Southtown Mall Cinemas 1-2-3

7800 S. Anthony Boulevard,
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

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This theater was attached to Southtown Mall and opened as a twin in 1970. In the early-1980’s, one of the auditoriums was split into 2 and so it became a triplex. The theater had both an inside mall entrance as well as its own exterior entrance.

It was sold by General Cinemas to an independent operator in 1993. It operated until 2001. In 2005, the entire mall was demolished for redevelopment. Now there is a Wal-Mart, Menard’s, and about 10 additional retail stores on the site of the former mall.

Contributed by Mike Woehnker

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm



7800 S Anthony Boulevard for some reason Maps out to North of Tillman Road by Aldi’s, not very helpful. The new address will map properly.


June 30, 1971, opens under General Cinema Theaters as a twin
Early 1980’s 3 cinemas
1993 General Cinema Theaters sells to Midwest Movie Works
2001 closed
2005 Southtown Mall is demolished THE END
Can anyone verify that these dates are exact?

Need more any info and photos.

dallasmovietheaters on June 26, 2015 at 3:59 am

The timeline is close enough to correct. Just some refinements: General Cinema leased and opted out of the leasing situation. Bluegrass Cinemas of Lexington, KY was the 1993 circuit that came in to operate the theater closing it January 17, 1999 as a sub-run discount house. The greyfield-status / aka dead mall was on life support. That’s when Midwest Movie Works came in and operated it as the third and final operator. MWM closed it with controversy in 2001. Instead of simply blaming the moribund mall, the theater management blamed the African American patrons. The operator apologized and decided not to re-open due to the financial conditions of the mall. The Southtown Mall was then closed – years too late – and then demolished for a nondescript, though better performing shopping strip including a Walmart.

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