Hilltop 8 Cinemas

2125 Hilltop Mall Road,
Richmond, CA 94806

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Hilltop Cineplex Odeon Cinemas

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This was a theater located in Hilltop Mall in Richmond. Four screens can be entered downstairs and the other four were entered at the mall’s upper level. Plitt opened this theater in the late 1970’s showing first-run fare. Later Cineplex Odeon took over and the theater became an odd mix of first-run and discount house (one level was first run, the other level was discount house.)

The theater closed in the mid-1990’s as a discount house. A 24 Hour Fitness now occupies a part of this property. It is near the current Century 16 Theaters.

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FrankieBoyCA on January 22, 2004 at 12:52 am

I went to this theatre for the last time back in 1997, and was really surprised at how good the projection and the sound was. Even though I was watching a second run film… the print looked REALLY GOOD. I was especially impressed at the strong sound system that the theater employed- very clear, strong- sounded great! There was nothing special about the design though, it looked very dated. I believe one of the auditoriums was orange. ORANGE!!!! haha but it was still a good place to check out a flick for a very VERY reasonable price.

chnsn63 on July 24, 2006 at 6:21 am

I remember this theater as the “dollar theater”. You would pay $1 to catch your discount flick, but not before you got “padded down” by security on the way in! Charming.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 31, 2007 at 7:04 am

I visited this theatre at the start of my theatre fascination. The original 4-screens downstairs were the orange bowling alleys that Plitt built originally. The length of them always suggested to me that perhaps it was originally a twin that had walls built down the center of each auditorium. Seriously, each auditorium had a center aisle with four seats on either side, 30-rows deep. The box office was located outside in the mall passageway. At the entire opposite end of the mall, Cineplex Odeon built another 4-plex that matched more of their mid-90’s motif with the marble tile and purple seats.

A former employee of mine worked there, and the Hilltop Mall did not have the best clientelle. I was told that they performed all their banking at one of the theatres, which meant having to transport drops and deposits back and forth through the mall while being escorted by security.

bago1 on April 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

i have some good memorys coming to this theater . i remember going here in the mid 80s to see the Return of the Jedi with my sister and brother that had to have been like 1983 or 84 . the last time i seen a movie here was in 1998 it was a second rate showing of the Titanic movie i was on a date . i belive the theater closed not long after that now it’s a 24 hour fitness and millitary recruiting offices .

ajtarantex on June 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

This was a hard theater to keep a Manager in because when the built the other 4 screens upstairs, One Manager for both houses and 1 projectionest for both locations Scheduling showtimes was hell, because you had to leave enough time for the projectionest to get back and forth without killing him, always the downstairs played the move over from the new theatre upstairs, We discounted the downstairs theater after the first year. they had to do 2 seperate inventories payrolls and split the booth hours also we hired many house Managers for the lower theater , It was a very seedy customer base after dark when you were Manager if you could not get through the mall after closing you had to walk around the outside to get back and forth taking every risk of getting shot at I was the District Manager for this Theatre and I was shot at one evening when doing a theatre visit walking outside to the other theater, That ended my night visits for that location

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

That’s silly. The mall wouldn’t let you walk through after hours? How did they stop you from doing so?

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