Metro Park 8

10201 N. Metro Parkway E,
Phoenix, AZ 85051

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euge_phoenix on June 12, 2012 at 4:55 am

Right, this theater opened as a two-plex and then Bill Blair expanded it to a four-plex and finally an eight-plex. With each expansion you could see that the architecture got a little bit better. The original two theatres had the front few rows at an angle so that the people in those seats were leaning back and toward the screen. I think part of the rationale was to give you a better view but it also made it easier to clean the theater at night with a leaf blower, with everything going into the gulley.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

Reminds me when we opened “PETE’S DRAGON” and the “GAUNTLET” for Christmas movies.Very little cross over when CLINT sold out!

Coate on February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

<<< “Metro Park 8 Theatres opened in 1977” >>>

This theater did open in 1977, as claimed, but certainly not as an 8-plex. (I bet the number of 8-plexes in existence in 1977 can be counted on one hand.) I believe it opened, as a twin, on December 23, 1977, with the debut features being “Oh, God!” and “The Choirboys.”

Mrbobo on February 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

One thing I remember about the lobby of this theater is the walls and celling were decorated with a photo collage made up of bits of posters of the various films that played in this multi plex. Unfortunately, when this theater was remodeled in 1989, the collage was replaced with United Artists rather bland interior. I believe this theater opened as a 4 plex and was expanded to 8 in 1989.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 1, 2010 at 3:35 am

Might have been open 1990-2001?

Previously operated or owned by:

Blair Theaters?

United Astists Theaters

More info and photos?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 1, 2010 at 2:51 am

Allen0318,try and get opening day movies if you can.Be great to see what they opened with.Thanks for the entry.