Cinema III

3249 Topeka Boulevard,
Topeka, KS 66611

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Cinema III

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Not much is known about the general history of this multiplex. It must have opened in the 1960’s or 1970’s, and was nothing more than a very stark, white cinder block structure with three screens.
If memory serves, there was one large auditorium and two smaller ones. The last time I was in this theater was in 1991 for “Terminator II”, and the ceiling had multiple leaks.

Towards the end of it’s life as a dollar house and showing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (after the Dickinson closed). This theater closed in 1993, and is now a country nightclub.

Contributed by Michael Parsons

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JoelWeide on December 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

This theatre was built by Boston MA based General Cinema in the early 1970’s. The Topeka Boulevard Cinema originally was a twin and later the second auditorium was divided for a total of three houses. The interior was classic GCC featuring light gray seating and gray walls. This was the only GCC theatre in Topeka, GCC had other venues in Wichita, Kansas. The pictures that I uploaded show that the building and street sign are still in use, the building as a country western club and the street sign for the clubs advertising.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Joelweide.a once proud company,GCC.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I will Favorite it since I once worked for GCC.Other GCC folks should Too.

dscheifler on February 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Topeka Boulevard Cinema was originally a twin,as stated, but it was the larger auditorium that was split to make a tri-plex. I managed it for a couple years around 1985-86. The theater did very well competing against the Gage 4. Back to the Future (1985) sold out for weeks. Topeka Blvd was a major drag for teenagers on Fri/Sat nights, and we ran a very successful midnight film series during the summer, with Rocky Horror every weekend plus a mixture of rock and horror films.

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