Meyerland Plaza 8
100 Meyerland Plaza,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres
Architects: William C. Riseman
Firms: William Riseman Associates
Previous Names: Meyerland Cinema I & II
Although there were at least three other General Cinemas two-screen complexes with the same “butterfly” design (e.g. the Northline and the Gulfgate cinemas) the Meyerland was the only of the lot to survive the auditorium splitting of the 1970’s and 1980’s. The proprietors of the Meyerland Shopping Centre allegedly had a rider on the GC contract stating that at least one of the theatre’s two auditoriums must remain intact. It opened on April 14, 1965.
Whatever the reason, the “un-twined” auditorium was one of the top five spots to screen a flick up until the early-1990’s. By then AMC had opened a 14 screen multiplex near by in Meyer Park and GC needed more space to compete. The Meyerland was gutted and eight screens were placed in the existing shell. Although not too bad of a make over, the auditoriums were very small and lacked the magnificent of the original two-screen complex. It was closed on January 15, 1995.
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