Riverdale Plaza

5617 Riverdale Road,
Riverdale, MD 20737

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Riverdale Plaza

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District Theaters built the Riverdale Theatre in Riverdale Plaza. The Riverdale opened March 20, 1968 "P.J." starring George Peppard. It had 815 seats and was designed by architects Donald N. Coupard & Associates.

In late-1982, the Riverdale was acquired by P & G Theaters. In August 1985, this theater became the first 99-cent theater in the area. In the spring of 1993, it was twinned. The movie theatre closed with “The Kingdom” (2007) as the last movie presented in the auditorium on the left. As of April 2008, the building is vacant.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on April 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Here are photos from April 2008 of the vacate Riverdale Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Here are some photos taken when it was still open.

pamajestic
pamajestic on November 16, 2008 at 9:36 pm

This theatre has not operated since May 2001. The “Kingdom” on the inside marquee is short for Kingdom Come staring Jada Pinkett Smith which opened in April that year. The Joe Dirt poster on the left wall was an April release picture that year as well.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 30, 2008 at 6:13 am

When this was a single screen theater, I believe I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as a double feature (late ‘84) either here or at the now closed Carrollton (not the AMC Carrollton 6). The theater was huge, of course, but don’t recall if it had stereo of any sort. Sightlines were good as the seating arrangement was somewhat raked.

As I sometimes drive through Riverdale Rd to go home, I still see the place sitting high at the top of the shopping center there. As Jack’s pictures show, it looks like its ready to show movies anytime someone opens the doors.

JohnTChance
JohnTChance on March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Tom Laughlin selected this theater for a test screening of “The Trial Of Billy Jack” in 1974, and the crowds were huge.

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