6800 Pendleton Pike,
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This theater opened in 1968 with the film “The Impossible Years” and was operated by the Y & W management company. The theater then showcased “Funny Girl” in 70mm. It was designed with a rustic image. It was part of a strip shopping center anchored by a Zayre department store.
The theater in 1974 removed its flat screen and installed a larger curved screen to accomodate the re-release of “This Is Cinerama”. Though there was hesitation to redo the screen, it later was a big pay off as the exclusive venue for “Star Wars”.
The theater had begun in the early-1970’s to be the eastside showcase for all Disney releases, which eventually helped the demise of the neighboring Arlington Theatre, which had been the Disney location for nearly 20 years. The theater thrived on the releases of the other “Sar Wars” movies, but it, too, floundered to the times and was unable to expand to keep up with other locations.
The Eastwood Theatre was torn down and replaced by a Menards.
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