Eastland 5 Theatres
2504 E. Workman Avenue,
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Previous Names: Eastland Theatre
The Eastland Theatre opened by Sanborn Theatres on November 15, 1961 with John Wayne in “The Comancheros”. It was tripled on February 20, 1976. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s this was the place to go, if you wanted to see a new release in 70mm. Screens 1, 2, and 3 were all equipped to screen 6 track Dolby stereo, 70mm films. Three large auditoriums with giant clean screens and good Dolby sound. On June 19, 1981 it became a five-screen complex. I do remember one auditorium, it might have been theater 5, it was so small, that were you walked into it, you felt like you were inside a closet with a screen.
In the 1980’s when most of the new releases would come out in 70mm, most of the time, the Eastland would present them in 70mm. Films that I saw there in 70mm included “Close Encounters”, “Tron”, “Die Hard”, and one of the many re-releases of “Star Wars”.
The Eastland was demolished in February 2006.
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