Catalina Theatre

2320 North Campbell Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85719

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Grand Opening Ad

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The Catalina Theatre was opened in March 1947 as a single screen.

Contributed by Michael Coate

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IA
IA on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

My second home for almost thirty years was indeed torn down. I stayed
far away during the demo. A sixplex was built on the site by Darth
Grabinski. It now sits empty and has been purchased by The University
of Arizona. Many, many big pictures played here exclusive. “Sound Of
Music” for almost a year.

Coate
Coate on July 19, 2010 at 5:35 am

<<< Many, many big pictures played here exclusive. “Sound Of Music” for almost a year. >>>

Yep, 45 weeks to be exact. And I imagine that’s the all-time record for Tucson. The 39-week run of the original “Star Wars” at El Dorado is probably number two.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

March 26th, 1947 grand opening ad is at
View link

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on June 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm

The original building was demolished, & the 6-screen one is listed on property records as having been built in 1988. See this link:http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/70089101/2320-N-Campbell-Ave-Tucson-AZ-85719/

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on July 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Here’s the ownership timeline: Paramount Nace Theatres (1947-1949); United Paramount Theatres (1949-1965); ABC Theatres (1965-1974); Plitt Theatres (1974-1985); Cineplex Odeon Cinemas (1985-1998); Loews Cineplex Entertainment (1998-2005); AMC Theatres (2005-2006).

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm

At least according to aerial photos, it wasn’t twinned; the original screen was split in 2. That was the norm, although plenty of theatres were twinned.

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Here’s the earliest ad I could find from its AP Theatres days:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Mmf__ilg-PYJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1950/09-28/page-27+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en

Tucsonman
Tucsonman on August 29, 2014 at 2:30 am

Here’s an aerial view from 1980:http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=2000&lon=-110.943115&lat=32.249371&year=1980

schoduck
schoduck on February 1, 2016 at 8:16 pm

First movie I recall was “40 Pounds of Trouble” back in 1962. We also took my mom to see “Sound of Music” for Mother’s day – 1965. Also recall seeing Harold Robbins “The Adventures” on a date back in ‘70. Ah, the memories…Wasn’t there a neon sign that said “cool”? referring to real air conditioning vs swamp box?

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