Lakeland Mall I & II

1010 E. Memorial Road,
Lakeland, FL 33805

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Located in the old Lakeland Mall, the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema opened in 1972. Later re-named Lakeland Mall I & II, it closed in 1983 and was purchased by new owners. The mall itself has closed since then and the First Baptist Church at the Mall operates from the building.

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markp
markp on April 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I wonder if this JLC twin was laid out like the one I worked at back in the mid to late 70’s. One theatre was blue, the other red, with the concession stand in the middle of the lobby, prohibiting people from crossing over.

drewc
drewc on April 20, 2010 at 1:06 am

Movie534, this theater was designed the same way as the one you worked at. Blue on one side and the other red, with the concession stand in the middle. The mall was turned into the “First Baptist Church at the Mall”. The theater still exists but it is used only for church functions. The theater is located at the back entrance of the former mall.

This theater was originally called the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema (1972-1974). The name of the theater was changed to Lakeland Mall Twin Cinema in 1975 and closed under the same banner in 1992. Locals sometimes called the theater “Lakeland Mall I & II” or “Lakeland Mall”. The names where also used in some advertising. As far as I know it was independently owned & operated.

Jerry Lewis Cinemas were part of a chain of franchised independent theater owners. The Chain was controlled by Network Cinema Corp. By 1980, the chain was completely defunct, with both Jerry Lewis and the National Cinema Corporation filing for bankruptcy.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

in Jerry Lewis'book,“DEAN and ME”,Jerry talks about his failed cinemas,one of the few times I recall him ever writing about them.

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