South County Cinema

South County Centerway,
St. Louis, MO 63129

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Google Maps might stop putting the pin icon in Lebanon, Mo, which looks to be about 70 miles from St. Louis, if South County Centerway, St. Louis, MO 63129 is put into the address field. I don’t know the actual address of the theater, but that was apparently the name of the short road that lead to it.

Heidi_9784
Heidi_9784 on September 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

I worked there from 1976 to 1979. Had a great time, especially after hours!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

Quite possibly; Firefox tends to slow down on my Mac the longer I have been in it. I think it builds a bigger cache of stored previous pages than some other browsers, As soon as I notice the slowdown, I shut it down an reopen it; that seems to help.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

Actually, Needy, my last post should have said Wehrenberg bought out the remaining GCC theaters IN ST. LOUIS in 1990. There were still GCC theaters in other parts of the country, as I discovered when I moved to Southern California in 1991.

Also, I apologize for my poor spelling in my original post. This editor started acting strange by not scrolling down once I came to the bottom of the box. I’m using the Firefox browser…could that have something to do with that happening?

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 9, 2010 at 5:38 am

Needy: You are correct, Wehrenberg bought out the remaining GCC theaters back in 1990 (I think). However, that was before GCC officially went out of business. When that happened, AMC acquired the remaining GCC theaters in the rest of the country.

Needy
Needy on October 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Also, I believe it was Wehrenberg that bought out GCC in StL

Needy
Needy on October 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I think AMC would definitely move in this area. There are no AMC theaters in South county anyway (or at least that part of SoCo). It would greatly help if they built screens that were attached to the mall. Great idea. And yes, this is very underscreened.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I suppose that another chain might want to go head-to-head with the Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 by building a megaplex closer to South County Mall; after all, the AMC operation competes with Wehrenberg’s Galaxy in Chesterfield. Except for the discount Keller 8, the area does seem underscreened. However, South County may not be seen as econonmically attractive. I do not think that there is any doubt that AMC will eventually close its Crestwood theaters, and that in time the whole Crestwood Plaza will be redeveloped just as the Jamestown Mall will be soon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I drank a lot of Lotta Lemon in my days at GCC.Wish we would had COKE.

garydmoll
garydmoll on June 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Sorry JAlex, you are mistaken. The CVS is located where the 905 store once stood, later replaced by a Western Auto. Pollo Loco is where the McDonald’s was once located. Then the outlot where Macaroni Grill was located.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

For those posters on here who worked at South County Cinema…or any other GCC theater for that matter, check out this video from YouTube (no, I didn’t post it). I originally found out about this from a post in the “General Cinema Locations” thread on cinematour.com…it’s a training video for ticketing cashiers for GCC’s Montclair Plaza Cinema in Montclair, CA. Enjoy!!

View link

swtaysun
swtaysun on March 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

When the South County Cinema was a wonderful one screen showplace in 1975 it was one of the lucky places to play “Jaws” that summer to packed houses. I recall the shark teeth on the marquee and the “Jaws” wording in between – wish someone would post a picture!

Sensurround was introduced in St. Louis at the South County for “Earthquake” in 1974 and it was so loud the first weekend that the Exit lights blinked which made several patrons understandably nervous. The Sensurround gadget took out the last two rows of seats on the left and right sides.

In 1977 when the South County was split in two, the theatre lost its simple lustre and was no longer the fun place it had been. When Sensurround returned in 1977 for “Rollercoaster” the patrons in the unfortunate other part of the theatre that was seeing “The Rescuers” got a full blast of Sensurround whenever the rumble scenes of “Rollercoaster” would take place.

When it was a single screen place, the screen itself had a magical blue glow in between shows that was Perfect for “Jaws” and other films.

“The Andromeda Strain” in 1971 and “Midway” in Sensurround in 1976 were two memorable attractions at the South County.

The first weekend of “Jaws” the crowds went completely around the South County theatre. The modern blockbuster film phenomenon was born. “Jaws” played at the South County from June all the way through September of 1975.

