Hoyts Greece Cine 8

3100 W. Ridge Road,
Greece, NY 14626

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Hoyts Greece Cine 8

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

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nritota
nritota on June 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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

DavidCoppola
DavidCoppola on February 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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

dcabbarno
dcabbarno on August 7, 2015 at 1:16 am

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
nritota on August 7, 2015 at 7:24 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
rivest266 on January 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on January 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm

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

DavidCoppola
DavidCoppola on March 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on December 22, 2018 at 6:07 am

How did the screen float?

nritota
nritota on December 22, 2018 at 6:14 am

The screens were built off of iron rigging that was suspended from the ceiling behind masking and bolted to the rear wall. Speakers sat on staging planks behind the screen. All screens had curves to them, which is a nightmare for proper focus.

This was the same procedure at all SBC theaters, since management came from owning several Cinerama properties.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on November 11, 2019 at 9:09 am

On June 12th, 1998; The Hoyts Greece 8 Was Closed (I Don’t Know Why It Said Greece Cine 6, Maybe They Took Out 2 Other Screens For Space But I’m Not Sure Yet) To Make Way For A Lowe’s. The Theater And Space Used to Be A Discount Ame’s Store And A Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre (Which Operated From 1983 Until 1998).

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