7125-7219 E. Main Street,
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The Tee-Bar-Tee Theatre was opened June 18, 1948. It was renamed Kiva Theatre on October 17, 1955. Steven Spielberg attended Saturday morning matinees at this movie house growing up in Scottsdale in the 1950’s, which included old serials from the 1930’s and 1940’s such as ‘Tailspin Tommy’ and the ‘Masked Marvel’. These old serials that Spielberg watched at the Kiva Theatre as a boy would later greatly inspire his “Indiana Jones” trilogy.
The Kiva Theatre became an adult theatre from 1972-1993. The city applied pressure to have it closed and it was made available for someone to come along and operate it as a classic movie theatre, but there was no interest. It was gutted and is now a mini-mall, with most of the facade still in place.
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