Columbia City 3 Cinema

10205 Wincopin Circle,
Columbia, MD 21044

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Columbia General Cinemas I-III

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Built in 1972 as two screens seating 1,000 (600 & 400), it was operated by General Cinemas – the Baltimore division manager was located there. The Columbia City II was opened May 23, 1973 with “Hitler:The Last Ten Days”. A third auditorium was added October 22, 1982 by dividing the larger auditorium. It finally closed as a 3-screen cinema in October 2000 and was demolished in fall of 2001.

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 10, 2004 at 5:12 pm

This needs to be listed under General Cinema, who operated it for its entire run…….

rob97dc
rob97dc on November 29, 2004 at 11:23 am

This was a General Cinema 3 screen when it closed around 2000. Demolished to make room for a senior citizen high rise complex.

JoeLinville
JoeLinville on September 6, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Please..This theatre opened as a 2 screen twin theatre, and had the larger of the auditoriums split thus creating a 3 screen tri-plex, as it remained until it’s dying day in 2000. It never had 7 screens.
I was a manager for GCC in the Baltimore/Virginia division area when it opened, and during most of it’s lifetime (I retired at the end of 1998) and know the facts first hand.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Mr. Pipe – Mr. Bispeck, the DM in Baltimore, was previously the manager at the Parmatown Cinema in Cleveland, he left us in the summer of 1972. His first office there in Baltimore was at the Security Sq. Cinema, then shortly after moved over to Columbia City.

JoeLinville
JoeLinville on July 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Dave-Bronx…Bernie Bispeck became the DM in 1972 following the resignation of Ed Dineen (who as we know eventually returned as a RVP). At that time, the division office was located at the Perring Plaza Cinema in Baltimore County. When the Columbia City Cinemas opened, he moved the division office there. He was removed as DM shortly afterwards, and was replace by the late Walter Miles. He was then assigned as manager of the Security Square Mall Cinemas (a twin at the time, located inside the mall). He never got over being removed, claiming he was returning to manager as “semi-retirement”! Eventually, he moved to Florida with GCC, with his first stop being Fashion Square, and ending at a slow twin theatre, I think was called Seminole.

With all due respect to your knowledge of GCC, the above is correct as I lived it first hand during my early years with GCC in Baltimore.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Hate to have worked in a theatre with the DM there.

Holden_Pike
Holden_Pike on August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Don’t know where Chuck is getting his info from, but it definitely was NEVER a seven screen cinema. If you’d ever been there, you know it was barely big enough for three screens.

In early 2000 the cinema tried one last attempt to stay alive by turning into an arthouse, playing smaller indie and foreign flicks. It didn’t last, and the Columbia Cinema closed shortly thereafter. The last movie I ever saw there was Kenneth Branagh’s LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST in the summer of 2000.

When it opened in the 1970s, the General Cinema was the only movie theater in Columbia. The Columbia Palace 9 opened in 1986, sucking away what little business the downtown theater was still doing. In 1997, the United Artists Snowden Square 14 siphoned off the business from both the Columbia III and Palace 9, with the original Columbia movie theater closing in 2000 and Palace 9 in 2001.

LouRugani
LouRugani on August 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The architect was Marks & Cooke of Towson, Maryland. Combined seating was listed at 1,000.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm

This opened on May 23rd, 1973. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

3 screens on October 22nd, 1982. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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