Red Rock 11 Theaters

5201 W. Charleston Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89107

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This was the theater of my childhood back in the late-1960’s and early-1970’s. Red Rock started out as one 512 seat theater (date of opening unknown) then the addtional four theaters were added at a later date.

The last of the additions (six) were added based on a style of an early-1900’s downtown theme. There were stores inside which were later removed and stores that had entrances outside the entrance to the theater.

As I remember it there were two snack bars — one was in the center of the downtown area and one was pushed up between the two entrances to the 512 seat theater.

The Red Rock was closed and finally demolished in April 2002.

Contributed by Randy Hill

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underkover
underkover on May 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Had great memories of the red rock… hate that they like to destroy buildings that were part of many wonderful memories growing up..they really should have so respect.. I have a question … did the redrock have red curtains that opened when the movies would start.. I’m almost positive it did..but I need to kno for sure…? Thank u

Kevin Bowman
Kevin Bowman on June 5, 2013 at 3:59 am

Yes undercover, there were red curtains. The Red Rock 11 was an absolutely magical place, especially for a kid. I grew up close by from 1970 until it’s demise. Some very special memories. Here’s a couple:

Me & my dad showing up 5 minutes late to see Star Wars (for the 3rd time), so we stayed after to watch the first 5 mins of next showing. Ended up watching the whole movie again (our fourth time;).

3 buddies & I stop in for “Goodfellas”. We were hungry with no extra $ for food. Turned out to be one of our fav movies ever, but watching them constantly eating with uncle Paulie was murder for 3+ hrs, lol!

Tom & I driving by one night, we see the parking lot overflowing. We don’t know why. So we go to a back door (random)and crack it open. Inside, a packed theater partying with KOMP FM92 awaiting the sneak preview of “Batman”. Unbelievibly, there were 2 seats in front open. We run in, sit down, no one says a thing. 5 SECONDS later, lights dim, BATMAN comes on. Great movie. I miss the Red Rock and I loathe Las Vegas for it’s careless mindless sense of history.

LordRocksavage
LordRocksavage on January 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Does anyone remember Rory O'Connor? He was the projectionist that owned the beautiful Rolls-Royce. He always parked it across the street under a street lamp.

Thetruth702
Thetruth702 on July 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

Its a shame how classics come and go i found memories of this place i remember big trouble in little china bttf and so may at the great place i remember singing in a karaoke booth wheres johny song from short circuit they had there and u can take the tape home the years that why i am re opening a theater based on red rock 11 i have blue prints to original from city entire project will cost 1 .2 mil i have 4 investors we break ground in jan 2015 expected to open late 2015 it will be modeld to the tee of the classic establishment we will run 80sclassics only and will be retro only it will be located in henderson

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson on July 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

Thetruth702 If you open the Red Rock theater again please post the opening date a few months in advance. I don’t live in Vegas anymore, but would come out just for your opening day to see the sight and bring back some great memories. Would love to see if the projector rooms and such are the same, used to have to run all over the place to get all 11 movies running on time, would love to see it all again. Best wishes for your endeavors, I think playing moves from the 80’s & 90’s in the theater might be very profitable, especially if you have the whole place set up like the 80’s (arcades and such), wow, blast from the past….

crystalthompson
crystalthompson on March 17, 2016 at 2:17 am

Hi Kevin Moseley, I remember your father. I have many fond memories of the Redrock. My job working at the Redrock was my first one as a teenager. You father was my first boss. Working at the Redrock was the best job ever. It was so fun to work in such a fun and beautiful environment. There was nothing like it. When Horst was in town the carousel was turned on. It was like Christmas. All year it reminded me of Disneyland. Working with fellow teens from area high schools meant lots of new and best friends. I remember Rory and Pat who were projectionists there. At the time I worked there Rory parked his Rolls in back by the entrance. The young men usually worked as ushers and the young ladies worked as candy girls. After some time one could work up to ticket sales/cashier. We all clocked in with our time cards in a back room in the plaza area and put on our red vests or red aprons over our white shirts and black pants. The theater food was good. The hotdogs on the rotating cooker with the buns in a warmer steamer were good. There was real butter ladled onto the freshly popped popcorn which was melted by the bricks in warmers. There was an old fashioned ice cream parlor over in the plaza area. No one loved working up in “Siberia” which was up a ramp to the right of the main lobby where one could find a small coffee shop and a few theaters. Lonesome territory when everyone else was in the main lobby or plaza area. I do have a promotional picture of the cashier’s cage in the plaza area taken with ushers dressed up like Bugsey Malone characters. It is too bad the theater was sold and changed and then later demolished. Would love to get copies of the pictures you posted. Thanks.

