Cinema On The Mall I & II
3300 Chambers Road,
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The Cinema-On-The-Mall opened on December 22, 1967 along with the rest of the shopping center, which was at the time simply called "The Mall". It was built and operated by General Cinema and featured one large auditorium with their usual "shadow-box" style screen, along with red velour-backed vinyl seats. The first film to play the theatre was Disney’s "The Jungle Book".
On June 2, 1972, the theater underwent a disastrous twinning, with a wall constructed running down the length of the auditorium. This resulted in two long, narrow theaters with very small screens. Nevertheless, the theatre played some of the biggest hits of the era, including “Jaws”, “The Exorcist”, and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. Eventually, complaints abut screen size caused GCC to install larger screen frames in front of the original ones.
In 1978, the newly renamed "Arnot Mall" began a major expansion, with Regal Cinemas signing a lease for a new 10 screen cinema in the second floor near the food court. Upon completion of this theatre, GCC closed their original cinema, and the space is now occupied by retail.
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