Biscayne III Theatre

301 N. Stadium Boulevard,
Columbia, MO 65201

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Biscayne III Theatre

Originally opened as the triple screen Jerry Lewis Cinemas at the Biscayne Mall. The theatre was a failure from its opening with the showing of family entertainment. The theatre management wanted to seperate from the Jerry Lewis chain in order to start showing trash movies and X-rated fare. The name of the theatre was changed almost overnight to the Biscayne III Theatre to seperate it from the Jerry Lewis chain.

With the expansion of the video market and trash movies dropping off in business, the Biscayne’s business also slowed down. Mainstream movies went over well at the Biscayne until the opening of the four screen at the Columbia Mall.

The Dickinson Theatres had taken over the operations of the Biscayne and dropped the prices to $1.50, but finally closed the theater in the summer of 1998.

Contributed by ChuckVanBibber

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

MarkInTX on August 30, 2004 at 5:16 pm

The Biscayne actually stayed a first-run theater until the summer of 1992, when it became a second-run a few weeks after Dickinson opened the Forum 8.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2012 at 1:30 am

So they closed a nice Jerry Lewis Theatre to peddle TRASH..Smart.Lame excuse.

CSWalczak on June 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

There is additional information about the theater and several pictures of it on its page at CinemaTour.

xav456 on February 17, 2015 at 1:53 am

I worked at this theater in early-mid 80’s. It was a first-run movie theater playing all the big hits you can think of from that era (Top Gun, Back From the Future, etc). I really don’t know why I see these review sites discussing this X-rated BS from the 70’s. This theater was a clean operation.

JoelWeide on September 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

DIckinson took over the operations of this theatre, the Fairlawn Twin, Topeka, KS as well as the Mid-State Twin, Salina, Ks, all Jerry Lewis. The Biscayne and Fairlawn were already in operation, the Mid-State had not yet opened. All three theatres were in a common ownership mall which may have played a part in why Dickinson was the operator who acquired the theaters.

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