Overlake Cinema I & II

14505 NE 20th Street,
Bellevue, WA 98007

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

The address was 14505 NE 20th St

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Good looking ads.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

February 13th, 1973 grand opening ad placed here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

That is quite a task,Popcornroses to track down every theatre you visted,Good luck.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on April 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

While I’m over here, I hope someone can help me. I’m trying to pin down EVERY theater I’ve ever visited, and one of those is in Bellevue. My aunt lived here in the mid 70s, and we came to visit her in the spring of 1978. while in town, she and mom took me to see Disney’s “Return From Witch Mountain”. I know the theater we went to wasn’t that far from her house (don’t ask me the address, I can’t remember at all) and it was a twin, with the theater we were seated in being rather large – I remember commenting to my mom that I had only been in one other theater that was even larger, and that was the SouthCenter Cinema in Tukwila a couple years earlier. Could this have been the theater?

Anyone who might be able to help me shed some light on which cinema this might have been, I would be most appreciative and my theater list will be that much closer to being complete!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Thanks popcorn and roses.missed the part above earlier where the staff was unionized at this GCC.Bet, that was fun for and overworked,underpaid theatre manager.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Don’t know if anyone here has been there, but there’s a Tulsa site that pays homage to GCC, complete with jingle and policy trailers:

http://tulsatvmemories.com/gccvill.html

Thought you might want to check it out, seeing as you’re starting a GCC society and all…heh heh heh…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Hey,I want to be a part of a GCC society I worked for them as an assistant in two GCC theatres in Augusta and Athens Georgia,both on CT.

ericrising
ericrising on November 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Does anyone have any pictures?

ericrising
ericrising on November 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Loved working there. Except having to pop popcorn upstairs! awful.
My favorite time was when we had American Graffiti in Cinema 2 and The Sting in Cinema 1.

TomMobileMovie
TomMobileMovie on November 14, 2008 at 11:18 am

When DavyDuck says the spilled drink went all the way to the front, he kids not. I remember many times at Renton Village being on hands & knees scraping that nasty stuff off the floor along with all kinds of candy and popcorn mixed in. Once you were done that task, you didn’t eat the stuff for weeks! It was fun to work at Overlake, I remember doing some late deposits at the bank after closing along with the manager. I also remember replacing the seat covers all the time, because of smokers leaving live cigs on them. I also remember a night where we had to take a seat out of Cinema I because it was still burning. Fun times!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Actually, send them to me and I’ll make sure they get posted on Cinematour with proper credit to your name.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

The registration process at Cinematour is fairly automated. As long as you register with your real name and not a handle it should let you register. And you can e-mail photos to and he’ll get them up eventually.

DavyDuck
DavyDuck on June 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Sadly, nearly a year later, this site still says it’s not accepting photos. I do have a few to post. Cinematours never sent me a password, either. Anybody have any ideas?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 27, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Mark,

Ross Melnick, Adam Martin and I have all met and had lunch a few times. Both websites certainly compliment each other and we recognize the same strengths you mention above.

bigred
bigred on August 25, 2007 at 3:26 am

What were they thinking with those blue blazers? The red vest was a major upgrade but still overdo. The polos were alot better.

Superdude37
Superdude37 on August 25, 2007 at 12:11 am

i must say i remember working for gcc in austin tx and i remember the blazers and ties they gave us to were and also giving those math tests to teens looking for jobs

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 24, 2007 at 1:37 pm

I hope the folks at Cinema Treasures don’t mind when I suggest posting to Cinematour. I feel that both sites complement each other, Cinema Tour being the site that has the massive archive of photos, and Cinema Treasures keeping ongoing historic archive of stories, comments and experiences for each theatre (with hopefully, one day, pictures). I do see people cross-linking each site with each other in each others comment/forum areas (did that make any sense??)

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 24, 2007 at 1:27 pm

Please do. We cross link to CinemaTreasures wherever possible.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 23, 2007 at 5:51 pm

DavyDuck, in the meantime why not send photos to Cinematour?

DavyDuck
DavyDuck on August 23, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Will post photos when that feature is back up.

bigred
bigred on August 23, 2007 at 2:32 am

General Cinema was a good place to go to a movie and they knew what they were doing, unlike some companies in the biz. They had a good business plan, build cheap and you only need 2 or 3 different designs depending if it’s a mall location or stand along and would need many changes from one to another.

The seats are another thing. The company that made thewm went out of business in 1966 and General Cinema was still putting them in new theatres as late as 1983.GC bought the entire inventory of seats when they went out of business and put the in a warehouse. I don’t think anyone ever liked those seats.

I only worked at 2 theatres that never had the red and white GC seats and one was a newer theatre or about 9 years old with the new irvin seats. Even at the theatres that replaced them we still had a lot of comments about how bad they are. I find it hard to believe but I know of a few older theatres that GC sold off that never replaced the seats and a couple even added on after a couple years but didn’t replace the seats in the older theatres.

droben
droben on August 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm

So the president thought those white seats looked “elegant” huh. There are many words that come to mind when thinking about a typical 70s era General Cinema. Elegant, however, is not one of them.

DavyDuck
DavyDuck on August 21, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Why white seat backs? Of course we wondered about that too, the official answer was “so you can see when they need cleaning”. We made cleaner’s wages – about twice our usher wages – to paint seats at night, so we didn’t complain about the seemingly flippant answer. Years later when I was a manager, I asked the division manager if we could get urinal blocks or fragrance sprays. He said, if the restrooms are clean, you won’t need that. Clean the restrooms. Well, turns out that’s true, so maybe that really does apply somehow to the white seat backs. Really though, I suppose Richard A. Smith, the GCC president, saw white seat backs somewhere and thought they looked elegant. Unfortunately, there was the GCC enigma (thanks D. Roben, the perfect phrase) at work – the auditorium floors were a continuous slope back to front, a spilled drink travelled clear to the bottom. Had they fixed that flaw, the seat backs might have stayed clean.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 21, 2007 at 5:15 pm

We’d get a few others.

I found (by working for them) that Syufy/Century built a lot of their theatres in a very standard way: cinderblock walls, pepto-pink paint, crazy-acid red carpet. Though certainly not a nationwide presence, if you walk into a pre-1995 Century multiplex, you’ve walked into just about EVERY pre-1995 Century multiplex.