The single screen South County Cinema was, in its own way, a St. Louis theatre paradise.

garydmoll
garydmoll on October 18, 2009 at 5:36 am

I have been reminded that Terri Schwartz was working at South County during the Funny Girl run.
Chuck1231: If you call the USBank at South County and ask to speak with Walter Schmittgens, he can confirm the exact location of the Cinema in relation to the bank. He has worked at that location since South County Bank opened in November 1963 and knows the lay of the land.

Needy
Needy on April 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

I believe everyone except Chuck1231. He’s wrong on every post he’s made about every single theater. Chuck, please go through your old posts and edit them. Every user has pointed out to the fact that you’re wrong about everything

garydmoll
garydmoll on March 5, 2009 at 4:45 am

After a little brain strain, I have come up with these additional employees from the early years: Mike Vujnich, Mike “Mouse” Montana, Ron Hoffman, Linda Bridges, Lynn Kohl, Rose Weaver and daughter Dawn Weaver, Mike Wagner, Gloria Overturf, Lynn Snitzer, Laurie Rolfes, Sherry Schuhwerk, Christa Moll, Walter Appelbaum, Carol Hoppe.

garydmoll
garydmoll on February 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I opened this theatre in 1966. Wilton J Colonna was the Manager and Laurabel Finley was the Assistant. Colonna came from the Manchester Drive-In and Laurabel was from the Airway Drive-in and Manchester.
Actual seat count was closer to 909.
This was General Cinema unit #509.
Some of the original guys were Dan Schuhwerk, Tom Hubbard, Gary Moll, Joe Voyles. The gals with the sweets were Andrea Jo Frenz, Connie Holzum, Pat Holzum, Linda Weismiller, Bonnie Schaefer, Vickie D'Alessandro, Janet Johannes. I will strain my brain and come up with another 25 early employees.
South County Bank opened in 1963 on the site of the USBank, right next door.
The Texaco station was behind the theatre on top of the hill, later a donut shop and an optical shop, and a McDonald’s was built up there.
I worked there 1966 to 1969, with a break of 5 months in there.
-gary

craig111
craig111 on February 24, 2009 at 3:05 am

The bank is where it always was.Used to make deposits from cinema.Macaroni grill is where the cinema was.

craig111
craig111 on February 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Anybody from circa 1967-1980. Good times were had by all!

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 26, 2008 at 9:18 am

Correction: They are no longer involved with the Neiman Marcus Group.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 26, 2008 at 8:47 am

General Cinema sold the Pepsi operations long before they went bankrupt. The proceeds of the Pepsi sale is what they used to buy Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. They had been in the restaurant business back in the 60s, owning Richards Drive-In, Peter Pan Snack Shops and Amy Joy Donut shops (Amy Joy is Richard A. Smith’s daughter). They also had the food operations in the various bowling alleys that they owned. Today, all they (the Smith family) are involved in is the Nieman Marcus-Bergdorf Goodman stores and a small asset management firm.

markp
markp on May 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Looks close to the one we had here in New Jersey, the Menlo Park. Twinned in Sept 1976, it too did great business up till about 1989. Then the mall across the street was being renovated and a 12 screen Cineplex Odeon put us out of business. Ours was demolished in early 1992 for a Macoroni Grill. Ahh, those old GCC twins. They were the best.

JAlex
JAlex on May 14, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Theatre division into 2-screens occurred in late 1976.

Needy
Needy on December 16, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Why is there a Texaco sign? Was there one behind it? I thought it was right along the edge of Lemay Ferry?

Did this theater close in 1987? When exactly did this close? Anyone know what the last movies were that were shown?

JAlex
JAlex on May 5, 2007 at 4:15 am

Theatre opened November 23, 1966 (the same day as the Northland) with “The Liquidator.”

When plans were announced to built the theatre in 1964, the architect listed was Maurice Sornik. However, when the theatre was under construction the architect mentioned was Kenneth Balk.

Initial seating capacity (as a single screen venue) was 1000.