River Oaks 7-8
70 River Oaks Center Drive,
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River Oaks 7-8 opened Friday October 21st, 1983 by Plitt Theaters as a supplement to the already existing screens 1-4, 2-3, and 5-6. The first movies to play on these screens were “Rumble Fish” and “The Dead Zone”.
What made these screens unique were the different touches in the auditoriums. Screen #7 was done in a typical Plitt fashion, red wall padding, speakers, etc., however, one side of the screen (maybe the left) had a slight wavy curve. But screen #8 was done with dark colored brick padding, speakers and a normal screen. And when you got to the enterance that lead to the theaters, they didn’t say 7-8. Instead, #7 was 1-3-5-7-9, and #8 was 2-4-6-8-10. They got rid of that neat little feature in the late 90’s, maybe early 2000.
Not long after Cineplex Odeon opened screens 1-6 in 1988, they re-numbered the theaters. 1-4 became 9-10, 5-6 became 11-12, but 7-8 keept their numbers. In October 2005, the 7-8 was closed, likely because of the Loews Cineplex-AMC merger.
Towards the end of it’s time, it always seemed to be cleaner than 9-10, which became plagued with sticky floors and the like. It was demolished in November 2012.
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