Brookgate Movies

5837 Smith Road,
Brook Park, OH 44142

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This 5-plex was opened in 1976 by National Theatre Corporation, and later was taken over by Regal Cinemas after Regal took over National in the early 1990’s. Regal later closed the Brookgate, and it was soon taken over by Cleveland Cinemas (owner of the Cedar Lee, Tower City, and other local theatres.) Both Regal and Cleveland Cinemas had shown sub-run fare successfully for years at the Brookgate. The Brookgate Movies closed in 2002, and was demolished to make way for a Tops supermarket.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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dave-bronx™ on April 21, 2005 at 12:25 am

That’s amusing that it was demolished for a supermarket – before the theatre was there the space had been occupied by an A&P.

When “Jaws” was originally released it played here – 1 print – interlocked – on all five screens – with frequent problems – I remember that I was glad I wasn’t working there.

National Theatre Corp. was part of the Blair Mooney’s mini-empire – he had his chain of theatres, maybe about 10 houses. He also had Co-Operative Theatres of Ohio, Inc., a booking agency that at one time booked every theatre in N.E.Ohio including General Cinema and Loews. And he also owned Academy Advertising, and they did the ad campaigns for all the theatres and studios. Up until about the mid-70s, anybody in the film or theatre business wanting to play ball in Cleveland had to play ball with him, or you didn’t play…

hotspace1 on November 4, 2009 at 10:39 am

And now the Tops stands vacant for 3 years.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

July 16th, 1976 ad is at View link

Coate on March 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

<<< “When ‘Jaws’ was originally released it played here – 1 print – interlocked – on all five screens.” —– posted by dave-bronx on Apr 21, 2005 at 12:25am >>>

This theater did not exist in 1975 when “Jaws” was first released. Perhaps you’re thinking of “Jaws 2” in 1978?

TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Nice Grand Opening Ad. Mike Rivest,Loved the way the ad looked like film.Interlocked film the must have had platter machines,sounds like a nightmare to me.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

Yes, I think they are talking about “JAWS 2”,I never heard of Interlock when “JAWS” hit the screen first run.

Toby on August 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I think the first “Jaws” might have been reissued in 1977 or early 1978…this was an era where the VCR was first introduced, and was not that common in homes yet (they cost about $1200 in 1977 dollars.) The studios used to reissue their hit films the next year or two to theaters in order to make a little more money off of them…the first movie videotapes came out about 1978 or 1979, at about $100 or so each. Video stores started opening around that same time, renting these tapes for $3 or so a night.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

July 16th, 1976 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section.

dave-bronx™ on November 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Coate: Upon further research I stand corrected. The projectionist at the Mayland told me of some BIG film they played at the Brookgate interlocked on all 5 screens, I thought I recalled Jaws, but that wasn’t it. Whatever it was the volume of business was unexpected so they ran interlocked, probably unofficially, because if they were supposed to be on five screens they would have had 5 prints. Maybe Star Wars?

Coate on November 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

dave-bronx…. The original “Star Wars” played at Brookgate second run, so it’s almost certainly not the answer to the question of which big movie played interlocked on all five of the Brookgate’s screens.

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