Springs 3 Theatre

3318 E. Silver Springs Boulevard,
Ocala, FL 34470

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Adam on May 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

The same looking theater in my home town. The plaza theatre it’s gone now but I saw Robocop and missing in action part 3.

SilverScreener87 on January 2, 2017 at 5:19 am

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??

Adamthemoviefan on August 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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.

Adam on March 18, 2014 at 4:50 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 4:45 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 3:54 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.

Coate on November 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

“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.

rivest266 on November 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2010 at 3:39 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. Gomery says that Cineplex took over operation of the former Plitt houses in August, 1985.

The book also notes that Plitt bought ABC-Paramount’s Northern division theaters in 1974 and the circuit’s Southern division houses in 1978.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Here are some pictures I took in August 2010.

Coate on February 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

< ABC was followed by Plitt Theatres in 1973, Cineplex Odeon in 1986 >

Wrong again, Chuck! Per research from the Ocala Star-Banner, Plitt ownership began in 1978; Cineplex Odeon in 1987. At least you got the grand-opening and multiplexing dates right.

Also, “Springs 1 & 2” ought to be added as an alternate/former theater name since it was a twin for a four-year period.