Main Street Movies

401 Newark Shopping Center,
Newark, DE 19711

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Cinema Center, Newark Cinema Center 3, Main Street 5

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Main Street Movies

The Cinema Center opened October 10, 1963. It became a twin on December 19, 1979 and a triple screen theatre from May 9, 1980. Looks like Simplex 35' projectors up there in the booth. Saw “Ghostbusters” here back when Pluto was a planet. It was closed in September 2015 due to unpaid rent. It was taken over by a new operator in January 2016 and renamed Main Street 5 and from March 3, 2017 it was renamed Main Street Movies.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

fred1 on May 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm

This was once an AMC theatre

rivest266 on December 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Closed in September for unpaid rent.

fred1 on January 20, 2016 at 12:09 am

A new operator who also own the Westown Movies in Middletown DE will take over the theater and renamed it as the Main Street 5

muviebuf on January 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Originally built as a single screen showplace by Schwartz Theaters of Dover Delaware in either the late 1960’s or the very early 1970’s. Later then carved up into three screens. I remember that when American Graffiti came out in the fall of 1973 it played at the Cinema Center for a very long time.

runusmc on March 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm

When American Graffiti played, I remember the only available seats for me and 3 others were in the front row. The seat I sat in had a very slow drip (once every 10-15 minutes), that fell on my head. Prior to it’s shutdown in September 2015, Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown every Saturday at 12:01AM. This Saturday night showing was taken over by The Cinema Center after The State Theatre on Main Street, Newark closed.

rivest266 on May 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

October 10th, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section, 2 screens on December 19th, 1979 and a 3rd screen on May 9th, 1980

rivest266 on December 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Website as of December 9th, 2016 says “coming soon”

rivest266 on December 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

This reopened as Main Street Movies on March 3rd, 2017.

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davidcoppock on January 9, 2019 at 2:55 am

Opened with “The suitor”.

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