Westview 10 Cinemas

6023-6026 Baltimore National Pike,
Baltimore, MD 21228

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Westview Cinemas

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The Westview Cinema opened as a 1,160 single screen on June 2, 1965. A second 895-seat screen was added, opening on November 19, 1968. Four years later two more additional screens were added, each seating 450 and opening in December 1972.

In 1984, the 895-seat screen two was subdivided into 450 and 250 seat auditoriums. The remaining auditoriums were then subdivided into 200 seat auditoriums, and by November 1990 there were 10-screens.

The Westview 10 Cinemas closed on May 29, 1997 and were demolished in July 1997.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Beautiful theatre, the first one I ever fell in love with. Saw hundreds and hundred of movies there from 1977 to 1997, from the ages of seven to twenty-seven.

There were amazing chandeliers in the lobby, and the faux Deco style really made it feel timeless.

The Edmondsun Drive-In was next to the Westview, at the bottom of a hill. The drive-in opened in 1954 and closed before the hardtop cinema, becoming a Home Depot after it closed in 1991. The beautiful Westview was completely demolished, and a Circuit City erected in it’s spot.

Truly the end of an era.

Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

For anybody nostalgic or curious, the Westview can be seen on film in a scene from Barry Levinson’s TIN MEN (1987).

It comes at about the thirty-five minute mark, where the characters played by Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito exit the nightclub to take their fight outside. That exterior is the Westview, anyone who ever visited will recognize it instantly. You see them walk out the front door, under the overhang, past the addition (made up as a coffee shop) and into the parking lot. Once there you can see the Edmundson’s Drive-In screen in the background, playing a Western.

At least it was preserved in this small way!

Scraggler
Scraggler on April 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Saw Star Wars here at age 8 and The Black Hole a couple of years later. Truly two of the most memorable experiences of my life. The screens were so huge and the lobby was gorgeous. I’ll never forget standing in line for Star Wars and an usher opened the door to the theater for a moment to check something and I caught a glimpse of TIE fighters zooming down the trench of the Death Star. I almost threw up I was so excited. I really hope there’s a movie theater this memorable for my kids to go to when they’re old enough, it just isn’t the same anymore.

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