Raleigh Springs Cinema

3384 Austin Peay Highway,
Memphis, TN 38128

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Inside entrance 2011 Raleigh Springs Cinema

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Opened by General Cinema in 1975 as a twin screen movie theatre. It was expanded by Malco in 2002. The Raleigh Springs Mall which contained the cinema was practically empty for the last several years that the theatre operated.

The Raleigh Springs Cinema was closed on December 5, 2011.

Contributed by Will Dunklin, Vincent Astor

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 20, 2006 at 6:20 pm

Was the Raleigh Springs originally a twin cinema?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The Raleigh Springs I have shows it a General Cinema in 1977 in fact it is showing “FOR THE LOVE OF BENJI” in Cinema 1 and Cinema II has “THE GREEK TYCOON”.all seats were 1.50 until 2:00pm.

vastor
vastor on December 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

Raleigh Springs Cinema closed Monday, December 5.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/dec/07/curtain-falls-at-malco-raleigh-springs-cinema/

HornerJack
HornerJack on December 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

It appears in this case that Malco was a victim of a dying mall. Big empty malls are really creepy places, and business must have been affected.

vastor
vastor on July 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Opened by General Cinema in 1975, expanded by Malco in 2002.

theatrix
theatrix on January 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

NOTE: This is NOT the Raleigh Springs Cinema as opened in 1975. The mall actually had (2) cinemas over the years:

The original cinema (twin screens) was operated by the General Cinema Corporation. I believe it closed in the 1990s. It was located just inside the main entrance, about two bays down on the left.

The cinema pictured above is the larger multiplex built and operated by Malco in the early 2000’s, and closed in 2011. It was located in the same space previously operated by Woolworth’s (to the left and in the back rear section of the mall).

Why Malco built a new theater in such a heavily-vacant, long declined mall is anyone’s guess. However, a sign they posted prominently at the ticket window provided a good indication of the problems they were having with their clientele. The sign stated in no uncertain terms that shouting, cellphone use, or aggressive behavior would not be tolerated.

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