Northwest Plaza Cinema

500 Northwest Plaza,
St. Ann, MO 63074

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Northwest Plaza Cinema

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Not to be confused with Wehrenberg’s Northwest 9 Cine, the GCC Northwest Cinema sat on a separate piece of property within the Northwest Plaza mall in St. Ann and opened June 25, 1969 as a single screen. It’s sister theatres the Grandview, Northland, Jamestown and Sunset Hills were all twin screens). Sometime during the 1970’s it was expanded to a four screen. When GCC pulled out of the St. Louis area and the mall was remodeled, the theatre was closed.

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jmiller
jmiller on January 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

That is super cool that there are two photos of this cinema! I so wish that I had photos of some of these great places myself. I first saw my favorite film here, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” I was so young that all I remember was that it was an incredible light show!

mrhineha
mrhineha on July 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

I remember going with my parents to see Star Wars (the original movie) in 1977. I also remember my friend worked there in the late 80’s before it closed and she gave me the button she wore to advertise the U2 movie “Rattle and Hum” (She went with me to see it after she was off for the day and she fell asleep)…I was a HUGE U2 fan. I know I saw other movies there, but these are the only two that I remember.

I also remember the bathrooms were in the basement of the building and the women’s room was fancy like the 1950s style with a long room full of mirrored dressing tables and individual stall doors. I was in awe when we went down there after the movie.

Coate
Coate on July 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

mrhineha: “Star Wars” did not play at this theater in its original release.

PrezGAR
PrezGAR on December 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Found an interesting fact about this theater in an old issue of Starlog Magazine. A sneak preview for the 1980 Flash Gordon movie was held there in August of that year, with producer Dino de Laurentis in attendance. The magazine can be read online here: https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-041

rivest266
rivest266 on February 28, 2016 at 2:35 am

June 25th, 1969 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

December 19th, 1974 grand opening ad as a twin also in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

April 9th, 1982 grand opening ad for its expansion to 4 screens in photo section.

fpisarkiewicz
fpisarkiewicz on March 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I remember working in the theatre back in early-April ‘82 in preparation for that 4-screen opening. I was home from college on Spring Break and my boss asked me and a group of guys to come in and help sweep up all the dust and wipe down all the seat backs, etc. What I remember most is being cornered by a couple of the Union workers while we were there. They tried to talk us out of being there. They felt we were putting them out of work by being there. I also remember giving them a puzzled look while I kept on with my $2.50/hr sweeping task. Times were tough, to be sure, for both the Unions and for the starving college students trying to make a few bucks whenever they could.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

November 17th, 1989 grand opening as 9-plex also in photo section.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on March 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm

The Northwest 9 Cine' ad was for the theatre inside the mall. It was not for the Northwest Cinema.

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