Eastgate Cinemas

201 N. Stanley Avenue,
Monroe, LA 71201

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Eastgate Cinemas

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The Eastgate Cinema opened in 1965. It was located on N. Stanley Avenue at Betin Street This theatre originally opened as a single screen.

It was converted into a four-screen cinema in 1985, when the seating capacity was listed at 790. The theatre was owned and operated by Joy Theatres.

In the early-1990’s it became a dollar house, and was closed around 2003. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

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n5jp on March 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

I worked at this theatre for a summer in 1977, I think. Jack Pope was the owner (and partner of Joy’s Theatres). His son Jackie was the manager at that time. I was a ticket taker but learned how to be a projectionist there (barely). I think Andy was one of the projectionists…can’t remember the other guy’s name.

Jack Pope’s grandaughter has a post on Cinema III, which was another Joy’s Theatres property.

rivest266 on August 16, 2012 at 5:32 am

The Googlemobile’s camera was not working. Therefore I uploaded an aerial of the cinema.

Rtlolley on January 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

The above info it totally wrong…in 1985 the big house was turned into 4 smaller houses. It became a dollar house in the early 90’s and close after Silver Cinema bought it about 10 years ago. Jack Pope is my grandfather. He died 1/30/2001. Jackie is my uncle. My grandmother Dorothy(Jackie’s mom) died 1/17/2013. I grew up at Eastgate….

Mark68 on May 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

I clearly remember the premiere of Soggy Bottom USA at the Eastgate theater w/ Ben Johnson in ‘81. I wasn’t there but I sat glued to my radio listening to the “remote broadcast” on FM102. I don’t remember if it was “Humble Hunter” or Lorri Clary doing the dj work. I do remember one of the stars (Ben Johnson) was there signing autographs though. Eastgate’s days ended (along w/ alotta other businesses) when Pecanland Mall opened.

The Monroe of the 70’s & 80’s was soo full of rich life & culture. I remember eating a lot of Johnny’s Pizza, watching the fireworks on the levee of the Ouachita river, shopping at Howard Griffin Land O' Toys, Selber Bros., Fiesta Nutrition Center, Orange Juliua, Musicland, the big slat wooden benches in Twin City Mall, Picadilly, Tonga Island, the iron-on Tshirt cart, etc., etc..

I loved life in Monroe.

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