North Star Cinema

600 North Star Mall,
San Antonio, TX 78216

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The North Star Cinema was the first multiplex built in San Antonio. It opened on Christmas Day 1964. Cinema I had 958 seats and Cinema II had 526 seats. “The Sound of Music” had an 88 week run there, a still unbroken record!

I got my first job as an usher there in 1968. On the day I started Cinema II was running “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm. It was the last 70mm film that North Star Cinema ran. The biggest hits always seemed to play on North Star Cinema’s screens.

In the late 1970s, Cinema I’s auditorium was split into two auditoriums. It was a poor job, and the charm the theatre once had was lost forever. It closed in 1982.

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Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 4, 2006 at 5:49 am

The North Star Cinema was originally built free-standing in the North Star Mall parking lot. Later a Joskes store was built free-standing just 300 yards or so east of the Cinema. In 1969 North Star Mall enlarged and engulfed North Star Cinema and Joskes, and they both ended up inside the mall, surrounded by other stores and businesses.

rockarollaman on October 11, 2006 at 5:39 am

I had just moved to this side of town when this theater was on it’s last days. I saw FIREFOX and SUPERMAN II at this theater. It was nothing spectacular just nice memories.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

The North Star Cinema was designed by William Riseman Associates. Plans, sections, and detail sheets are in the J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library.

Coate on April 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the North Star Mall. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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