Hoyts Waterville 6

250 Kennedy Memorial Drive,
Waterville, ME 04941

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joesorce
joesorce on November 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Lockwood & Gordon built this twin cinema after the Haines theatre downtown burned to the ground. It was first opened as “Cinema 1 and 2” and later re-named “Cinema Center” when 2 additional screens were added. Did not have rocking chair seats but they did recline (red seats in all auditoriums). Longest-running feature was “Smokey and the Bandit” at 26 weeks, (and it returned several times afterwards) biggest bomb was “Harold and Maude”(3days, 17 patrons).

Cinema 1 was the setting for a riot in the mid 70’s when “Midnight shows” became a popular fad. “Night of the Living Dead” oversold and unruly patrons overturned the boxoffice and broke windows.

Waterville was also home to one of the few “Jerry Lewis Cinemas” which became the “PLaza Cinema” and eventually a porn house. It was located on Upper Main Street where “Arby’s” is currently located and seated 325.

mhvbear
mhvbear on January 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

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.

Irishize41
Irishize41 on October 6, 2013 at 1:34 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 June 21, 2010 at 6:32 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.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 18, 2010 at 9:54 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?