Alpha Cinema 1 & 2

Kokomo, IN 46901

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I don’t know when the Alpha opened but know it closed in 1988. It was opened by General Cinema and closed when sold to Kerasotes along with the Kokomo Mall but never opened under Kerasotes.

It was located behind the Kokomo Mall in a strip mall. The projection booth was downstairs and possible to block the movie in the auditoriums if you were to stand up in the back row.

The box office was when you first went up to the building then go through the doors and had a concession stand. The lobby went to the left but wasn’t very big. If I remember right you had to go straight to enter one auditorium and to the left for the other.

I can remember watching “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” there. Shortly before “Empire” started they brought “Star Wars” back for a time. I can also remember watching “Superman II” there along with “Flash Gordon” and “Zorro”. The film and sound quality was always good never a problem.

The theatres in Kokomo were good back when General Cinema had the Kokomo Mall and Alpha and United Artist had the Markland Mall. Now that Kokomo is Kerasotes you don’t even get decent quality. Hollywood Studios Theatres now has the Markland Mall which is good quality but it’s been years since Kokomo has had good quilty movies.

Contributed by Tim Hewitt

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bigred
bigred on June 13, 2008 at 8:04 pm

There was a gym that went in the old Alpha but that is gone now. It looks like the entire strip is empty but remodeled.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This opened either late 1976-May 1978. Archives incomplete.

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