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David Wodeyla
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 - posted July 06, 2004 12:52 PM      Profile for David Wodeyla   Author's Homepage   Email David Wodeyla         Edit/Delete Post 
I think the first twin in New England was the Cinema Shoppers World Framingham, opening in 1964. The original Cinema opened in October 1951, and was the first shopping center Cinema. Some folks might remember the white shadow box bathed in blue lights, and white seatbacks, which were very unusual and took some getting used to. When they added the second screen the original seatbacks in the old Cinema were painted white to match. The original turquoise walls and carpeting were changed to the familiar GCC white walls with red carpeting.

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Jim Perry
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 - posted July 11, 2004 03:51 PM      Profile for Jim Perry   Email Jim Perry         Edit/Delete Post 
Hi.
I'm a native of Las Vegas and wanted to put in a bit of info about the Red Rock.
It opened up as a single screen sometime in either 1966 or '67. 3 screens were added in, I believe, 1971, on the right side of the original auditorium, 2 more added on the left side in '72 (one was called the Continental & the other was the Americana), and the final 5 were added in '73, also on the left side.
Nice thing about all this - the original theatre was left intact & not divided
up ! When the theatre became an 11 screener, it was advertisted as "The World's Largest Mutiplex".
Also thought I would add:
The 2nd multiplex to arrive in Vegas was the Cinemas 1-2-3 which opened in 1972 & was located at Fremont Street & Las Vegas Blvd. downtown - now the location of the Neonopolis 14.
To Richard A. Stegman Jr.:
The new Red Rock Station Hotel/Casino/Mutiplex is not being built on the old site but several miles west -
over by West Charleston & I-215 - signs are posted at that intersection.

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Ron Newman
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To whoever posted the General Cinema list from 1970: I notice that Fresh Pond (Cambridge, Massachusetts) was not on the list. Was it originally a single-screen GCC, or did it open later than 1970?

(In the late 1970s, it was a two-screen GCC, then it closed for a number of years, reopened as an Entertainment Cinemas 10-plex, and remains open today as a Loews 10-plex)

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