AMC Classic Quincy Mall 3

3429 Quincy Mall,
Quincy, IL 62301

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AMC Classic Quincy Mall 3, Quincy, IL

This triplex is a typical mall theatre. It has been open since 1978. In 1981 I attended nearby Quincy College. Kerasotes Theatres operated it at least that time.

It has been operated by AMC Theatres since June 2010 and was closed January 7, 2019.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

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JoelWeide
JoelWeide on November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Was this originally a Dickinson Theatre? When I worked for them back in the 1970’s, Dickinson operated a twin in Quincy. Does anyone know if this would happen to be that theatre which would have been added onto at a later date?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This should be updated to AMC Theatres.

John Fink
John Fink on January 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Apparently now has digital projection (including 3D) – – unlike many small Kerasotes sites they closed – it looks like they’re in this one for the long haul.

BWinking
BWinking on January 7, 2015 at 12:32 am

I went there in 1968, when it had 2 screens to choose from.

TriStateFans
TriStateFans on October 22, 2015 at 5:29 pm

JoelWeide, I remember it back in the 70’s as a Keresotes theater, and as far as I know (which is 1974 and on) it has always had 3 screens.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm

AMC is closing its AMC Classic Quincy Mall Cinema 3 at end of its lease with “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Spiderman: Spider-Verse” and “The Grinch” on January 7, 2019. The theatre’s genesis began with 1968 architectural plans by Denver-based architect Richard L. Crowther and the opening of the Dickinson Circuit’s Town and Country Cinema, a free-standing twin-screen operation within the 10-year old open air shopping center.

Dickinson’s operation existed within the Mall’s progeny as the outdoor American Legion Miracle Mile Town and Country Shopping Center. That center had opened theatre-less in 1958. By the 1960s, the center was referred to as the Town and Country Shopping Center, a miracle mile of shopping, and Dickinson built its twin-screen Town and Country Cinema within the outdoor complex.

The theatre’s present lease and iteration began as a two-theatre facility in November of 1978 under the Dickinson Theatre Circuit with a small rent and revenue sharing deal with mall developer Don M. Casto Organization of Columbus, Ohio. As the shopping center moved toward the terminus of its 20-year lease cycle, Casto had decided to build an entirely new mall nearby in Quincy. But plans changed and the Miracle Mile was reimagined as an enclosed mall with some tenants remaining in place and others moving or closing altogether. The renamed Quincy Mall launched on November 14, 1978 and Dickinson’s cinema was a key component of the center’s next forty years.

In June of 1979, Dickinson expanded its operation adding a third auditorium. At roughly the middle part of what appeared to be a 30-year lease in June 1994, Dickinson assigned the lease to the Kerasotes Theatres Circuit which continued the three-screen cinema’s operation and likely extending the lease by ten years as the initial lease was reaching expiry.

In June of 2010, the theatre became an AMC property when Kerasotes was bought out by the AMC Circuit operating as the AMC Quincy Mall Cinema 3. When the Carmike Circuit joined with AMC, AMC rebranded lower tier properties as AMC Classic. This operation became the AMC Classic Quincy Mall 3 in 2016 – a name it retained until closure in January of 2019 at the end of its lease. The theatre’s lifecycle from original freestanding concept to interior mall operation with closing was just over forty years. Hopes for a new operator appeared to be dim as the Mall went into a sudden downtrend losing all three of its original three anchors of JC Penney (closing in 2015), Bergner’s and Sears (both closing in 2018).

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