Grandview Cinema

2760 North Grandview Avenue,
Odessa, TX 79762

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Grand opening ad

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Argene Hodge proudly opned the fantastic new Grandview Cinema Novmber 21st, 1968. Mr. Hodge relocated to Odessa in 1957 assisting Mr. Collins in the H and H theater chain and eventually took over operations of Hodge Associate Theaters. Over the years he also had a hand in the Ector, Lyric and Broncho operations.

The Grandview Cinema turned out to be the last big, plush, comfortable theater built in the city. The Grandview Cinema enjoyed a successful 25 year run, but closed in 1994 and was demolished the following year.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2009 at 1:23 am

The Grandview Cinema, then under construction, was described in an article in Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of July 22, 1968. The 85 foot wide auditorium was to have 838 plush, reclining seats in rows four feet wide, a 55 foot wide screen, gold drapes, sea green carpeting, and a color scheme of blue, russet, and burnt orange for the seat upholstery.

The house would have 35 and 70mm Simplex projection equipment, and there would be 17 Altec speakers in the auditorium. The 140-foot long lobby-foyer area would feature more sea green carpeting, and had vaulted ceilings and a 20 foot chandelier. In lieu of a marquee there would be a fifteen-foot overhang along the glass front of the building, and a ten foot overhang along the sides, adjacent to the two acres of parking. The would be a double-sided attraction board 8 feet by 42 feet placed near the main road, about a block from the theatre.

The Grandview Cinema was designed by architect Bob Peters of the Odessa firm Peters & Fields.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Grand opening ad at View link
You can also see the Warner theatre listed in New York City on the bottom right. They must had copied an New York ad.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

From 1995 a view of the Grandview under demolition.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I posted that grand opening ad in the photo section.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Described in this 1969 trade article: Boxoffice

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