Twi-Lite Cinema Center
201 Smelter Avenue NW,
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The Twi-Lite Cinema Center was a three-screen theater with a single screen, seasonal outdoor theater and two indoor screens. The Twilite Drive-In was opened on August 10, 1952 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Comin' ‘Round the Mountain” & Stephen McNally in “Apach Drums”. It was operated by George Buzzas & L.A. Donahue. It had a capacity for 225 cars, later increased to 400 cars. Only the outdoor screen was operational until January 27, 1971 when the Cinema Center was at full strength with the opening of the indoor Cinema I at 500 seats and Cinema II at 300 seats with a soft launch followed by a grand opening two days later.
In 1994, the Cinema City lost a screen when the Twi-Lite Drive-In was bulldozed. On February 28, 1998, the Twi-Lite closed with a final showing of “Titanic” going out a winner. The property stayed vacant for four years before being converted into a senior living center appropriately called the Twilite Center.
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