Alpha Cinema 1 & 2
1961 S. Elizabeth Street,
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The Jerry Lewis Cinemas chain built this cinema which was due to open on February 14, 1973. However as the Jerry Lewis Chain went out of business at that time it was eventually opened as the Royal Cinemas on April 6, 1973 with “1778” & “Save the Tiger”. Several other operated the theatre until the fall of 1977 when it was taken over by General Cinemas and renamed Alpha Cinema 1 & 2. It was closed on September 29, 1983 after briefly being renamed Cinema Showcase.
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.
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