Westchester Mall Cinemas

White Plains, NY

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This opened around 1975. Located inside the mall, had a combination box office-concession stand right up front at the entry from the mall. It had the standard white formica candy stand and red carpeting.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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joemasher
joemasher on August 1, 2004 at 4:06 am

This was the Galleria Mall Cinema—located on the lower level of the White Plains Galleria.
The Westchester Mall Cinema was located in Mohegon Lake—and was torn down around 1995. UA operated it in its later years. It was quadded sometime in the late 70’s. The theatre was replaced with the UA Cortlandt Town Square Stadium 11.

fredS
fredS on August 1, 2004 at 10:55 am

it was never a ua theater always general cinema

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 7:48 pm

I see some confusion going on here from a year and a half ago. Joe Masher is correct — this entry should be renamed Galleria Mall. Yes, it was General Cinemas. Joe was referring to the Westchester Mall Cinema, which was in a free-standing building in the parking lot of the old Westchester Mall in Mohegan Lake, at the northern end of the county. That was a UA theater. The old mall was mostly torn down and expanded into the Cortlandt Town Center, and the former UA quad there was replaced with the current multiplex, which is incorporated into one of the mall buildings. To add to the confusion, the old Westchester Mall is not the same as the newer “The Westchester” mall, which <is> in White Plains, a few blocks from the Galleria, and much more upscale than the Westchester Mall ever was.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 7:52 pm

And now that I’ve checked, it appears there is indeed another entry under Galleria Mall Twin, and it is a General Cinema theater, and it says it opened and closed as a twin. So which Westchester Mall Cinema this refers to, I have no idea!

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 3, 2005 at 11:07 pm

I think Joe Masher is correct and I’m confused. I remember going here when I worked for GCC in the late 1970s, and it was fairly new, inside of a mall, not free-standing. The marquee in the mall had a 1-2-3-4 title board and the word ‘CINEMA’ in small letters, sideways, on the #1 section of the sign. I was visiting from the midwest and not familiar with the area, and I wasn’t the one driving so I didn’t know where the hell we were. Since I’ve been in NYC for a while now I thought “The Westchester” and “Westchester Mall” were one-and-the-same. To further complicate matters, a recently-found list of all of GCC’s theatres in 1983 lists Westchester Mall Cinema I-IV in Mohegon Lake, and White Plains Cinema I & II in White Plains. The exact addresses are not listed.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 4, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Aha! I think we’re getting closer to the truth. I may have been wrong about the Westchester Mall Cinema being a UA theater; I was probably thinking it was because the Jefferson Valley Mall Cinema, also on Route 6 further east, is a UA theater. So the quad in Mohegan Lake was a GCC theater, and so was the Galleria Mall Cinema. Now the only question is, was the Galleria Mall always a twin, or was it ever a quad? And if it was a twin, where the heck were you? It seems likely you were indeed in the Galleria, since I can’t think of any other inside-mall theaters, and I seem to recall that it was a quad. On the other hand, if the Galleria was a quad, where was the White Plains Cinema I & II?

spangler
spangler on December 28, 2005 at 6:28 pm

I believe the General Cinema’s I & II, not to mention III & IV, were located a few hundred yards apart on North Central Avenue in White Plains/Hartsdale – one on the north end of the present location of Bed Bath & Beyond, and the other at the far south end of the strip mall just to the south of the BB&B strip. I think the Galleria was always a twin – although its life was fairly short and I can’t be 100% certain that it didn’t have an overhall to 4 screens before being remodeled into additional retail space. In addition to these theatres (GCI-IV, the Pix, the Colony, the RKO and Lowes (not on CR), White Plains also had a UA theatre on North Broadway that I didn’t see listed. For MANY years, all have been gone. Just recently, historically speaking, our new City Center Mall opened with its multi-screen theater.

spangler
spangler on December 28, 2005 at 6:30 pm

My error, the UA in White Plains IS listed. In addition to the fitness club, there is/has also been a restaurant in the theater’s old location.

DouginNY
DouginNY on June 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

I worked at the GCC movie theater in the old westchester mall in Mohegan Lake in the mid 80’s and I know that from when I moved near there in 1976 until it was tore down early 90’s it was always a GCC

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