Willowbrook Mall Cinema

2000 Willowbrook Drive,
Houston, TX 77070

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This is the Willowbrook Mall Cinema that was located in the mall itself near the food court. The cinema opened with the mall in the mid-1980’s and closed shortly after AMC opened its multi-plex (Willowbrook Mall 24) across the street in the late-1990’s.

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Greg_Smith
Greg_Smith on January 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

scottneff-It’s been about 20 years since I was at this theater so I am operating from memory. I recall the cinema being located adjacent to where the food court is today in the mall. The 1156 in your address refers to a store location in the mall. That address now belongs to a store called Imaginations which is currently at that spot in the mall. I believe this was originally a GCC theater which was taken over by AMC when GCC went bankrupt in the late 1990’s. It was closed shortly after when AMC opened it’s 24 multiplex nearby.

Greg_Smith
Greg_Smith on August 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

A Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) store has just opened in the space that used to be this theater. Have not been there, but I would imagine pretty much any trace of this being a theater is gone. The lobby doors were outside the mall adjacent to the main entrance leading into the food court.

jasonm74
jasonm74 on December 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

AMC did not operate this theatre long as they had the Willowbrook 10 theatre across the street in The Commons shopping center (which was just demolished for an Academy Sporting Goods store). The Willobrook 6 GCC sign, although painted black, still is standing at the far end of the mall on FM1960 near the railroad tracks.

coryrr1
coryrr1 on October 21, 2015 at 2:30 am

I remember the GCC well….saw some great 80’s classics in that theatre. Movies seemed better when I was young…today they just seem boring. I will definitely check out that GCC sign and see if it’s still there near the railroad tracks. I was thinking it was closer to the corner entrance. (BofA there now at that corner.)Once the new shopping center opened on the opposite side of 249 that was the nail in the coffin for all the nearby theatres. The commons AMC across the street was a cool place to watch them too. You never know what you have until you miss it…the good ol' days…:)

Brian
Brian on March 2, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Coryrr1, I completely agree with you. I remember going to this theater as well as the AMC 10 across the street and the AMC Commerce Park 8 numerous times back in the 90’s. Back before stadium seating was the norm, when we all had ground seating and the movies felt like “the movies”. I miss those theaters. If they still existed with the same type of ambiance as back then, I’d gladly go there over a newer one.

Does anyone remember which spot in the Willowbrook Commons is where the AMC 10 used to be? It has been so long that I can not remember where exactly it was in that shopping strip. there.

Brian
Brian on December 11, 2017 at 5:32 am

Does anyone have any pictures of this theater, either from the outside entrance by the food court or inside the actual theater that they could post on here?

Edge1986
Edge1986 on January 7, 2018 at 9:49 am

Sadly, it seems there are no photos of this GCC anywhere on the internet. Which is a shame since this place was my childhood theater. My parents always took me here in the early 90 s and I can only operate from childhood memory as to what this place looked like. All I remember are entrances from the outside and in the food court as well as a staircase leading to the restrooms and the GCC logo. You can see their coming attractions and feature presentation bumpers on YouTube from that era and I remember seeing those too. I recently visited Houston and stopped by this mall and you can no longer even tell a movie theater was once here. H&M and several other store fronts have taken the space at some point and the mall seems to have been renovated. Surely somebody who worked for GCC or was managing this theater back then has pictures, but they probably aren’t aware of this site. I would hate to think this place has been banished to the corners of our memories.

Brian
Brian on January 8, 2018 at 4:52 am

I agree, Edge1986. It’s a shame that the digital world we live in now, did not exist back then as there would be numerous pictures all over the internet of the places we used to visit when we were growing up. The only old school movie theater in the Houston area that is still open, is the $1 movie theater on 1960 and North Oaks. All of the others have closed and/or been torn down. It’s a shame.

Edge1986
Edge1986 on January 17, 2018 at 11:08 am

Actually, there are a few of the older theaters in Houston still open. Loews Easton Commons is now Studio Movie Grill Copperfield. Loews Spring is now an updated AMC. I believe the 2nd run theater by NASA is still there, too. I know the old Tomball theater has been renovated. The oldest one, River Oaks, is still alive and well(as it should be). In my opinion, AMC should have never closed the Willowbrook mall theater when they aquired GCC. They should have kept it going as a 2nd run theater. That way, it would have been rebranded as AMC Classic by now and would look the same as it did 30 years ago. Oh well.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

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