Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Burnsville, MN 55337

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The Jerry Lewis Cinemas were opened in 1971.

Contributed by Kirk J.Besse

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

We were set for a JERRY LEWIS THEATRE here in Augusta,Ga. But when Georgia Theatres heard the news they quickly built SOUTHGATE CINEMA. I wonder how often this happens,Make plans for an area then have the locals expand to keep you out of the market.

DaveNewton on December 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

There was a JERRY LEWIS THEATER where I grew up, in Mableton, Ga. It was the only theater in our town (an Atlanta suburb) so I saw many film there. To the best of my recollection it opened up in 1970, give or take a year. It had definitely been open for a while by 1972, because that’s when I saw the “Superstars of Shock” triple feature there (a re-release of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mark of the Vampire, & The Mask of Fu Manchu). Now I own the one sheet poster for it, so I know that was 1972.
Also, Lynyrd Skynryd played there in 1972, in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition.
It was one of the first theaters in the metro Atlanta area to get Dolby sound in the mid-seventies, which was strange considering how off the beaten track it was for most Atlantans. By 1978, it was no longer part of the Jerry Lewis chain, as it began showing x-rated films.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Dave, I think Jerry Lewis sold his theatres way before 1978. But iam sure someone on CT has the right date. I still wish we would have gotten one in Augusta.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

The September 13, 1971, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Jerry Lewis Cinema at Burnsville was nearing completion and expected to open within a couple of weeks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 3, 2010 at 11:13 am

(Jerry Lewis cinemas were franchised. Jerry Lewis himself said they were “the most significant contribution to the movie industry of this decade”.)

Significant indeed. The failed Jerry Lewis franchises resulted in a lucrative nationwide chain of porno theatres that lasted until the 80’s and made blockbusters out of “Deep Throat” and “The Devil in Miss Jones”. He inadvertently, or otherwise, did more to bring mafia run porn to the suburbs that anyone else in the industry.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Those of you interested,Jerry explains his Failed Cinemas on JERRY LEWIS CINEMAS. Canton.CT.

nelsonexpert on August 25, 2010 at 3:00 am

The Jerry Lewis Cinema in Burnsville, MN opened Fri. 10/1/71 with “The Anderson Tapes” and “Lawman” (not Billy Jack as stated at the top) There was also a weekend matinee of “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. At least a few years ago, the building was still standing and being used for other purposes.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Well,it opened with the kind of movies Jerry did not want,he found out quick in the 70’s very little G product.both movies mentioned above were GP which in those days were for Adults,Today’s PG is kid friendly.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

The franchise deal allowed for GP, but not for R. Still, by the early seventies most big hits were R or X and Disney was in its nadir.

rivest266 on January 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

October 1st, 1971 grand opening ad in the photo section.

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