Townline Cinema

Eastern Boulevard and Booth Street,
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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The Townline Plaza opened in 1974 anchored by a W.T. Grant Grantland store, an A&P Grocery Store, and a New Breed Cinema. The theatre launched December 20, 1974 with “The Sting” and a no X-rated film policy. In May of 1976, New Breed Cinema was no more and new operators renamed the complex the Townline Cinema.

The new operators played G-rated films through the 7pm show and then X-rated films thereafter. This led to some very unusual bookings. For the weekend of May 28-30, 1976, six showings of Disney’s “Ride a Wild Pony” and Disney’s “Dumbo” played into the evening followed by two showings in the same auditorium of the X-Rated “Milk Lady”.

But the eight showings a day whittled down to just one in the video era and the Townline Cinema appears to have closed November 9, 1990.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Townline Plaza has been renamed Parkway Plaza, though the access road running in front of the stores is still called Townline Plaza on some maps, and some shops still have Townline Plaza addresses on the Internet while others use Parkway Plaza addresses.

The center is located on the south side of Eastern Boulevard east of Booth Street. Much of Eastern Boulevard is both U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 5, which is probably why the address we have listed is fetching the wrong location from Google Maps. The entire development was renovated in 2013, which may account for inconsistencies in maps and addresses on the Internet.

I wouldn’t even guess which building the theater was in, or even if the theater building is still standing. But I find that putting the name Parkway Plaza into Google Maps fetches the right general location. The shopping center itself uses the collective address 39 Eastern Boulevard.

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