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Jeff Arellano
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Ownings Mill in Baltimore opened in Sept 1999 according to a publication i found.

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John J. Fink
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I remebered the photos from the City North 14 and did some poking around - it also opened in December 1999. These two may have been the last General Cinemas. Anybody know of any that opened in 2000?

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Tom Mundell
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The Fenway 13 in Boston opened 2000 I believe.

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Ron Newman
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GCC Fenway 13 opened in June, 2000. The chain went bankrupt the following October, but AMC did not take over until March 2002.

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Scott D. Neff
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I just found some awesome GCC porn, erm, video of the Montclair, CA theatres.

Please watch until the end, I want to know more about their little Box Office info computer.

Perils of Cashiering - c 1986

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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SQUEEEEE! GCC Montclair Plaza 8 was frakkin' awesome back in the day.

Nice catch there,Scott.

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Jeff Arellano
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This is sad, the demolition of the GCC in Ft Worth that was abandoned for years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pngZU8VsMFo&feature=related

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Scott D. Neff
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Haha -- yeah -- I saw that too. I would like to have seen that building before it was remodelled if in fact it was built in 1978.

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John J. Fink
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 - posted June 01, 2010 01:17 PM      Profile for John J. Fink   Author's Homepage   Email John J. Fink         Edit/Delete Post 
The entrance to the theaters reminds me a bit of the entrance to the former GCC hybrid of eras complex now the Movieland 8 outside of Buffalo (formerly Thruway Plaza). We've got several old GCC plexes including the slightly remodeled Eastern Hills III (with Shadowbox), McKinnely Mall, Market Arcade and Movieland 8.

McKinnely is a virtually perfectly preserved late 80's era GCC and seems to do excellent business at its peak times (they split shows with a big Regal 18 down the street - and this weekend McKinnelly has the upperhand with Splice and Get Him to the Greek opening there and not at Regal). Prior to their sale to AMC I found a news article that indicated AMC was going to expand the theater by 8 screens to 14, which didn't happen.

Market Arcade is owned by the city of Buffalo and run by Dipson - it was also of this era except the lobby has been radically changed by the Reading Cinemas which ran it as an Angelika Film Center from 2000-2001 (it has a wood floor and chandeler, where as the rest of the plex is straight GCC.

Eastern Hills is a 70's era GCC which I assume has been remodeled, the upper levels aside from the carpet are pure GCC - Dipson did install new seats years back. Theater #3 has a shadowbox screen and they show art films (they also have a Regal 19 with IMAX down the street to compete with).

All of those are operated by Dipson Theaters, a great local chain. The other is Movieland 8/Thurway Plaza 8 which is an independent, and I believe it was expanded from a single screen, split to 3 and GCC added 8 before they took over Walden Galloria (12) which is right across the highway from this theater. GCC closed Thruway Plaza and AMC closed Walden (later it was reopened and closed in favor of a brand new 16-plex by Regal).

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
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Out here in the Philadelphia area, the former GCC Northeast 4 Theatre (aka "Cinema I & II") has been converted into a Social Security office.

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Mark Campbell
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Here in the Seattle area all that remains:

• Pacific Place 11 (downtown Seattle, modern stadium plex operated by AMC)
• Gateway 8 (Federal Way, late 80's plex, run as discount house b y Starplex)
• King Theater (now a live venue)
(I will not count the Seattle Cinerama as Paul Allen owns and remodeled it and GCC just managed it).

Closed:
• Renton Village 8 (closed by AMC recently)
• Everett Mall I-III (vacant)
• Lincoln Plaza 8 (Tacoma, now a gym?)

Demolished:
• Aurora I-III
• Overlake I-III
• Villa Plaza I-III
• Renton Village I-III (made way for RV 8 in late '80's)
• Everett Mall IV-VIII

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Dan Roben
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There's one you missed, Mark. The Kitsap Mall 8 (I think there are 8 screens), now operated by AMC, was built around the same time as the now closed Renton Village 8. I haven't been there since AMC took it over, so I don't know if AMC has taken away the unique "GCC-ness" look and feel.

Also, as a side note, the King was operated by GCC for most of its life as a cinema, but it was originally built and operated by Walter Reade Theaters out of New York City. The only change GCC made when they reopened the King was to remodel the snack bar in the classic General Cinema style.

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Mark Campbell
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Sorry Dan, forgot about that one. Don't get out to the peninsula much. I never went into the Renton Village after AMC took over but seeing it from the outside they did replace all exterior signage with the big AMC logos. I imagine not much changed inside, like the Avco in LA or the Beverly Connection before it closed.

Aside: Not getting email updates on this thread. Anyone having the same problem?

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Scott Clayton
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General Cinema Locations Minnesota

Bloomington: Minnesota
General Cinema Mall Of America 14: Bloomington, Minnesota (Open) Mall Now Operates It.

Bloomington: Minnesota
Southtown Cinema II
Hwy 494 & France Ave. Southtown Mall. Now Shopping Center. (Demolished).

Edina: Minnesota
Centennial Lakes Cinema 8: Edina. (Demolished) Now Open New Amc 16 Southdale Center, Edina.

Burnsville: Minnesota
Burnhaven Cinema 8: Outside Burnsville Center: (Demolished)
Now Open: New Burnsville Cinemagic Atlantis 15 with SXHD. Outside Burnsville Center.

Blaine: Minnesota
Northtown Cinema 4: Coon Rapids: (Shopping Center)

St Louis Park: Minnesota
Shelard Park Cinema 5: 9900 Shelard Parkway, St Louis Park: (Demolished).

St Paul: Minneosta
Old Har Mar 1-4. 4-11. Closed. ((Demolished).
Now Open: New AMC 14, Roseville Center 14.

Brooklyn Center: Minnesota
Brooklyn Center: Brookdale East Cinema 1-4

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Scott D. Neff
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I found a list of all the GCC locations that were left when they were for sale... I'll post it later when I get a chance, it probably duplicates an earlier listing but it makes me giddy because the list includes their internal theatre numbers. [Smile]

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