Springs 3 Theatre

3318 E. Silver Springs Boulevard,
Ocala, FL 34470

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

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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.

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.

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 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Featured in color on the front cover in November, 1970: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Described in this 1970 trade article: Boxoffice

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

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

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.

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 14, 2010 at 4:35 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2010 at 11:39 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
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 10, 2010 at 6:08 am

Here are some pictures I took in August 2010.

Coate
Coate on February 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

< 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.