Northwest Plaza Cinema

Northwest Plaza,
St. Louis, 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 in 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.

Contributed by Chris Utley

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fpisarkiewicz
fpisarkiewicz on February 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

I worked at NWP from ‘79 to '84 and it really was a treasure of a place. In fact, my wife and I had our first date there in '78 (The Big Fix with Richard Dreyfuss). My brother-in-law was one of the last managers there, and with his help was able to salvage two seats from the balcony (along with a wide armrest table with a floor light). And with much restoration (and a lot of gum to remove from underneath) I have a nicely-restored pair of seats that I believe are the very two from our first date. Ah the memories.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

GREAT STORY about the seats! Heh…my mother actually took me to a matinee of “The Big Fix” there when I was a kid. LOL!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I made an errors in this theatre’s info when I submitted it to CT years ago. 1. The city needs to be changed/updated to St. Ann, MO (instead of St. Louis). 2. The theatre opened as a single screener in 1969 (see JAlex’s post for more detailed info).

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on July 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thank you for the picture! I don’t care if it’s a little grainy…THAT is the Northwest Plaza Cinema I remember!!

fpisarkiewicz
fpisarkiewicz on July 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Yes – great photo there, Chris. Good to have. Funny story: you mentioned that it opened in ‘69, and while I was working there (in 1981) I had the pleasure of knowing the projectionists that worked there. One of them worked there the day it opened – 12 years earlier. Those guys -and they were all well over 60 years old – they had to walk ALL the way up those steps to get to the booth on the top level. Some were heavy smokers and so it was not unusual to see them sitting in an aisle seat – taking a rest – as they made their way up.

Friardb
Friardb on August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

when they torn down the old cinema i went up there and grabed 2 of the chairs. they used to recline out. i repainted them leaving the old gum in place..i use these chairs in my own movie basement

PrezGAR
PrezGAR on October 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

The first time I ever went to a movie by myself was there. The Empire Strikes Back. Not it’s inital theatrical run, but a 1982 re-release. I didnt want to see The Last Unicorn.

jmiller
jmiller on January 14, 2013 at 11:01 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 10:08 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 11:17 am

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

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