GCC Northeast 4

Roosevelt Boulevard and Welsh Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19115

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The Cinema I & II Theatre was opened in 1955 by General Cinema Corperation. This theatre was built with two screens of 1,000 seats each with a lobby built in-between the two theatres.

In 1974, Cinema II was twinned, creating Cinema I-II-III Theatre. In 1975 the name was changed to GCC Northeast 3 Theatres. In 1976, the original Cinema I was twinned, thus creating the GCC Northeast 4 Theatre.

In 2002, General Cinema Corp. passed into history, when they were acquired by AMC Theatres. The GCC Northeast 4 was closed in 2000. On May 1, 2004 the Northeast 4 building was badly damaged by fire.

It 2008, the building was being rehabilitated to be used as government offices.

Some of today’s great movies played there, including: “Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of the Jedi”, “Network”, and “Born On the Forth Of July”, to name a few.

Contributed by Michael R. Rambo Jr.

Recent comments (view all 62 comments)

TheaterBuff1 on May 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm

As “available space” goes, is it still a burnt out shell looking like it’s on the brink of collapse? Or did they clean it up some?

Eddiej1984 on May 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm

It looks ok from when I see it on the bus (route 14).

TheaterBuff1 on May 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Eddie Jacobs, are we to understand that you might have interests in acquiring that available space that was part of the GCC Northeast and remake it a movie theater once more? If so, I think that’s great news, and I wish you all the best with you’re endeavor! Let us know how it progresses!

Eddiej1984 on May 23, 2008 at 9:15 pm

No understaning on that, someone with the money can do that, lol

TheaterBuff1 on May 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Eddie Jacobs, if you can make sense of the current politics governing Northeast Philadelphia, enough so as to bypass its corruption, raising the money needed to restore that available space as a neighborhood theater once more shouldn’t be a problem. Er, unless in addition to that money you’d also have to come up with other money to pay off certain shady people regularly, in which case no matter how much money you raise would be sufficient. But if you know how to cut through all that crap, you certainly would grab the market of what right now is a huge void — most especially now that the AMC Orleans is [ahem] gone.

kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 11:21 am

I saw Paul Newman in “The Verdict” at this theater in 1982. Rest in peace.

qpat00 on December 29, 2008 at 6:38 am

in the 80’s and early 90’s we used to go to the GCC at blue star shopping center in berkeley heights, NJ on route 22. The theatre was always packed, i think they had 4 or 5 screens. Big front foyer with tall glass, quadruple ticket booth outside. good movies had lines of people across the access road that went to back of the building and stretched donw the sidewalk fronting other mall stores. In the 90’s they had promotions of ticket books where you pay $25 and got maybe 10 tickets for the movies. (i think that was the cost) that worked out to about half price. i think movies were $5 in the mid 90’s. i went there all the time, more often then the westfield or cranford cinemas.

In mid 90’s it just suddenly disappeared, i always wondered what happened, because there was no competition around for quite many miles. It was suddenly renovated into additional stores for the mall.

rockerreds on April 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I grew up four blocks from the site of The GCC Northeast.It opened in 1965,not 1955.I saw many great films(e.g.,Chinatown)there and a few bad ones too.I lived in the area until May 1982 and probably saw my last film there in the early 90s(my mother still lived near there).I was quite saddened whem I read of its closing in a Daily news article-lots of great memories there.

TheALAN on December 30, 2013 at 2:32 am

TheaterBluff1: It seems that every comment you post has to have a political spin. Boring! Let’s get back to movie theaters and let’s skip your personal views on politics!

TheALAN on December 30, 2013 at 3:04 am

GCC Northeast closed in 2000. On May 1, 2004 the theater building was badly damaged by fire. After extensive rehabilitation in 2008, the Social Security Administration opened offices on one side of the building. Star Career Academy now occupies the other side of the building.

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