Hoyts Waterville 6

250 Kennedy Memorial Drive,
Waterville, ME 04941

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Opened in February 1968 as a twin. Cinema 1 seated 700 and Cinema 2 seated 480. It had wall to wall curved screens, rocking chair seats. White walls, red seats and screens (with side masking) had curtains. Cinema 1 opened with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and Cinema 2 opened with “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.

Two additional theaters were added in 1971. Both Cinemas 3 and 4 seated 200. They were just smaller versions of Cinema 1 and 2.

In 1977 Cinema 1 was split into 2 theaters. In 1979 the original Cinema 2 was split into two 200 seat theaters.

Closed in 2002, it became a church.

Contributed by Duane Luce

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

PLEASE ADD TO THE ADDRESS:

250 KENNEDY MEMORIAL DR 04901.

AKA:

CINEMA CENTER SIXPLEX.

OWNERS:

1980-1985 SBC Management Corporation?

1990-2002 Hoyts Cinema Corporation?

mhvbear
mhvbear on June 21, 2010 at 8:32 am

It was an SBC theater as early as mid 70’s. I am not sure but was a Lockwood & Gordon theater when built. They aslo owned the State theater in Waterville as well as the Haines Theater.

joesorce
joesorce on February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

It was first opened as “Cinema 1 and 2” and later re-named “Cinema Center”. Did not have rocking chair seats. Longest-running feature was “Smokey and the Bandit” at 26 weeks, biggest bomb was “Harold and Maude”(4 days, 27 patrons).

Waterville was also home to one of the few “Jerry Lewis Cinemas” which became the “PLaza Cinema” and eventually a porn house.

Scene of a local riot in the 1970’s when they presented a midnight showing of “Night of the Living Dead” that oversold.

Irishize41
Irishize41 on October 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

My Dad was the manager at this theater when it was Cinema 1 and 2. I remember collecting for the Jimmy Fund…we would go and help him. Many nights he would bring home the left over popcorn!

mhvbear
mhvbear on January 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The marque always had Cinema Center on the top with Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 underneath. If a film switched theaters they would change the switch the 1 & 2 on the marquee. When they added the additional 2 theaters the numbers would be switched inside. I saw “Harold and Maude” in Cinema 1. It actually played 3 days. Sunday through Tuesday before “The Godfather” opened that Wednesday. That was still during the time when theaters booked select films Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday through Tuesday. During the period when it was still Cinema 1 and 2, they had what was call Cinema Center Series when select foreign films would play for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. Such as “Ulysses”, “Elvira Madigan”, “The Two of Us”, “The Bride Wore Black”. Films that would not be able to play for a full week. These series would run for 2 weeks 2 or 3 times a year.

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