigorate the dying mall, and then keep it afloat as other things closed. I didn’t hae a love of the place as I did the older Fall River theaters, but it meant something to me as a portal to to the dreams of other things that movies bring.

murphymj
murphymj on October 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I was one of the original employees of this theatre and remember it well. I was an usher there through my last year of high school and then during summers in college. If any of the employees from that time want to reconnect, I would welcome that.

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