Hoyts Greece Cine 8

3100 Ridge Road West,
Greece, NY 14626

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Opened by SBC as a four-plex on August 18, 1972, this theatre was built as a reverse mirror image of the Cine 4 in Colonie, NY.

Screens 5 and 6 were added in July 1983, with 7 and 8 following a few years later.

All houses had curved, ‘floating’ screens and Ballantyne of Omaha projectors driven by Christie platters, an SBC staple.

Auditoriums featured American rocker recliners, red floor to ceiling drapes and no screen masking, relying on precise fit aperature plates.

Computerized ticketing was added in approximately 1982.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was played on Friday and Saturday nights beginning in 1979. At that time, midnight shows on the remaining three screens were also begun.

Hoyts acquired this property with the 1986 purchase of the SBC chain and operated until its closing in 1998.

Contributed by Nick Ritota

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

nritota on January 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Fred Powers ran this theatre beginning in 1980.

DavidCoppola on January 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

Theaters 1 and 2 were amoung the best theaters to view a movie. The screens in those were very large and the newly installed Dolby Stereo made for a great viewing experience.

I remember Fred Powers well from my Rocky Horror days.

nritota on June 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

When were you there for Rocky David? I ran this theatre in 1979 and introduced RHPS at this house.

DavidCoppola on February 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

I was involved in Rocky from 81-83. Good times!

dcabbarno on August 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Hello, do you remember Ken Snyder that played Riff Raff? I believe it was during the time your said you were involved with Rocky Horror at the Cine Greece.

nritota on August 7, 2015 at 5:24 am

Sorry, I don’t. I ran RHPS in four cities in a year (Providence, Rochester, Hartford and Albany), so they all start to blend. I did have our Providence cast come up to kick start the show.

Basically, I cleaned up the operation, hired a manager trainee, got him going and moved on to the next city!

rivest266 on January 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

August 18th, 1972 grand opening ad with 4 cinemas in photo section.

rivest266 on January 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

July 29th, 1983 grand opening as a six-plex also in photo section.

DavidCoppola on March 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

I do remember Ken Snyder well. We performed together many times.

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