Chakeres Theatres Upper Valley Mall Cinema 5

1475 Upper Valley Pike,
Upper Valley Mall,
Springfield, OH 45504

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Chakeres Theatres Upper Valley Mall Cinema 5 opened as a single screen theatre.

Later twined the theatre was sold around 1985 or 1986 to Chakeres Theatres by General Cinema. Chakeres than added three more screens to the Upper Valley Mall Cinema I & II.

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SRCputt
SRCputt on January 18, 2005 at 5:33 pm

I went through some old Springfield News-Suns today for details on the opening of the Upper Valley Mall. The mall itself opened August 1, 1971. The new theater had an open house on August 1 and 2, showing short subjects to show off the place. The grand opening of the theater was Wednesday, August 4, 1971. The complex had two screens and the opening night features were Plaza Suite and Summer of ‘42.
According to an August 1 article in the News-Sun, the capacity of the complex was 1145. Since both theaters were the same size, that would mean capacity for each theater would be about 575. The article stated the designer of the theaters was William Riseman.
In the original design, when entering the theater the consession stand is stright ahead. When facing the stand, screen 1 was to the right and screen two to the left.
Screen 1 remains almost identical to what it was like when it originally opened. Screen 2 has now been subdivided into four houses, each seating about 100 to 150.
General Cinemas were the original owners of the theater. On September 6, 1977, the second screen was closed to split it in two. The last feature to play on the screen before being subdivided was Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. General Cinemas kept it as a 3 screen complex until it was sold to Chakeres. I will do further research and report at a later date.

RyanMinn1
RyanMinn1 on February 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

This theater has 889 seats total in the whole building. That’s house#1 has 390 house#2 has 121 house#3 has 147 house#4 has 116 house#5 has 115.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

Does the main auditorium have a shadow box screen?

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