Regal Riverdale Cinema 3

2011 Cunningham Boulevard,
Hampton, VA 23666

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Regal Riverdale Cinema 3

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Opened as a single screen independent of 800 seats in July 1965, sold to Martin Theatres and remodeled into one of the first “twins” in 1969. Reopened in that format on May 1, 1970… not by “splitting”, but by adding a completely new addition (with 500 seats) onto the original facility. One of the very first multi-screen complexes.

Sold to Neighborhood Theatres around the late-1980’s which split the smaller twin, creating a triple. Downgraded to a dollar house in its later years. Closed in 1997. It still stands, in use as a church.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

kseward on July 15, 2007 at 9:23 am

Blog post of pics from May 2007:

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Evidently the theater went thru a minor facelift after 2003.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 12:03 am

The recent opening of the Riverdale Theatre was announced in Boxoffice of August 9, 1965. A single-screen house of 610 seats, it was designed by architect Drew Eberson for the regional circuit Gordon Enterprises, operated by brothers Julian, Jerome, and Leonard Gordon.

canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I was involved in adding “DOLBY” CP-50 sound upgrades in the early 80’s, also adding projection and sound eguipment for new additions when theatre was purchased by Neiborhood Theatres.

wsasser on April 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

It is now a Church – see photos

wsasser on August 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

Operated as a single screen, double screen and finally triple screen from 1965 to 1997

wsasser on December 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

I just posted a photo of the Grand Opening ad dated July 1, 1965

wsasser on January 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Just posted a photo of the ad announcing the addition of the third theater – June 14, 1991

wsasser on January 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Just posted a photo of an ad announcing the opening of the twin.

wsasser on February 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Opened in July 1965 and closed in 1997

NightHawk1 on March 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

The Riverdale Cinema 3 was never a Cinemark house. Gordon Theaters opened the Riverdale in 1965, Martin Theatres took over in 1969 and subsequently twinned the theater. Martin was rebranded Carmike Cinemas in 1985; the Riverdale Twin was run by Carmike from 1985 until about 1987, when Neighborhood Theatres took over. Neighborhood turned the Riverdale into a three-screen cinema in 1991 and eventually sold out to Regal Cinemas, who closed the Riverdale Cinema 3.

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