Springs 3 Theatre

3318 E. Silver Springs Boulevard,
Ocala, FL 34470

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Springs 3 Theatre

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The Springs Theatre opened on July 17 1970. ABC owned this theatre when it opened. In 1975 it was twinned and then in 1979 a third screen was added. Seating was listed at 1,200. ABC was followed by Plitt Theatres in 1978, Cineplex Odeon in 1987 and finally Carmike in 1995.

The theatre closed in 1998 and is now the Center Point Community Church. Any further information on the Springs 3 Theatre would be appreciated.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2010 at 4:35 am

Joe, those dates are indeed correct. I still worked for them at the time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 25, 2010 at 4:02 am

It was also advertised as a “ROCKING CHAIR THEATRE” in the late and early seventies,with a new name the NEW SPRINGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Ezry Kimbrell was managing this theatre on June 3 1983. A Plitt Theatre.

rivest266 on November 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I have uploaded the grand opening ad to this theatre’s photo page.

Coate on November 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

“A number of published sources I’ve seen, including Douglas Gomery’s 1992 book “Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation in the United States” say that Henry Plitt sold his theater circuit to Cineplex Odeon in 1985, not 1987.”

The sale was made in 1985, but the name change didn’t take effect until later. Some of the theaters involved in the sale kept using the Plitt name as late as 1988.

Adam on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

The guy above my comment the link also shows a pic of one in my home town it started in 1970 as one screen then 2 more were added it was my fav. It closed in 1997 and they tore it down last month for a stupid park. It made a lot of people angry they tore it down. I was mad so many childhood memories there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

The Boxoffice article Tinseltoes linked to mentions “…architect Bill Murphy, starting with the plans of Bill McGehee, architect of the Charleston project….” The Charleston project was the Ultra-Vision Theatre there, the first of its kind, designed by William B. McGehee of the firm Six Associates. I’ve been unable to find anything more about Bill Murphy, but it seems likely that he was either another member of the firm (though neither McGehee nor Murphy was among the founding members, one of whom was theater architect Erle G. Stillwell) or a Florida architect who supervised the project in Ocala.

Adam on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I’m trying to find more info on it. I know carmike owned it in my hometown for awhile and there looking up some old pics for me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 19, 2014 at 1:41 am

In 1970 this would have been an ABC Florida State Theatres Ultravision Theatre. A similar one opened in Deerfield Beach just a few months later.

Adamthemoviefan on August 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I miss the one in my hometown they tore it down.

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