Lancaster Cinemas

1516 Sheridan Drive,
Lancaster, OH 43130

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The first multi-auditorium movie house built in Lancaster. Originally penned to be a Jerry Lewis style cinema, the owners wanted to provide a new place for families to enjoy the movies.

The twin-screen theater opened in November, 1973. The movies playing were: Walt Disney’s "The Aristocats" in Cinema 1 and "Jesus Christ Superstar" based on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical in Cinema 2. Later a third screen was added.

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MrDJDude
MrDJDude on September 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Based on the fact that this address now belongs to a Dollar General discount store, it’s probably safe to mark this one ‘Demolished’.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on September 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Well, maybe not. Either it’s been torn down and the Dollar General is a new building, or Dollar General gutted the cinema building and repurposed it. I can’t really tell, so I guess the “closed” status stays. Anyone able to help here?

bprince
bprince on September 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

Closed but NOT demolished. Gutted to make way for Dollar General.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

They triplexed this cinema in 1983; I remember Purple Rain being one of the first shows in the new larger theatere that was built on the far left end. They halved what became the middle theater to make room for the larger one, and I always hated that middle one from then on, it was like watching a movie in a big hallway, as it no longer had a center aisle after that, just the two side aisles – very weird. Still, I spent a lot of time in 1984 and 1985 in this cinema – I lived just down the road at the Somerford Square apartment complex, and walked down to the theatre several times a week during the summer when I wasn’t working…

They ended up becoming a second run house sometime after Hoyts opened an 8 screen cinema at River Valley Mall in 1986; somehow though I always preferred Lancaster Cinema to Hoyts, though I saw plenty of shows at Hoyts as well…

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I was involved in the installation of the projection & sound equipment for the third screen addition in 1983. The theatre was indepently owned by Duerson Theatres

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