Florence Cinemas

7685 Florence Mall Road,
Florence, KY 41042

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The Florence Cinemas opened in 1976 by National Amusements. It features eight screens with stereo sound in each auditorium and staggered setaing with cup holders in the arm rests. Very plain in design. It looks like a box style building was built in front of the auditoriums with a small lobby. There is a large overhang above the entrance with flat attraction panels. The theatre is in good shape and well maintained but could use a remodel to bring it up to date.

The Florence Cinemas was closed by National Amusements in September 2008, when the Showcase Cinemas de Lux opened.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on July 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

National Amusements may not be such a stickler on their reuse policy as rumor has it they need to sell off as much of their stuff as quickly as possible.

MrDJDude on July 30, 2009 at 4:36 am

Maybe so, Mike, but trying to run a theater here would be suicide – the Cinema de Lux would kill any competitor that tried. Not a feasible or logical idea.

Oldscholar on November 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I used to be a projectionist at this theater in the early 80’s. It was sold to Loews Cinemas prior to being acquired by National Amusements. The theater was built as a 6-plex. Was expanded to 9 screens in 1979. Was never an 8 screen. Large theater; smallest auditorium held about 335, with the largest at nearly 800. Used to have projectors for 4 auditoriums on two platforms in the lobby. They were “walled in” in the mid 80’s. Kinda gave the place a unique atmosphere. Had to fight through Christmas crowds to get from platform to platform for reel changes!

Oldscholar on November 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Actual seating was nearly 4500. Had to help scrub them all with scrub brushes every June!

Cinema De Luxe has been sold to Rave Motion Pictures. Don’t know what affect that would have on anyone wanting to purchase the property. It looks as if National Amusements simply walked away from it. Soda dispensers are still in the concession stand. I wouldn’t be surprised if the projection equipment, outdated as it was, is still inside the building.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Sorta sounds cheap and tacky instead of “unique”,but what the heck,by that time theatre chains could have really cared less.

Mark_L on November 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

The projectors in the lobby was sort of a trademark with these Mid-States theatres in the mid-70’s. Smoking was permitted in lobbies then, and those projectors were true dust magnets. (The one in Columbus even ran 70mm from one of these lobby projectors.)I’m wondering how many of these open platform theatres there were? I know for certain of the Continent in Columbus, and I think one of the Dayton places had these, too. I’d love to hear from any ex-Mid-State folks if they are aware of any other open platform theatres.

Oldscholar on November 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Mid-States had a theater in Milford, OH that was called the “275-East.” If I recall correctly, it was a 4-plex and basically a duplicate of the center 4 houses at Florence. All four houses had the projectors in the lobby. Florence also ran a few 70mm on one of the lobby projectors. We had 2 projectors per house at the time but when they put in a platter system for the 70mm it was really tight. Thank God it was only temporary and I was skinny then.
I know they had several more with projectors in the lobby but I’m not sure where they were, though I believe one or two theaters in Louisville had lobby platforms. My cousin worked with me and did projector maintenance for Mid-States. I’ll check with him to see if he can pinpoint an others with lobby platforms.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

really wild, learn something everyday.hope your Projectionist didn’t cuss as much as mine did,guess the kids would hear it!LOL.

TerryBear on April 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Mid-States operated Beaver Valley Cinema 6 in Dayton suburb. Complex also had open lobby platform projector systems for the four center theaters. The two end auditoriums were the largest and at least one had 35/70 capability. A re-release of “Sleeping Beauty” was screened there in 70mm. The building still stands today and is in good shape. Has been operated as a discount house unsuccessfully at least twice. Regal and Rave are the dominant first-run operators in the area. DanBarry operates the two discount megaplexes in the area.

mrblueshoes81 on April 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

As of April 2013, this theater has been razed to make place for a new Kroger Marketplace.

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