Gwinnett Place Cinema

3350 Gwinnett Place Drive,
Duluth, GA 30096

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Gwinnett Place Cinema

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This 6-screen GCC opened in October of 1984 and was a transitional design, more modern than Perimeter Mall, but not what the Merchants Walk, Parkside or Hairston would look like. I don’t remember which one was first, but GCC and the Plitt Mall Corners opened about the same time. This location was like a set of triples backed up by a common lobby. The houses were about 400, 275, and 220 seats. One of the large houses was equipped with a Cinemeccanica V5 35/70mm projector and the rest were 35mm V8’s. I do not recall 70mm ever being run here.

This was a nice booth to work but I do not recall anything remarkable about its history.

Closed down along with the rest of GCC operations, except for the new Parkway Point in 2000. Like the Merchants Walk, Hairston and Parkside, this location was closed down when GCC declared bankruptcy, which allowed them to break the lease.

Contributed by Stan Malone, Dennis Whitfield

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StanMalone
StanMalone on June 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

OK, let me see if I can make a slight correction without confusing things further. This page is for the GCC Gwinnett Place 6. It was built and operated by GCC for its entire life from 1984-2000.

It is easy to confuse it with the theatre across the parking lot which on this site is known as Movies At Gwinnett. That theatre was built as a retail store, purchased by Georgia Theatre Company, converted into a 12 by United Artists after they bought GTC and was later closed by UA. The new GTC reopened it and still later closed it again. Here is its link:

/theaters/17684/

If you will look at the second comment on this page you will see that I have confused the listings for these two myself. Concerning the pictures posted by Chuck on May 8, the first two are outside shots of the Movies at Gwinnett, not the Gwinnett Place 6. The third picture is a shot of the marquee for the Movies At Gwinnett. However, the last two are pictures of the lobby and concession stand for the theatre featured on this page, the GCC Gwinnett Place 6. Clear as mud, right?

If you go to the first comment on this page it is a picture of the front of the GCC Gwinnett Place 6. Chuck, if you can you should transfer the first three picture links above to the Movies At Gwinnett page. Mike, did you notice the bulk candy cart at the far right of one of the pictures? I saw that candy sold at the Parkside when EFW reopened it one year after GCC closed down. Free roach droppings: No extra charge.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Now Showing Midnight movies with 96 Rock,Oct 15 1988, “ROCKY HORROR” “THE WALL” “M-3D:THE MOVIE” and “BEETLEJUICE”{a very weak selection for a midnight movie.However,at that time GCC was bleeding talent that could pick Late Shows,you would have never seen me book a"KID" film for the midnight crowd}

SANDREA
SANDREA on July 25, 2010 at 7:57 am

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS PLACE IS STILL FOR SALE.I’M THINKING ABOUT GETTING IT.BUT FOR HOW MUCH.AND HOW MUCH WORK NEED TO BE DONE ON IT.PLEASE WHEN YOU CAN PLEASE EMAIL AT .AND LET ME KNOW.AND IF YOU DON’T MIND WE CAN SEE ABOUT GOING FROM THEIR ABOUT GETTING TOGETHER.I’LL BE WAITING.THANK YOU

Doonyman
Doonyman on July 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’m still confused. What is the (former) movie theater that sits in the same parking lot as Fry’s Electronics? As in, the same side of the street, same parking lot? I think it’s the one pictured above, but the sign with the name of the place has been torn down.

Doonyman
Doonyman on July 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Also, before anyone responds, the one I am referring to is the one with the sloping blue overhang over the front entrance.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Sandrea,Don’t know if your interested in Augusta,But there is a GCC 8 plex fully equipped last time i snuck in an exit door.It is owned by the Board of Education.But it is not in a good part of town.

jeterga
jeterga on August 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

Here a aerial photos.

View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Alonzo you must have sneaked in an old exit door like i did at REGENCY 8 Cinemas.

Ginger Whatley
Ginger Whatley on May 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I worked here from 1995 until 2000 when the theater closed. This place had great managers. It served as a “training ground” for GCC managers. We were never that busy. We didn’t even accept credit cards at the end. I was an expert at giving directions to the ATM on the other side of the mall. They never really invested much money in the place. I remember that the blue roof was busted for years. We also had an abandoned car in the lot for years. This building still sits there waiting for something to open in its place. Too bad the area is dying. Mike – I grew up at the Regency 8. I would love to see the photos.

StanMalone
StanMalone on May 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

I believe that I remember you Ginger. I worked the booth here from 1997-99, starting when Aaron retired until they did away with the union operator. In those days Lynn Zieburtz was the manager, and I can remember about four different assistant managers, two male, two female, but I can not recall any names. I always liked working for Lynn, especially the way she scheduled the booth in a way that allowed me to work all of the union hours in only 3 days, Thursday through Saturday.

I recognized you at Gwinnett because I also remember seeing you when I worked at Parkside from 1995 on. Lynn managed some there as well, but the regular manager was Steve Crisp. In fact, I am sitting in that booth right now, on a Friday morning, waiting for a late arriving print to show up so I can put it together.

Happy to see that you stumbled onto this site. There are plenty of my former employees and co-workers that would have some fine stories to tell if they only knew it was here.

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