Sunset Hills Cinema 4

10925 Sunset Plaza,
Sunset Hills, MO 63122

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Sunset Hills Cinema 4

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The Sunset Hills Cinema was opened by General Cinema as a two screen theatre seating 1,500. The larger auditorium had 1,000 seats and the small number two had 500. When the Sunset Hills first opened it was about that time that the suburban theatres started running day and date with the big movie palaces in downtown and on Grand Avenue. The Sunset Hills ran day and date with the Loew’s State Theatre and the Loew’s Mid City Theatre.

In 1964 they converted the two auditoriums into a four screens. This was the main GCC house in the St. Louis market until the Lindbergh 8 opened. When GCC closed its houses in St. Louis the Sunset Hills closed for about two years when the Mosley brothers cleaned it up and reopened it as a discount house. It remained that until it closed in 1997 and was demolished for the expansion for the Sunset Hills Shopping Center.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 22, 2010 at 3:53 am

OK, I’m looking at Google Maps and the layout of the Plaza and Shoppes at Sunset Hills. I’m guessing the theater was where the Longhorn Steak House is now. Keep in mind I said I was “guessing”, since the theater was an outlot. Can anyone confirm/correct on this?

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Well, I was close :)

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

I believe I read somewhere (sorry…forgot the source) that Wehrenberg wanted to keep and expand this theater, but the management company of the center would not allow them to purchase or lease extra space to do it…which is why Wehrenberg dropped this theater. Can anyone confirm this?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on October 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

The former General Cinema Northeast 4 Theatre, in Philadelphia, PA, also had this particular design when it opened as Cinema I & II in 1965.

oceantracks
oceantracks on September 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

Did “The Sting” “The Godfather” and Paper Moon" play here when the were first released? My fuzzy memory may be playing tricks in me….

oceantracks
oceantracks on September 4, 2013 at 3:33 am

Hey thanks…yeah I think i saw all of those at Sunset Hills…..also “Westworld” and “Papillion”……popular theater back then….so weird that everything seems to be gone now…..

dscheifler
dscheifler on February 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Needy and Kyle, the theater was at the top of the sloped parking lot on the west end of the shopping center. It faced west toward the parking lot, with the entrance approximately here: 38.55348,-90.413517

dscheifler
dscheifler on February 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Oceantracks, you’ve got a good memory. I remember seeing Paper Moon there as a kid with my family, along with most of the others you mentioned. I think “The Sting” ran for about a year.

optimist008
optimist008 on February 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Joe Vogel, Once again, many thanks for another informative back issue link. The great details that General Cinema took with it theaters still seems unmatched anywhere. I briefly worked for them in the mid 1970’s-Hartsdale, NY.

oceantracks
oceantracks on February 28, 2014 at 5:20 am

dscheifler….thanks yeah they were all memorable films to me so the whole evening still hangs around there in memory…..that theater was. A big one for me….so weird to think of so many places from our youth are now just memories…

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