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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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
rivest266 on November 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

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

Coate
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
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
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
Adamthemoviefan on August 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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

SilverScreener87
SilverScreener87 on January 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

I just discovered this website while doing some research for a writing project, and I’m very pleased to see someone is keeping the torch lit (we lose so many great and historic theaters every year)! I’m sorry to read (above) that the old “round theater” finally lost the fight. I have a lot of good memories of that place. I worked behind the candy counter in 1987, when I was 16, and we did call it the Cineplex Odeon then, though I remember still seeing the Plitt name on things. We had a really nice guy as our manager, but I’m terrible with names…maybe Jeff? Mike? He had a mustache, I do remember that. I remember watching some great movies for free (best part of the job, of course) that summer: Full Metal Jacket, Spaceballs, The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, La Bamba, Stakeout, Dragnet, Lethal Weapon, Robocop. And, of course, I saw many more there as a kid growing up in Ocala. And I DEFINITELY remember the kiddie movie festival on Saturday mornings. We were overrun with screaming toddlers, restless elementary schoolers, and some very stressed out moms. It was a total circus, but kinda fun, too. Of course, I wasn’t the one cleaning the aisles and seats, soooo….. Anyway, my original reason for happening onto this page was to see if I could find out if Jurassic Park (1993) ever played in this theater. I’m pretty sure I watched it at Cinemas West, but I’d like to know if it was possible to have seen it here. Anyone??

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