Red Rock 11 Theaters

5201 W. Charleston Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89107

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LordRocksavage
LordRocksavage on January 20, 2014 at 7:39 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.

Kevbomusic
Kevbomusic on June 5, 2013 at 12:59 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.

underkover
underkover on May 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

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

Gutterdoc
Gutterdoc on January 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Oh and Kevin, your dad did an excellent job running the theater! I always had such positive experiences and the employees really seemed to enjoy their work environment. Thanks again for the great pics!!!

Gutterdoc
Gutterdoc on January 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I was born and raised in Vegas. Thanks so much for the great pics of the theater! Had so many good times there! Such a shame that all of our history gets demolished. I saved these pictures and will treasure them forever!

Greglike1972
Greglike1972 on January 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

My name is Greg Barnaby and I grew up in Las Vegas. One night in 1972 after having returned from my Gorman High senior class trip, My friend, Tom Byrne and I took in a midnight showing of ‘The Godfather’. Decatur Blvd. was pretty much the west end border of the city in those days and the Redrock theater stood as a sentinel before the vast expanse of desert spreading out toward the spring Mountains. Movies that I enjoyed there are: ET, The Thing, A Star is Born, Logan’s Run, Jurassic Park, All the Presidents Men, and Heaven can wait. Thanks for the great memories of Las Vegas passed.

frankasu03
frankasu03 on November 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Very true about “Kool Kollectables.” The owners treated everyone like criminals, and as a comic collector, never was comfortable shopping there. I recall a sports apparell store (complete with baseball cards) and a martial arts retailer sharing space with RedRock Theatres. Longest line ever? “Batman” in the Summer of 1989. First movie: Star Trek IV or “Follow that Bird” Last: “Nothing to Lose” in 1997. Very lame finish.

frankasu03
frankasu03 on November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks so very much for the photo post, Kevin. I haven’t seen the interior since way back in the Summer of 1997. Truly, a magical place “Redrock” was. My family first experienced the wonderful “Turn of the Century” decor in the mid to late ‘80s. I’ll look for photos, but I’m sure I’ll never find a great shot of the inside like this one. Thanks again.

kevinMoseley
kevinMoseley on August 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

You’re welcome for the pictures guys. I just wish even after all the years that dad ran the place, we would’ve kept more of them. I was only able to find the two…but I think they are good shots and will help alot of people to remember the good times and the theater!

KevinJackson
KevinJackson on August 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

Love the pictures that were posted, really brought back some good memories.

kevinMoseley
kevinMoseley on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

My name is Kevin Moseley, and for those of you that worked at the Redrock prior to 1985, you would possibly remember me as the freckled little son of RedRock manager Boyd Moseley. I fondly remember this movie theater from my childhood as it was where me and my sisters spent a great deal of our time on weekends and summer. My father ran this theater for quite some time before Syufi bought it from the owner Horste Schmidt in 1985. This forced the relocation of my family to California, the loss of jobs for many people in the mid 80’s, and the end of “the glory days” of the RedRock History. The beauty of the old town square, the cobblestone paths, the clocktower that sat near the offices entrance…all this history first wiped away by Syufi and their “modernization”…haha… still couldn’t compete after they took over. Long dead were the days of the “real” movie theater experience. For those that do remember my father – RADAMS for example…I am sad to say that he passed away in 1999 from lung cancer (you remember how much he smoked?!?!) We moved to California where he continued in the movie theater business with Cineplex Odeon, and then off to Colorado where he worked with Super Saver Cinemas before he passed away. I am looking for any photos of the RedRock in it’s “heyday” if anyone happens to have any. I have two that I recently found in my father’s personal things…If you happen to have any, I would be happen to post, email, or copy and mail to you…Thanks for the good wishes and great memories of the RedRock 11 Theater.

natewidick
natewidick on August 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I worked at the Red Rock ‘95-'96 – On the cusp of the decline. I recall myself and a coworker asking the manager why we were getting crap films like Leprechaun 3 and Down Periscope rather than more substantial flicks like Twister and Fargo. She proceeded to explain to me that she can spend a large hunk of money on a big film, or get 5 or 6 terrible ones and the same senior citizens, drug addicts, and unaccompanied children will still come and pay for a ticket. I lived nearby and had seen nearly all of my favorite films of the preceding decade at that movie house. Hearing her dismiss the history and magic of that theatre with such cynicism robbed me of just a little joy. My coworker friend felt equally disenfranchised by her remarks and pooped on the hood of her LeBaron. Life can be funny that way.

coffee4binky
coffee4binky on May 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

Saw over 50+ movies here (almost beating out my viewings at Torrey Pine and Mountain View), but I can only recall Batman, Big Hit, Kindergarten Cop, Kiss of Death, Back to the Future III … everything else is just faded memories. I used to shop at Kool Kollectibles, but after the theater closed and they opened the other locations, the owners of Kool Kollectibles accused every single customer of being a thief, and would not let a customer browse in peace at the large comic book selection. And they wonder why they went out of business. For the record, the owners of Kool Kollectibles claimed he owned the Red Rock Theater lot and building.

