AMC Circle 6

Military Circle Mall,
Norfolk, VA 23502

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This was the first of the larger multiplex theaters in the Hampton Roads Virginia area, built in the early-1970’s inside Military Circle mall in Norfolk, VA.

They were typical 1970’s shoebox mall theaters with mono sound (though, stereo appears to have been added at some point in the 1980’s). It initially showed first run movies and was the first cinema "Star Wars" played in before expanding to more theaters. For a brief period in the early-1980’s, they had a fairly eclectic series of cult movies playing at late night screenings on multiple screens.

As more upscale malls opened in the early-1980’s, I remember the theater started mixing in more exploitation fare (rough action and bloody horror) in addition to first-run major studio films. The last movie I saw there was "Fear of a Black Hat" in 1994.

Operated by AMC, the theater was closed in the mid-late 1990’s. A larger multiplex owned by Cinemark opened in the mall during the early-2000’s .

Contributed by HRmoviefan

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dpjaudon
dpjaudon on June 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Clarification: This is the first theater in the Hampton Roads area to play “Star Wars,” before it expanded into other local cinemas later in the summer of 1977.

Coate
Coate on June 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

That’s not entirely correct. There were simultaneous bookings of “Star Wars” in the Hampton Roads area, all commencing on June 29, 1977. They were in Newport News (at Newmarket Mall 4), Norfolk (Circle 6), Portsmouth (Plaza 3) and Virginia Beach (Hilltop Twin).

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

While stationed in the area ‘88-'92, I was a member of the AMC Movie Watcher Club. I still have the card. According to the points statements and ticket stubs I still have, I watched the following at the Circle 6;

Tango and Cash 8pm on Thurs. 4/19/90 ($5)
Hard to Kill at 7:30 on Wed. 4/25/90 ($5)
Miami Blues at 8pm on Tues. 5/15/90 ($5.50)
Q&A at 7pm on Thurs. 5/17/90 ($5.50)
Another 48 HRS at 1pm on Sat. 8/18/90 ($4)
and 2 hours 46 minutes later I bought a ticket for…
Ghost at 4pm on Sat 8/18/90 ($3.5)
Pump Up The Volume at 8pm on Fri. 8/31/90 ($5.50)
Pretty Woman at 8:45 on Wed. 9/5/90 ($5.50)
Good Fellas at 7pm on Sun. 9/23/90
Rocky V at 8pm on Tues. 12/11/90 ($5.50)
Nothing But Trouble at 6:15 on Tues. 2/26/91 ($3.50 [$3.24 admission, $0.26 Tax, 8%, ouch!])
True Colors on 2/26/91
Point Break at 4:45 on Mon. 7/15/91 ($3.50 [$3.24 admission, $0.26 Tax, 8%, ouch!])
and maybe Prince of Tides at 8pm on Wed. 2/5/92 ($3.50 [$3.24 admission, $0.26 Tax, 8%, ouch!])

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

The Original “STAR WARS” played for 62 WEEKS!

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