UA Movies at Burnsville 4

Burnsville, MN 55337

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It was a very run down, and easily the poorest of the Burnsville theaters in terms of quality and popularity. It was always dirty and very small. Ironically, it was the last of the three movie houses in Burnsville Center’s parking lot to close down. Rocco Altobelli and Game Room Gallery now reside there currently.

Contributed by Brian Pricco

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zooklaw on April 26, 2006 at 12:23 pm

UA’s Burnsville operation was split between The Movies 1-4 inside the mall, adjacent to JC Penny, and the Movies 5-8 in the parking lot. 1-4 opened with the mall in 1977, 5-8 in 1983. Each cinema had one DTS equipped auditorium at their closing, neither UA or Regal had upgraded the cinemas any further than that.

I would believe that 1-4 had projection booths behind each auditorium, elevated just above seating level. 1-4 used Bauer projectors and Prime Energy backwards-spinning platters. 5-8 had an upstairs booth with Century projectors & ORC platters & consoles.

1-4 was particularly crowded because the entrance from the box office, concession lines, bathroom lines & exit pathways all converged on the same space. For years, this theatre was overattended & packed. 5-8 was only slightly better; the lobby was still shoulder-to-shoulder on busy nights.

Both buildings had awful earth-tones throughout. The mall had a huge marquee sign erected on county road 42 for the life of theater that was always hard to read & often sloppy. Truly an example of a run down little mall theatre in each case.

ferrisbueller on January 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

Burnsville Center has a shiny new multiplex in the parking lot now. The decor is Atlantis themed, otherwise it’s pretty typical of multiplexes everywhere.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

The Movies at Burnsville was slated to open soon, according to Boxoffice of October 10, 1977. The April 11, 1977, issue of Boxoffice had said that The Movies at Burnsville would have 1,304 seats.

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