Northline Cinema

700 Northline Mall,
Houston, TX 77022

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OLIVER! opening wide

The Gulfgate, Meyerland, and Northline Cinemas were each cast from the same mold: two auditoriums, one seating around 900 the other with a capacity of approximately 500, joined together with a shared lobby in the centre. This design was one of General Cinemas best in that it afforded great sightlines with an excellent sound system. Unfortunately, all save the Meyerland, were sliced up during the late 1970s and converted into quads. The Gulfgate was demolished a few years ago and the Meyerland is slated to be razed. The Northline was still intact, although shuttered as of a year ago.

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Jermaine on March 21, 2007 at 2:41 pm

I saw every single Star Wars film here…from SW in 77 to Jedi in 83. I remember riding my bike up to this theater in the summer of 1980 with my friends and seeing The Empire Strikes Back…week after week. Good memories. There was a great Shakey’s Pizza right next door.

greg6363 on April 14, 2007 at 7:48 am

The General Cinema Northline 4 closed near the end of 1996 and was razed in 2001.

bazookadave on September 26, 2007 at 4:34 am

When I was a kid in the 1960s and 70s my family drove down from NYC to spend summers with my dad’s parents in Houston. I remember it was always fun to go the the Northline Mall, and it was a short drive from my grandparent’s house on Catamore Street. We only attended a couple of movies at this theater and I don’t recall what they were, but I remember many times looking across the parking lot at the building. In the picture the vertical gray stripes on the exterior look much lighter than I remember them. In fact I remember them as nearly black. Sorry to learn it was demolished. Looks like many places from my childhood are disappearing, Astro World is gone and so is my grandfather’s old church on Little York Road. :(

richjr37 on January 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Saw “Superman” here in 1978. Nice.

Jermaine on March 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

just returned from a Houston visit.
as of winter 2008, this theater is gone.
completely razed to the ground…like it never was there.

sepiatone on June 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

The Meyerland Plaza 8 lists William Riseman and William Riseman Associates as the respective architect and firm for that theater. Was that also true of the Northline? Can anyone confirm?

dave-bronx™ on June 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Riseman designed all the General Cinema operations from about the early to mid-1950s through the late-1970s, when he either retired or passed. In the early days Smith Management/General Drive-In/General Cinema operated bowling alleys, Amy Joy Donut Shops, Peter Pan Snack Shop, Richard’s Drive-In restaurants as well as the drive-in and indoor theatres, everything built by the company, or remodeled after acquisition from others was the work of the Riseman firm, located in Boston. Riseman also did a lot of theatre work for Sumner Redstone/National Amusements, also headquartered in Boston.

BrianF on July 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

I used to deliver films in cans there when we were done with them at North Oaks 6 or Kingwood 2. Northline was in the next market pocket down the line. I am really impressed, dave-bronx, to see you posting on this one, ha ha.

Greg_Smith on June 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

Saw the Blues Brothers here back in 1980. My memory of the place has faded over the years, too bad there aren’t any pics of this theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

Greg i bet someone has one or two somewhere…..

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