Todd Mart Cinema I & II

Todd Mart Shopping Center,
South Winton Road,
Henrietta, NY 14467

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This theatre in the Henrietta section of Rochester opened in late 1971 as a “butterfly” twin (what GCC called a back-to-back twin with the lobby in the middle – the layout on the blueprints looked like a butterfly). This one had about 600 seats in each auditorium. Again, the standard Riseman treatment, but the lobby here was only one and a half stories high. It had these unusual 4'x4' inverted pyramid-shaped ceiling panels that were kind of interesting, and a Habitat Dome-Sphere chandelier hanging in the middle of the lobby near the entrance.

As I recall there was no marquee, only the serif-style ‘Cinema I & II’ letters, in white instead of red, mounted on a dark wood plank paneled facade, though a pylon may have been installed later. When I was there in January 1972 it had just opened a few weeks before, and the opening manager was from the nearby closed-for-the-season Empire Drive-In.

I don’t know if it was later divided or still open under a different name or if it is closed and when.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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falloutboy73 on March 10, 2005 at 5:59 pm

The Todd mart is closed. I’m not sure of the exact year, but I think it closed sometime in the late 80’s. I went there many times as a child in the late 70’s , early 80’s. All of the “twin” size theaters closed one by one when the new stadium theaters started showing up in the early 90’s.

dave-bronx™ on March 28, 2006 at 1:38 am

The Todd Mart Cinema was part of Genreal Cinemas Buffalo Division – Pat Corey was the Division Manager.

dave-bronx™ on January 1, 2009 at 12:45 am

Do any of our Rochester friends remember back to about 1971, in the downtown Rochester area, there was a high-rise Holiday Inn right next to a river and a draw bridge. Among the amenities of the hotel was a mini-mall located off the hotel lobby. In that mini-mall there was a 2 screen cinema. If anybody knows if it is listed here on CT please let me know, I don’t remember the name of it. I stayed in the hotel, but business kept me occupied during the hours that the theatre was open, so I never got to check it out.

DavidCoppola on January 11, 2010 at 8:17 am

Dave, I believe it was called the “Holiday-Cine”. I, too, remember it.
I never saw a film there, but I remember the sign.
It late became a comic club. Now I don’t know what it is.

I vividly remeber seeing “Mother,Jugs, and Speed” advertised as playing there. That was released in 1976, so it was there at that date.

Hope that helps!

dhroc on June 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

The Holiday Cine was operated by Martina Theatres. They were always suing Loew’s and JoMor Theatres for unfair competition. They ran older downtown theatres and a couple of suburban houses.

The Holiday was the site of a stabbing or two and the theatre didn’t last long; only two or three years. It went from first run to ‘blaxploitation pics pretty quickly.

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