Pembroke Mall Theatres

4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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This twin screener was formerly located outside Pembroke Mall Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The design of the theater if viewed by helicopter was in the shape of an old fashioned 35 millimeter movie camera with the 2 round film canisters on top. Because of the curved wall design of the auditoriums this dual plex could fit a curved screen perfectly.

I sat through many a “Star Trek” and “Police Academy” movie here. The theater was originally owned and operated by Plitt then sold out to Cineplex Odeon. Sometime in the late-1980’s early-1990’s Cineplex moved inside Pembroke Mall on the side facing the old two screener and it was eventually demolished.

Contributed by Adrian Everett

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NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on May 30, 2012 at 2:28 am

The description of this theatre’s design makes me think it was originally an ABC Ultravision twin theater; ABC had a similar design in Florida.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:

PEMBROKE MALL THEATRES

ADD TO ADDRESS:

4554 VIRGINIA BEACH BOULEVARD

ALSO PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY:

ABC SOUTHEASTERN THEATRES, INC.

CINEPLEX ODEOEN

AdrianEverett
AdrianEverett on March 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Nighthawk. It was a Twin Ultravision !

Here is a birds eye view from Google Maps. Look to the upper right hand corner of the mall and you will see an massive open spot where they once stood. :(

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pembroke+Mall/.8480496,-76.1331396,209m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89ba95a0f6a9435f:0x35eca990fd8bcc59?hl=en

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

AdrianEverett: I couldn’t get your link to work so I searched Pembroke Mall on Google Earth instead. Was the empty, odd-shaped lot on the corner of Jeanne Street and Constitution Drive the site of the Pembroke Mall Ultravision Theatres?

norfolk356
norfolk356 on May 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm

It was ABC before Plitt. A feature I thought was unique were curtains over the screens that were opened and closed electronically when a movie was starting or ending.

norfolk356
norfolk356 on May 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

The theater’s were on the north side of the mall. Pembroke Mall has made many changes to the north side over the year’s. In addition to the detached theater building, an open air mall that connected to the main building was once there. An outside strip section with store openings near the theater was also there. Eventually this area was redeveloped as a Hess department store and the open air portion was modified and enclosed. The theater moved to the newly enclosed area and the original building was demolished. Since then the entire north section has been redeveloped as a Target. Because of the many modifications on the north side, the original theater site is difficult to locate.

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