Burnhaven Cinema 8

14551 Burnhaven Drive,
Burnsville, MN 55306

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It was extremely popular and crowded. It was a shock when it closed down, mainly because it always was so successful business-wise. It opened in 1986 and closed in 1998.

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zooklaw
zooklaw on April 25, 2006 at 10:00 am

The Burnhaven is located in the parking lot of the Burnsville Center shopping mall. It is only a rough block from the former UA theaters of that mall. Burnhaven would play complimentary content to the mall theaters. Often times when you saw trailers for a film at Burnhaven, the feature would most likely open in the UA cinemas. I was once told this was because GCC was trying to cross-promote for its Har-Mar location.

Burnhaven was the better of Burnsville Center’s surrounding cinemas. It opened with half stereo, half mono, and later added digital sound in several auditoriums. The lobby was spacious with a large central concession stand, and a giant box office foyer, comparable to the space later built miles away at the Lakeville Theatre. The cinema had 4 auditoriums in two seperate wings.

Presentation was usually better than the UA theaters. I can recall far fewer film breaks & interruptions at Burnhaven. It was not always the cleanest, but it certainly trumped anything nearby. However, the opening of the Lakeville Theatre with stadium seating brought an end to movies at Burnsville Center, first with Burnhaven. This also came around the time of the AMC merger for GCC, and Burnhaven was apparently not looked at as a valuable location.

Comparatively, it was a better theater than average for the south metro.

bigred
bigred on July 25, 2007 at 1:14 am

The correct closing was 2001. GC wasn’t bought by AMC until March of 2002.

The reason for the trailers wasn’t to promote Har Mar as much as it came down to what trailers you had and how many. It also depended on the rating and format. In the mid ‘90’s GC also had a rule that no Fox trailers are to be on any film. The reason for this was that GC and Fox had a feud and only Mall of America and Ford City in Chicago were allowed to show Fox movies. It didn’t stop there, no Fox one sheets were allowed. It lasted a few years but GC let up and started allowing trailers and one sheets.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

The last display ad for this theatre was on September 17, 1998.

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