West Ridge 8 Theaters

1727 SW Wanamaker Road,
Topeka, KS 66604

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West Ridge 8 Theaters

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This eight plex was built in 1993, opening July 9, 1993. and was added outside of the mall. This theater was very elaborate, with a chandelier in the spacious lobby, along with an arcade across from the concessions. The decorations are similar to those in the West Ridge 6 theaters.

In 2005, the much larger Wallace 16 was built (with stadium seating), and this theater promptly became a discount second run house, which it is today.

Contributed by Michael Parsons

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JoelWeide on May 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

It was my understanding that when Wallace (Hollywood) built the new 16 screen theatre that they intended to close this theatre but ran into lease problems with the shopping center owners. There was some sort of clause that they could not open another theatre within ‘so many miles’ of the mall. So they opted to keep it open and reduced it to discount status.

sunflower62 on June 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm

The lease problems referred to above were actually with the 6-plex inside the mall. The mall threatened litigation, but the new 14-plex opened and the 6-plex closed shortly afterward, so I assume they worked out an amicable separation. This 8-plex is not actually owned by the mall. It is my understanding that Richard Durwood (who owned Crown Cinema), purchased the land and built the theater free of monthly rent. That would explain why it is evidently profitable as a discount house.

sunflower62 on June 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm

The West Ridge 8 outside the mall opened on Friday July 9, 1993. The opening films were “Rookie of the Year,” “Weekend at Bernies 2,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Sleepless in Seattle” on 2 screens, and “In the Line of Fire” on 2 screens.

Hollywood Theaters took over operation on Friday December 20, 1996. Regal Cinemas announced their purchase of Hollywood Theaters on February 19, 2013.

Regal had been running 35mm at this theater into 2015 and it was rumored the theater would close. However, as of Friday April 17, 2015, all auditoriums are listed as digital, and the ticket price increased to $3.00. It looks like Topeka will continue to have a second-run theater for the forseeable future.

sunflower62 on June 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

There was an article by Michael Hooper in the Topeka Capital Journal newspaper on Wednesday April 20, 2005, that said the West Ridge 6 would close on Thursday April 21, 2005.

It said that Coming Attractions Theatres Inc of Ashland, OR was interested in leasing the 6-plex space for a discount theater, but the mall was tied up in litigation with Hollywood Theaters (Wallace) over their premature exit.

At any rate, Wallace turned the above 8-plex into a discount theater first, which obviously dissuaded Coming Attractions from opening a discount theater of their own in the vacated space inside the mall.

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