Cortez Twin

3633 Cortez Road,
Bradenton, FL 34205

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The Cortez Twin was located at the far end of the old Woolco (later Wal-Mart) shopping center on Cortez Road across from DeSoto Square Mall. I’m not sure exactly when it opened, but it was probably in the early to mid-1970’s. I went on my first "date" (age seven) to the Cortez Twin to see "Pete’s Dragon" in 1977. By the late-1980’s/early-1990’s it was showing second run movies and eventually closed sometime in the 1990’s, and left vacant.

Contributed by Tim Fankell

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

Tim,“Pete’s Dragon” was a Disney Christmas release in 1977.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Cinematour shows the address as 4425 14th St W

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

PLEASE ADD ADDREESS:

4425 14TH STREET WEST

AKA

JERRY LEWIS CINEMA

Open 1971-1997?

Owners:

1973-1978 Suncoast Cinemas?
1978-1980 Cobb?
1980-1988 Plitt Theaters?
1990 Floyd Theaters of Haines City, Fla.? In 1967 Carl Floyd was President and had 40 theaters all in Florida.

Anyone have more info or photos?

starwarskid77
starwarskid77 on August 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

The address Cinematour gives is not accurate. That address is indeed for PetSmart, but that’s not where the theater used to be. PetSmart is in the Cortez Plaza, an entirely different shopping center. The correct address for the Cortez Twin is 3633 Cortez Rd.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

That right, In the Cortez Plaza EAST. It opened as Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema on Christmas day, 1971 and renamed in 1973 when the Jerry Lewis franchise fell apart.

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