Griffith Park Cinema I-II

236 West Ridge Road,
Griffith, IN 46319

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Griffith Park Cinema, Griffith, IN

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General Cinema opened this theater, the last twin to open in Nortwest Indiana in 1979. It’s premiere attractions were “Butch and Sundance:The Early Days” and “Rocky 2”. It was located in a strip mall in the very southeast corner which made it hard to see from either Ridge Road or Cline Avenue. This strip mall was the site of the Ridge Road Drive-In which had closed two years ealier.

Unlike the other GCC twins in the area, Griffith Park’s auditoriums were longer in length and smaller in width. The theater did well since it normally played movies exclusively. In the mid 90’s the theater began to fall on hard times due to competing multiplexes and General Cinema finally closed its doors in 1998. The giant read Cinema I-II sign on the building still sits there though the lobby is virtually empty save for the skeleton of the concession stand.

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mhking
mhking on January 24, 2005 at 7:00 am

Actually, the theaters were tucked in the northeast corner of the shopping center between a handful of smaller shops which faced the west, and a landscape supply/nursery that faced south. But the theater was very hard to see from either Ridge Rd. or Cline Ave., and the signage was never that good to begin with.

JRS40
JRS40 on June 8, 2007 at 11:06 am

The first movie I ever saw here was called “Nightwing” that was a very bad horror movie about bats. This was a unique theater as, unlike the other area GCC’s, the two auditoriums were deep and not wide. The building is still there and the skeleton of the concession stand is still in the lobby.

behfilm
behfilm on February 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

I am looking into reopening this cinema as a Brew and View (A cinema that serves Beer and Wine)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Good luck.B.E. Guess you haven’t yet since nothing has been posted about,Save that GCC theatre!

kevchicago
kevchicago on December 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

For some reason I can’t get this place out of my head. I stopped by it a year ago and took some photos. For being closed for so long the inside seemed to be in great condition. It was a great place to go see movies. Easy parking, never over-run, clean and ran movies for the longest of times. The best part about it is that after or before the movie the mall was a place to just hang. Venture store or other other joint on the south east corner (can’t remember the name) were cool places to shop. In the 90’s the mall was all but vacant but now it has “some” life in it with K-mart next door. It would be nice if someone did re-open (like a Brew and View) here. Again, great parking, easy to get too (being 3 minutes from the expressway).

behfilm
behfilm on March 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Well the condition of this theater was in pretty bad shape. The amount of work that it needed would not have been worth what they wanted to charge for leasing it. I think there is a new leasing company in charge of it that I am going to try to contact.

tabithaharvey
tabithaharvey on August 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

To behfilm, how fares the work on reopening?

Adam
Adam on November 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I’m not sure but I think this is the same theater on youtube where somebody does a walk through in it just type closed movie theaters

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I couldn’t find the one you’re thinking of.

Adam
Adam on November 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I’ve never been it but when the person walking thorough he added the sounds of the movie trailers in the background but it thinks it is this one

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