karenmanning
karenmanning on March 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I was lucky enough to get hired at the Red Rock as a candy girl in 1976. The previous poster “radams” was my very best friend in high school; and we had a great time working together at the Red Rock!! I have so many wonderful memories! I can’t tell you how many times we watched “A Star is Born” there! There were so many good kids who worked there. There were two ice cream parlors, the original candy counter in the front, and the “gazebo” candy counter in the back. The back had planters and benches with a large, standing clock along with the popcorn wagon. I’ll never forget working in the popcorn wagon with another girl when one of us (probably me) had forgotten to put the lid down on the popper after pouring in the oil and the popcorn kernels. Within minutes popped popcorn was flying all over the place! We could barely stop laughing long enough to put the lid down on the popper! The Red Rock was a very special place.

frankasu03
frankasu03 on February 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thought those who remember the Original “Red Rock” Theatres would like this story from 1989: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz841zbq8ao

radams
radams on December 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

I worked as a “candy girl/cashier” at the Red Rock from 1976 until 1979. It was the best job that a teenager could have in Las Vegas at the time! My first job, and it was there that I met a cute usher, who I would later marry. We’ve been married for 30 years now and have two children! Boyd Mosley was the manager, and he was a fabulous man! He was tough, expected a lot from the teenagers that worked there, and was a wonderfully kind man! The plaza theaters had an old time popcorn wagon that I loved to work in. We served freshly popped popcorn from this wagon and REAL butter on the popcorn! It was THE place to come to see a movie! When it was being torn down, my husband went and got a brick from the rubble, so that we could remember all of the wonderful kids we worked with and THE place that we fell in love at!

Sqinky
Sqinky on July 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I worked at the Red Rock 11 from Jan 1980 to April 1983. It was the best job to have as a high school student. It was a bad day when I found out Syufi(possible spelling error) bought it in (or around early 1985).

KevinJackson
KevinJackson on March 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Wow, it’s a blast reading everyones post on the old redrock, I really enjoy them and laugh at all the old memories. As a kid me and my friends would go to the cinedom across from cashman school. Used to go on saturday buy the first ticket and spend the whole day sneaking into all the movies. Must have saw rocky 3 20 times back then, lol.

cupboardoflove
cupboardoflove on March 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

What I haven’t read yet is that towards the end of this theater’s run in 1999, it actually became a bargain theater for its last year or two (right around the time the Mountain View and Torrey Pines went out of business). When the Century Orleans 12 (now 18) and Act III (now Regal) Village Square 18 opened in December 1997, it pretty much put the nails in the coffin for both the Cinedome 12 and the Red Rock 11. Why go see a movie at either of those theaters when you can see a movie in a THX-certified auditorium that also provided stadium seating with rocking chairs and foldable armrests?

I had great memories of this theater from my childhood/pre-teen years. Saw many great and many terrible films here with many friends.

Interesting to note that almost nothing exists now in the strip mall that ended up replacing it.

dzumar
dzumar on February 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

The opening of the Red Rock 4 was the beginning of the end for the first generation of single screen movie theaters clustered around the downtown area. It effectively siphoned off customers from the newer growth areas of town and, with four screens (originally), provided just about all the movie entertainment a person could want back then.

KevinJackson
KevinJackson on November 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I worked at the Red Rock 11 Theaters from 1985 to 1987. Started fresh out of the Marine Corps, worked my way from usher up to In-house manager. Had a great time at the place and worked with a great group of people, enjoyed every day at that job. It was challenging to run the projectors, sometimes you would have to run across the rooftop to the other side of the theater to start the movie on time, it was great.
The architecture of the place was incredible; you don’t see theaters built like that anymore. There were two snack counters, one in the town square and one on the other side and for awhile we had an ice cream parlor in it and an arcade along with a nice couple who ran a little sales booth with trinkets and such.
I left Vegas in 1991 came back five years later to discover the theater was closed, by the time I came back again, 3 years later, it was torn down after the fire. Still saw some of the old floor tiles on the empty lot, brought back some great memories of old friends.
I was probably one of the managers you talked to when your cars got broken into; I was only 19 years old when I started, caught one vandal once. Reading some of the post on this sight brought back some great memories, I am glad others recall the place fondly.

nickreese
nickreese on September 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm

The Red Rock was built and owned by Horst Schmidt. As I recall, the Red Rock 4 (1971) was the first multiplex theater in the world. Mr. Schmidt sold the Red Rock 11 to a theater chain after seeing the handwriting on the wall that single theater owners, like himself, would have a tough time competing.

richjr37
richjr37 on December 23, 2008 at 7:42 am

Saw “Skatetown USA” & “The Great Muppet Caper”,among others,here between spring ‘79 and fall '81.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 7, 2007 at 6:58 pm
  • 1966 1 cinemas
  • 1971 4 cinemas
  • 1972 6 cinemas
  • 1973 11 cinemas (most screens at the time until the Eaton Centre in Toronto,ON opened in 1979.)
  • 1999 closed
KimF
KimF on August 26, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Heh heh heh… Yep… You saw those at The Flick, too. I’m trying to remember for sure, but they may have had two, separate small screens – one accessed to the right of the box office and one to the left.

I think I’ll wait and let someone else create the listing. Since I haven’t created any others, I don’t really want the first one to be for a porno theater. LOL Glad I could help, though! :–)