River Park Square Cinema

225 N. Post Street,
Spokane, WA 99201

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The Spokesman-Review covered the opening of the 700-seat twin screen River Park Square Cinema on October 24, 1979. Tom Stuart and Edward Coker, owners of the Magic Lantern Theatre, built the quarter-million dollar cinema, which was equipped for 70mm in the larger auditorium. The Spokesman Review said for some reason the opening attraction “Apocalypse Now” was screened in 35mm. As a counter program, the attraction on the other screen was “Monty Python’s Life of Brian".

Barely a year later In October of 1980 the cinema came under the Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO) banner. In December of 1986 the Spokesman-Review noted that Cineplex Odeon had purchased SRO for $45.5 million. While operating as a $1.50 discount house since 1988, Cineplex Odeon closed it in February of 1991.

The cinema was later demolished to make room for the revitalized Square, which opened in 1999. The cinema’s location in relation to the Square was said to be located under the parking structure at N. Post Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard. In August of 1999 the AMC River Park Square 20 opened its first 14 screens at the Square.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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