Great Lakes Stadium 16

7850 Mentor Avenue,
Mentor, OH 44060

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buckguy on March 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Even in the beginning, it was a plain forgettable theater.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Expansions-splitting * 1973 2 cinemas

  • 1978 5 cinemas

  • 1985 9 cinemas

  • 2004-2007 closed

  • 2007 16 cinemas

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

March 26th, 1969 grand opening ad is now in the photo section.

Bartstar on July 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I remember when this was a single screen theatre. When the movie “Airport” first opened it played here for over 3 months. My cousins and I took to calling it the “Airport” Cinema.

It was a large theatre, but the quoted “Parking for 3,000 cars” referred to the entire parking capacity of the lots at the Great Lakes Mall.

I was actually at the Great Lakes Mall a couple of weeks ago for the first time in over 20 years. Things certainly have changed. But everything seemed smaller, less grand and glamorous. I just know that the present theatres can’t hold a candle to the original theatre!

rlausche on August 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

The theater was around 1000 to 1200 seats when it was open. It was the only theatre in Lake County that had 70mm projection and 6 track stereo sound. The twining of it had its problems. But National theaters did remodeling and it was great to see movies there. Always very clean. And they did a great job when the new rooms where built.

Mentormotionpictures on July 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Dave-Bronx I am going to try to find out the answer to your question.(900 -1000 seats?). I saw “Grease” there the summer it came out. At that time it already was twinned.(1977?)

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

This opened with one screen on March 26th, 1969.
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buckguy on December 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Associated didn’t operate the Shore.

rlausche on September 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

This theater orginal owner was Associate Theater. They also owned the Fairview, Avon Lake, Lake (Euclid)Shore (Euclid) and the Midway Mall (Midway Mall). National Theater took over most of these theaters. The only one they didnot take over was the Lake and Shore. It is a nice theater now. But I find some of the screens are to small.

dave-bronx™ on February 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Chuck 1231: Do you know how many seats were in the original 1968 building – either as a single or a twin? I was never in there but from the size of the building it looked to be 900 to 1000 seats, yet their directory ads in the paper always said “Parking for 3000 cars”.

Mentormotionpictures on August 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm

I was an usher at the GLM Cinema back in 1985. I look forward to returning to my home town and visiting the 16 screen plex with my kids. Thanks Tim

Mark_L on August 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

All 16 screens have digital projection equipment. At least 1 can show 3-D.

moviefan03 on September 20, 2007 at 7:56 pm

I went to the newly remodled Great Lakes Cinema today. It looked like the original 9 theaters stayed in tact, but half the auditorium I was in was a stadium and the other half was orchrestra seating. I was disappointed in the fact that they only showed two previews at the movie I saw, plus the lobby seemed too bland. The movie I went to see was so awful, I have to give thanks to the management who refunded my money. But overall, it will be a nice place to see a movie.

moviefan03 on September 12, 2007 at 6:22 am

The theater has officially reopened. It is listed in the Plain Dealer as Great Lakes Stadium 16. I’ll have to plan on going out that way to see it.

frnchful on September 1, 2007 at 10:14 am

The theatre will now be reopening its doors in the fall of 2007 due to the enourmes addition done by atlas. It will now have stadium seating, a restaurant inside and 16 screens. It is said to be a big hit with it being by the mall and such. The theatre closed Jan. of 2004 and now will soon be making its debut!

sstan0330 on January 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm

the cinema has been under remodal seens dec., the outer walls are up sofar.

blausche on August 31, 2006 at 3:29 pm

I went by the mall enterance today. They have a sign up stating that all stadium seating cinema will be opening this fall. I will keep you updated

brustar on June 30, 2006 at 5:02 am

Drove by the cinema yesterday. Sure doesn’t look like anything has been done yet.

Mentormotionpictures on April 4, 2006 at 5:02 am

Dave nice images in your photobucket page of the huge movie houses in the early days of Cinema in Cleveland. I will find the prints and get them scanned and uploaded to you.

dave-bronx™ on April 4, 2006 at 1:25 am

Tim- I have a photobucket page with a number of theatres in Cleveland and elsewhere – – If you want to send me the photos I could set up a ‘Great Lakes Mall Cinema’ page and post a link here.

Mentormotionpictures on April 3, 2006 at 8:25 pm

Remodeling of the 5 plex upgrade. I was an usher at the time in the fall of 1984. Late that fall and early that Winter in 1985 I worked over time on the demolishion crew for the remodeling of the 5 plex. At that time National Theater Corporation upgraded screen #5 to play both 35mm and 70mm releases. “2010” was the our 1st 70mm print played on the new upgraded screen in the #5 auditorium. I know that for sure because Chuck our Manager asked me to assist the projectionist in the booth because the film continued to rip during the 1st few showings. I had to sit on the floor for the remainder of that opening show and hold a plastic roller in my fingers on a pencil to allow the film to twist at another angle to help releave the tension that was causing the film to tear. I have several frames from that print to this day. “Beverly Hills Cop” played for several weeks short of 6 months while I was an usher there. “Witness” that late fall played for over 4 months. “Ghost Busters” played for at least 5 months there. Unpresidented even for that time period. I have several of the original speakers from the single screen’s 1968 opening. Those dated 8ohm speakers play the sound tracks of todays trailers on my Super Simplex
35mm Projector in my basement. I was in Mentor several weeks ago to visit my parents and I drove past the cinema and couldn’t believe the place was closed. I have a number of photos from that time period. I would be happy to upload some of them when the web site allows us to. I hope it does open again. I would love to bring my kids there to see a movie. Thanks for the memories.

brustar on March 8, 2006 at 4:45 pm

Actually twinned in 1973. The first movie shown here was “Where Eagles Dare in 1968.”

blausche on February 5, 2006 at 2:20 pm

It was in the paper that this theater will be reopening sometime this summer. Atlas Cinemas will be reopening it. They will add 7 more screens to the theatre along with putting in all stadium seating. Atlas bought the land the theatre is on from Greatlakes mall and they got extra land to have more parking on. I was glad to hear this will be reopened.

blausche on October 29, 2005 at 3:58 pm

Correction, This theatre closed in January of 2004 after being operated by Atlas cinemas after Regal. In Januaryof 2004 Regal came into the property and said all the equipment was their".s Everything,(including seats) wwere taken out by Regal. They did not want the theatre open. (They just build a new theatre in Willoughby. Which was a few miles down the road.) The closing of this theatre lift the area by the mall with no cinema. I heard that Adlas wants to remodel and expand this theatre. Nothing has happen yet