Ridge Plaza Cinema I-II

5900 W. Ridge Road,
Gary, IN 46408

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rivest266 on July 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

This opened on April 14th, 1972. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Found on Newspapers.com

bbfarmer on February 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

My high school was directly across the street. Saw too many movies to count at the Ridge Plaza. Sad to see it gone.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Thanks movie534 you made my life ALOT easier as A Manager never having to worry about the Booth.

markp on September 16, 2010 at 5:59 am

MikeRogers, I couldn’t agree with you more. As the last union projectionist left working here in Jersey, I loved those days of the old huge singles and twins, when movies still sold out 6 to 8 weeks after opening. I work in a 10-plex today and after 1 week the movies are dead. Its been a long 35 year run for me, and I must say, the old days were the best.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

What sad stories about a wonderful Twin.Wouldn’t be nice if that was all we had Single screens and Twins,Not everyone playing day and date.Actual theatre chains that encouraged promotions.Glad I worked in those days.No way would i want to manage one of those 20 plex monsters,I won’t even go in to one.

JohnSanchez on February 17, 2005 at 10:40 am

I drove by there last night and the theater is now completely demolished. Kind of sad but not unexpected. The Ridge Plaza was designed slightly different from any other twin General Cinema I ever saw (including the other two in NW Indiana – Crossroads and Dunes)probably because it was the first. Besides the above mentioned tabletops in Cinema 1 and the size of the two auditoriums there was the entrance to Cinema 2. To get to the auditorium on the left side (Cinema 2) instead of just entering a door on either side you would first have to walk down a small hallway. On the left was an exit door and poster case and, I think, a door to the projectionist booth. On the right were bathrooms which was very odd as all the other theaters had just one set of bathrooms. Also, the screens were different. At all the other GCC’s the screen lay flat against the wall. At the Ridge the screen was actually inside the wall with all four sides of the wall angeling in towards the screens.

Sitting there looking at the ruins I got to thinking that this was the theater where my love for movies was born. So many movies I saw there (some great and some not so great) including “The Godfather”, “The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Three Days of the Condor”, “Hustle”, “Mother, Jugs and Speed”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Shampoo”, “The Shootist”, “Marathon Man”, “Jaws 2”, “Grease”, “Foul Play”, “Animal House”, “Death on the Nile”, “Kramer vs kramer” and the list goes on and on.

The theater probably won’t be missed by most but will forever have a spot in my heart. Thank you Ridge Plaza.

MarkAllen on February 15, 2005 at 2:48 pm

The theater has now been torn down. All that is left is the walls that used to be the theaters. I worked there as an usher and a janitor. I loved working there. I will miss that place. I quit going there once General Cinema sold it. It just wasn’t the same. R.I.P. Ridge Plaza cinema.

mhking on January 24, 2005 at 7:02 am

I worked at Ridge Plaza after my senior year in 1980. The theater ran “Empire Strikes Back” most of that summer, and the other big draw for Ridge Plaza (at least in those days) were the Friday night “Rocky Horror” showings at midnight.

dave-bronx™ on December 7, 2004 at 11:56 am

Regarding the table-tops mentioned in the description above – In those days when General Cinema was using the Griggs pushback chairs, they used 4 or 5 different width seats, and the little ‘tables’ were actually spacers – in a space not wide enough for a seat but too wide to leave it empty. That way, all the aisle-ends were the same distance from the aisle carpet, even though the rows of seats were offset from one row to the next so you wouldn’t have the head of the person in front of you blocking your view. When Griggs went out of business and GCC switched to other seat manufacturers, the spacers were eliminated.

JohnSanchez on December 7, 2004 at 10:52 am

I drove by the theater last week and it is now closed.