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.

Contributed by Jarrell Greever

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canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 16, 2011 at 3:11 am

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
wsasser on April 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

It is now a Church – see photos

wsasser
wsasser on August 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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

wsasser
wsasser on December 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

wsasser
wsasser on January 17, 2013 at 2:24 am

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

wsasser
wsasser on January 18, 2013 at 1:25 am

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

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 8, 2014 at 3:44 am

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

A better copy of the grand opening ad submitted by wasser in the photo section and below

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

May 6th, 1971 grand opening ad as a twin in the photo section as well as below.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 24, 2017 at 11:20 pm

I like the original grand opening ad touted “Luxurious Chair Seats”. CUTTING EDGE!

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