Hillcrest 4 Theatres
605 N. Belt Way Drive,
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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres
The Hillcrest 4 Theatres were the talk of St.Joseph, MO. when they opened. With a city of only single screens it was an exciting visit to 605 N. Belt Way Drive. Two big movies that had long runs in the early seventies were "The Hawaiians" and "Two Mules For Sister Sara". The movie "Norwood" for some strange reason had a nice run there when it was pulled after a couple weeks in other cities. They did tie the "True Grit" connection with Kim Darby and Glen Campbell starring. Hillcrest 4 theatres also introduced twi-light pricing with low ticket rates during the day.
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AMC i think was founded in Missouri.
Worked here during my high school years, from 1992-1995. Great place to work. However, it was so worn out and falling apart. Great memories!
Hillcrest 4 closed in December 1999. The correct address is 617 N. Belt Highway (it is on the odd number side). As to the earlier comments, Richard Durwood owned Crown Cinema Corp. including the Hillcrest. His brother Stan Durwood was AMC. Both companies were officed in Kansas City. Crown Cinema operated from the VFW building.
In 1977, the Hillcrest 4 hosted the “world premiere” of the super cheesy movie “Supervan” (the movie had been filmed in the area).
Opened on Thursday, December 25, 1969, Adults $1.75, Students with AMC Cards $1.25, under 12 $.75 Grand Opening films were: James Garner in “Marlowe”, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, Steve McQueen in “The Reivers” and “This Is My Alaska”.