Movieland 8 Theatres

200 Thruway Plaza Drive,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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Movieland 8 Theatres

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This theater building was previously occupied by Thruway Cinema 8 which was last operated by Dipson Theatres. That theater closed in 2002.

Movieland 8 Theatres moved to this location in 2004.

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buildersent on March 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

After going to this theater for the last 30 years (the last 8 as movieland) it is time to avoid this place.

The operators are running this place into the ground much like their previous theater (Como 8).

Chairs are no longer attached to the floor, ceiling tiles in the theaters have fallen due to a leaky roof and never replaced, the rest rooms are disgusting, the bulb intensity of the projectors is turned down to save money, theaters 1 & 2 have a constant humming the last several times I have been there and if that is not enough the theaters are rarely cleaned.

I was there 3 times in the last 8 days – old pop cups are laying around, one theater I was in twice still had the wrappers, sticky pop and candy laying on the floor from a couple days prior. The smell is getting to be too and the place is simply becoming a dump.

John Fink
John Fink on March 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I’m wondering how long it’ll be around – a few discount houses in other areas have gone digital (at least for a 3D screen or two, if not completely). Not sure if this one will make it. (although Buffalo has been about on schedule with digital adoption)

Greg_Smith on April 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

@buildersent-that has not been my experience here but it has been a few months since I have been at the Movieland. You are right about the old Como 8. The last time I went there in 2002 it had a strong musty odor. A real shame as that had been one of my favorites. Perhaps the recession is causing a need for cost cutting, but hopefully, your experience was an aberration.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

It looked like a GGC.

John Fink
John Fink on August 6, 2012 at 2:45 am

Boy this is still a popular theater underscoring the need for more discount theaters, but while they clean between shows – I feel like more important issues are largely ignored (like repairing wear and tare, painting, etc). Today the air conditioning was out in the 3 big theaters to the left of the concessions. The musty odor virtually makes it impossible for me to get through a show there – not to mention the humming sound and underlit projection. I’d say you get what you pay for but I’d say you get even less. Dipson owns several theaters of this vintage and guess what – they do the little things to keep them in good shape, Eastern Hills is equally as old and its both spotless and well maintained. With that said it appears Dipson is moving ahead and keeping pace with digital conversion (AMC and Regal in town I believe are all digital now) – with Amherst, Eastern Hills and McKinley almost at 100%. I’m not sure MovieLand and Market Arcade will make it once film prints become unavailable (although who knows – maybe the owners of this place are saving up to go digital by not taking care of the physical building). It’s a shame because people are very loyal to this theatre – perhaps another operator who specializes in discount movie theaters (PictureShow or StarPlex) could do better as they’ve also mostly converted their discount operations to digital.

LeeBert on August 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

@Greg_Smith, Buildersent speaks the truth. I have been going to this theater for years now but started cutting way back. I tend to go early in the afternoon, after I get out of work. At that time of day, it is not very busy ( which makes it nice without all the riff-raff ). Here are some highlights of the place:

1)The bathrooms are as gross as can be. They are extremely dirty and half the time, out of supplies. 2)Last week, there were 4 people behind the counter. Two of them were working. There was butter drippings and straw wrappers on the counter and the floor behind the counter was covered in popcorn. The other two employees just stood there doing nothing. I’ve even seen employees back there just texting away or talking when people are waiting. Also, God forbid they make these people wear hair nets or caps of some sort. 3) Two months ago I arrived for a 1pm show. Nothing’s filled/restocked. I ordered my normal popcorn and drink. They had JUST turned on the butter warmer. The girl knew this and proceeded to pump this lukewarm crap on my popcorn, like I wouldn’t notice this when I started eating it. There is always crap on the floor. 90% of the employees have the personality of a firehydrant. They take NOOOOO pride whatsoever in how they look, how their company looks, or treating the customer like their jobs depend on it. Yeah, I know it’s a min wage job, but it’s still a job and you applied for it and got it. Try taking some pride in how you do your job. And this goes even MORE SO for the owners of this place. Seriously, do you really NOT CARE about your patrons..? We pay our hard earned money to frequent your establishment, and you can’t even toss some Scrubbing Bubbles in the urinals or toilets. And you certainly don’t snap your employees into shape and teach them how to treat your patrons. I’ve seen the managers walk through and say nothing about how sh*tty the place looks. Will I still go there..? Yep. Simply because you can’t beat the price. But the owners and employees should truly be embarassed to the core at the upkeep of the place. I am really starting to believe CUSTOMER SERVICE is truly dead.

John Fink
John Fink on September 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

There’s a reason not to eat the popcorn. It is a small business running on very tight margins and I’m not sure if they’ll convert to digital (they were asking folks on their Facebook page to vote for Movieland for a $250,000 small business grant). It looks Movieland, Market Arcade and North Park will be the last to go digital, if at all.

buildersent on June 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Movieland is beginning to upgrade to digital. So far it will be limited to one theater (they say this on their facebook page). In order to pay for this they have increased their prices.

With new competition from dipson movieland needs to convert to digital and clean this place up. The theaters are dirty, they smells and the viewing experience due to underlit projections is poor.

buildersent on September 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

Visited this theater over the weekend.

On saturday nights they play movie trivia before the viewing giving out snacks and free passes as prizes. Its fun.

Unfortunately, their screens are terribly underlit, floors are sticky and dirty, rugs in the hallways smell and the restrooms are gross. They simply do little to no maintenance. This theater is going the way of their former location at Appletree Mall and turning into a dump.

John Fink
John Fink on September 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

They’re 3/8th digital – with 5 35MM screens. I saw a digital presentation here last year and it wasn’t the greatest – pillar boxed on a small scope screen in one of those long bowling alley-like cinemas on the left side of the complex. This was a compromise for a foreign language film, originally they had showed it in scope until the audience complained (the subtitles were chopped off), had it not been subtitled we might have seen it in the wrong aspect ratio without catching it.

Not sure what its future will be – they launched an IndieGoGo campaign that wasn’t successful and even first run theaters are finding themselves limited (I occasionally look and see what’s playing at a few theaters I know of that haven’t gone digital yet). Here they’re getting newer, more indie films on digital (I’m glad they’re showing these films – they actually do pretty well here!) and commercial hits on 35MM. An ideal outcome would be Movieland gets the financing or another operator steps in and makes a few improvement to the place while taking it digital. It sure is popular (even charging double what Dipson does at McKinely – which is in better shape) – and could be even more successful with some improvements.

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