GCC Citadel Mall Cinemas

2070 Sam Rittenburg Boulevard,
Charleston, SC 29407

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KyleK on October 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Scott you are exactly right about the opening of this theatre. Rick Turner was GM until AMC took over and Paula Gadson following John Caffrey in early 2006. I worked on floor staff of AMC for nine months starting in 2005 and was manager from July of 2006 to September of 2007 at Northwoods Mall 8. I worked as assistant manager at the Imax stadium 16 for a year and a half from 2010 through 2011 under the Smiths, Southeast Cinemas, based in Charlotte. Kyra and Jessica were the Dual GMs when I started and Danny Decker is now. All great people. I saw so many great movies there as a kid when it was General Cinemas. I miss those old Christy Cinemechanica projectors. House five was enormous. You could get to the roof by the ladder directly behind concessions in front of the stairs leading up to the booth and to the left the candy and break rooms. The lobby had a long glass window spanning the front. Mirrors surrounded that room. The hallway had a love tester machine and lobby a basketball game that never functioned properly. Ah and the pond next door with all of the geese. The brick outside had twenty years of names carved into it. The marquis was dangerous to climb up on and rusted solid. The strangest thing though was each door had an alarm when the exit door was opened. It could only be turned off each house as controlled from a switch behind concession. And many of us though theatre six we haunted. Just kidding. But the tree and platter system did sound funny. Good times.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

An internal document from GCC puts the opening date of this theatre as 5/20/1983

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

what a bummer…..

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

The six-screen Citadel Mall Cinemas was demolished in September, 2008. It was replaced by the Citadel Mall Stadium 16, which opened on October 2, 2009.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Dec.1 1985 Movies NOW SHOWING. “PLENTY"
And sharing one screen was the G rated “RAINBOW BRITE” and the evening show was “JAGGED EDGE”.Pity there is no interest from Charleston on her theatres.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I wish I could get these guys to write! It is not like they are SHY,they worked in a MOVIE THEATRE!

TLSLOEWS on April 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

Good story Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I will try to get more stories on this cinema via Barry.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Well,I give up trying to get Barry on. He did pass on this story for CT readers. “One afternoon i was standing in the lobby and noticed a rather tall fellow.He caught my attention and as i looked harder it was the actor GEORGE KENNEDY who was standing in line to see a movie.Well, i had my doorman walk out and bring him to a side door. He told me he came to see a friend’s new movie.Well, it turned out CLINT EASTWOOD was his friend and he came to see "SUDDEN IMPACT” No charge enjoy the show.On the way out Mr.Kennedy autographed a “SUDDEN IMPACT” one sheet writing “LOVED THE MOVIE CLINT, GEORGE KENNEDY” Barry treasures that one sheet.

scottdavis on February 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Southeast Cinema Entertainment of Charlotte, NC acquired the Citadel Mall Cinema 6 from AMC and reopened it. They operated it until Labor Day 2008 at which point they closed and demolished it, replacing it with a 16-screen IMAX cinema. It reopened as “Citadel Mall IMAX Stadium 16” on October 2, 2009.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 22, 2009 at 10:21 am

Barry, if you decide to write about the theatres ; cinema treasures has all the GCC theatres listed under chains,But i never noticed Regency 1.2.3. listed. I could have overlooked it.There are so many. You might tell Charles that GEORGIA SQUARE CINEMAS are listed.I hope he could add more to Zack’s memory.We owe him that much for being a hell of a theatre manager and close friend. My son Sean has his middle name Craig!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Dave Poland was the district manager this area.And i never heard alot of good about him.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I was at the CITADEL before it opened. Craig Zacker was sent there along with an assistant from Augusta,Barry Morrison to help start the cinemas from day one. I drove over there and was impressed at how nice the theatre was. Barry Morrison was led to believethat he would manage the new cinemas,but what would i say, probably office politics kept Barry from it. He soon said to heck with it. Barry may have a whole different take on it. One thing was certain on those large opening night crowds , Barry was not getting a per centage of Concessions. That Hurt the most. And people not keeping their word.

rivest266 on May 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

The mall opened in 1981. AMC closed the cinemas on April 13th, 2008. Southeast Entertainment is planning a new 16-plex for 2009-2010.