Red Rock 11 Theaters

5201 W. Charleston Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89107

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IndyJeff on March 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm

How great it is to read about the memories people had at the Red Rock Theaters. My name is Jeff Jones, I graduated from Western High School in 1966 and began working for Horst Schmidt and Mrs. Lucille Cragin that same year. They owned KRGN FM Radio Station located on east Sahara. I worked there recording music on tape to be played back later on an automatic playback system. Later that same year Horst made me manager of the Red Rock Theater. At that time there was only one theater. Mr. Leon Stephenson was the general manager of both the Red Rock theater and the El Portal theater. Horst and Mrs. Cragin owned the theaters, but Mr. Stephenson was responsible for running of the theaters. Mr. Stephenson was one of the best people I ever worked for. In 1968 I joined the Air Force and went to Vietnam. While in Vietnam I received a letter from Horst saying Mr. Stephenson had passed. I received that letter with great sadness. He died in the lobby of the Red Rock theater when nobody else was there and I believe he was found by Rory O'Conner,our projectionist. Rory was a great little Irishman. He really had an Irish accent. It was great fun to ride in his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. I don’t think he would mind if you knew the lady on top of the radiator was sterling silver. When I got out of the Air Force in 1972 I came back and worked at the Red Rock and El Portal theaters. In 1972 we showed The Godfather. We had it in four theaters and the lines went around the theater and crowd control was really a problem. We had a few celebrities show up. One night Tony “The Ant” Spilotro shows up with his wife and bodyguard. He doesn’t want to stand in line like everybody else. So, his bodyguard starts calling me every name in the book. I just want to get him out of the lobby, so I seat his party and as i’m walking away he stuffs a five dollar bill in my pocket. After that incident I started carrying 357 under my jacket. These guys really don’t care about anybody but themselves. The El Portal theater was the oldest theater in Las Vegas. There is a plaque in front of the building where it used to be on Fremont St. It was the first building in Las Vegas to have air conditioning in 1928. I read were Horst passed away in 2004 with great sadness. I enjoyed our talks. He told me what it was like to grow up in Germany during WWII. I left the Red Rock theater in late 1972 and that’s when Boyd Moseley replaced me as manager. I remember the faces of the candy girls and ushers, but it’s hard to remember the names, I’m now almost 70. One of the best times of my life was growing up in the sixty’s in Las Vegas. In 2005 I went to visit my Mom in Las Vegas and I drove past were the Red Rock Theater used to be. There was just a concrete slab – I cried.

radams on July 30, 2017 at 8:43 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.

Jamiereno on March 6, 2017 at 12:26 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:

crystalthompson on May 29, 2016 at 11:06 pm

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

JAS on April 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

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

crystalthompson on March 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

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.

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson on July 24, 2014 at 8:11 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….

Thetruth702 on July 8, 2014 at 2:25 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

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.

Kevin Bowman
Kevin Bowman 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson on August 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

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

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 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 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 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 on February 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thought those who remember the Original “Red Rock” Theatres would like this story from 1989:

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 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).