JAS
JAS on April 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Crystal, I was one of the Bugsey Malone ushers. Any chance you can post the pic you have?

crystalthompson
crystalthompson on May 30, 2016 at 2:06 am

Hi JAS, I will post it as soon as possible. Hopefully soon!

Jamiereno
Jamiereno on March 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

Very cool to discover this conversation about the Red Rock 11 Theaters in Las Vegas. Great memories. Our family moved to Las Vegas from the Midwest when I was in junior high school. My dad, who some of you may remember if you lived in Vegas in the 70s and 80s, was Walt Reno, the TV and radio personality. My dad and I and my friends spent lot of time seeing movies at the Red Rock in the 70s, from classics to obscure movies that most people probably don’t remember. We got to know Boyd, the manager, pretty well. Very nice guy. The theater really was so “Vegas.” So over the top. But in a good way. It was fun. The town square section in the back was amazing. Didn’t each movie theater in that area actually have its own marquee and its own name? My dad even let me see a few R-rated movies at the Red Rock when I was a teen, including cult films like “Harold and Maude” and Oscar-winners like “The Last Picture Show.” The last movie I remember seeing at the Red Rock before was an entertaining stinker called “Moment by Moment” with John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. It wasn’t a great movie by any stretch, but it was filmed in California and it got me and my buddies even more excited about going to California to attend college. I stayed here (San Diego) after college and remain here to this day, and after my dad died I really didn’t have much reason to go back to Vegas. But it still holds a special place in my heart. Good times at the Red Rock. I could name just about every movie theater in Las Vegas back in the 70s. But the Red Rock was special. It had to be one of the first multiplexes in America, yes? This Quora page addresses the growth of the multiplex, but neglects to mention the Red Rock 11: https://www.quora.com/What-was-the-first-multiplex-theater-in-the-United-States

radams
radams on July 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm

I was so saddened to learn about the death of Boyd Moseley, the manager of the Red Rock. I had worked my way up from candy girl to cashier and remember Boyd bringing his wife and children in frequently. He was such a proud dad! I used to love to work in the plaza ice cream parlor, and Boyd would sit at a little table next to the parlor and the box office, smoking and carefully keeping track of everything that went on in the theater. He would chat with me, and I just thought he was the most wonderful boss!

I remember that, as a little girl, the original Red Rock, was only one theater—the huge Theater One, which was in the front of the theater. Moms could buy movie packages from the PTA and drop their kids off every Monday or Tuesday for a movie and a chance to be kid free for awhile. The theater would be packed with kids, and we’d watch old movies like “Tammy and the Professor.” It was incredibly noisy in the theater with all of the unattended, summer wild kids. It was during this time that I bought my very first package of Flicks—a long tube wrapped in foil that had chocolate chips inside.

Many years later at age 17 I got a job working in the newly expanded theater. People used to marvel that we had eleven theaters, and I think it was billed the largest multi-cinema movie theater in the world. When Bugsy Malone opened, Boyd asked two of the ushers, myself, and another girl to go to a thrift store and buy outfits from the gangster era. The four of us posed sitting in the plaza for a photo that was in the RJ newspaper advertising the movie. I would LOVE a copy of that photo if anyone has one!

Movies ran $4.00 for adults back then, and I remember how people used to grumble about the price. Then we ran “The Deerhunter” and the tickets were $5.00, and people thought THAT was insanely high, but they still paid. One Christmas, we ran “Animal House,” “Good bye Girl, and "The Turning Point” in the plaza, and the lines would be out the door. When a movie was sold out, the other cashier and I would holler, “‘Animal House is sold out!” People would then choose another movie.

It was great fun working there. Boyd intuitively knew how to hire and train the best kids in town. We were all great kids, and we all came from different high schools, but we all got along great! Rory was the projectionist back then, and he was such a handsome, sweet man with the most beautiful Irish accent. Boyd truly gave all of us teenagers such a great first job and an excellent training ground for future jobs. When a customer was rude to me once, he actually said to the man, “I don’t allow people to treat the kids that work here like that. I hire good kids, and their parents expect me to look after them while they are here.” The customer apologized, and I was so impressed that Boyd would stick up for a skinny seventeen year old.

Still married for 35 years to the handsome usher who worked tearing tickets when we met in high school at the Red Rock. We’ve raised two great sons, still have wonderful memories of the kids we worked with and our wonderful first boss. All that remains of the Red Rock are a brick and a piece of the red curtain that my husband managed to pull out of the rubble when they tore it down.

If anyone knows where I can get a copy of the RJ photo with the Bugsy Malone picture, please let me know. To Boyd’s son and daughters, you father was a wonderful boss and very kind behind his facade gruff exterior.

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