River Oaks Theaters 2 & 3
1370 Torrance Avenue,
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River Oaks Theater 2 opened in 1972 by Plitt theaters. It was located across the street, just west of theater 1. It was less spectacular than theater 1 though still nice. It could seat around 500 people and had the curtain that opened from side to side. The seats were normal and not rocking chairs. It’s premiere attraction was “What’s Up Doc?”.
In 1975 screen 3 was built in the same building as screen 2. The premiere attraction was “Once Is Not Enough”. It also sat 500 and the only difference was the curtain opened and closed vertically. These two screens were known for playing films that Northwest Indiana would either not get for months or not at all.
As far as I could tell the theaters always did big business but the two screens were closed in 1989. Soon after Circuit City moved in. The theatre had been gutted but the shell of the building still remains. Office Depot now occupies it.
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