Ashley Landing Cinemas I, II, III
1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard,
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Opened in the early 1970’s in what was then known as Ashley Plaza Mall, Charleston, South Carolina’s first enclosed shopping mall, this cinema originally had two screens. One of the theaters was subdivided in the late 70’s/early 80’s to make two smaller screens bringing the total to three screens.
The ticket booth was freestanding and open on all sides. It was located about twenty feet in front of the cinema out in the mall. One had to climb a flight of approximately ten to fifteen steps behind the ticket booth to enter the theather. The concession stand was straight ahead and the lobby was also open to the mall and very small in comparison to today’s cinemas.
In 1981, General Cinemas opened a six screen theater approximately three miles away in the new, much larger Citadel Mall but kept the cinemas here open. In the mid to late 1980’s, little Ashley Plaza Mall could no longer compete with the much larger Citadel Mall. It was remodeled, renamed Ashley Landing and a portion of the mall was converted into a Burlington Coat Factory store. This marked the demise of the rechristened Ashley Landing Cinema I-III as one of the main mall access entrances was enclosed with the Burlington conversion.
The cinemas were converted briefly into a fitness center which quickly closed and then became a church, which it still remains today.
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