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Chuck Cook

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From: Kentwood, MI
Registered: Apr 2003

 - posted May 10, 2004 11:46 PM      Profile for Chuck Cook   Email Chuck Cook         Edit/Delete Post 
You can now add the Showcase Sterling Heights near Detroit as closed. The 15-screener closed a few weeks ago.

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Roger Katz

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From: Thomaston, CT
Registered: Feb 2003

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Joe Redifer wrote:

Roger Katz wrote:
My favorite cinemas are the abandoned ones.

May I ask why? Personally, I prefer cinemas that show movies. You'd be amazed at how much more entertaining they are. Unless you want to loot the place or something, which is always fun.

I don't have much interest in movies 99% of the time. Only a select few movies entertain me, usually the ones that most people haven't heard of. I am far more interested in the building than what goes on inside of it. A closed movie theatre always excites me because it is like a treasure chest with unknown mysteries awaiting inside, and, yes, looting them is fun when there are things worth looting remaining. The open ones bore me unless they are very unique.

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Norman Plant
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From: St Louis, MO
Registered: Mar 2003

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The Halls Ferry 14 is indeed still standing with a large "For Sale" sign on it. I'm sure that it is by far the largest abandon one in St Louis.

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Richard A Stegman Jr

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From: Calimesa,CA
Registered: Jun 2003

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Jeff,i think the old UA 6 in Montclair,CA is a church or maybe it was demolished.

I left out three theatres,that i know of:
Upland-Mann Mountain Green 4(later an Edwards)
Upland 8(A Kirkorian first,then an Edwards,then an indie before closing)
Rancno Cucamonga-Edwards Rancho Cucmonga 6(thier nighbor across the street,the Terra Vista 6,was an Edwards,now it's an indie house)

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Dan Akers
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From: St. Louis, MO
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Thanks I don't have to drive by there! LOL!

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

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If anybody were to be adventurous enough to get leasing information on some of the abandoned plexes in Southern California, I could possibly call their agent and see if they'd be willing to let us take photos to post on the "Theatres for Lease/Sale" forum.

Especially the ones that are going to get torn down soon. [Cool]

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David Morrison
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From: Los Angeles, CA
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The old Mission Oaks 11 / United Artists Theatres / UA Camarillo 11 / Camarillo 11 / United Artists Camarillo 11 still sits idle, closed for about 8 years now. Asking price is $4 million and change.

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Ron Newman

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From: Somerville, MA
Registered: Jan 2005

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Loews Copley Place (11 screens) in Boston closed three weeks ago today.

But it's not going to sit empty very long. It's being gutted and remodeled so it can become a Barneys New York clothing store.

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Jim Ziegler
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From: Fresno, CA
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A closed movie theatre always excites me because it is like a treasure chest with unknown mysteries awaiting inside, and, yes, looting them is fun when there are things worth looting remaining. The open ones bore me unless they are very unique.
You could always loot an open one.. [Smile]

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Jim Perry
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Registered: Jun 2004

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Jim Perry in Vegas here with an update on Scott D. Neff's Sept. 20 '03 post:
The Century Desert 16 was demolished several months ago to make way for a new
Jr. High (nee: Middle) school. And yes Scott, you are correct: the site was the former Desert 5 drive in (Sidebar here:
after a couple of jobs running 16mm movies, I "graduated" to 35mm at this place - worked there for about 3 months in '82 until the manager tried to "upgrade" me to assistant mgr.{out of the booth & into the snack bar - I refused & quit on the spot}).

The "old" Century Rancho Santa Fe multiplex closed down a couple of months ago, replaced by a new one
(16 screens - not sure if the other one had the same number) located across the street at the Santa Fe Station casino. The old one (located in a shopping center) is still standing, as of this writing.

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Bill Gabel

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From: New York, NY
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In Times Square there is the old Mayfair Theatre (#24564). Which was later called the DeMille and later called the Mark and finally called the Embassy 2-3-4. When it closed back in 1998 it was called the Embassy 1-2-3 Theatre. Its been sitting there with everything else growing around it.

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John Robert

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From: Addison, TX
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To my knowledge, the West End 10 in Dallas is still closed and hasn't been re-used for anything yet. I haven't been in that complex in a while--it only was about 1/2 leased in the lower parts of the building to retail and fast-food places...even the multi-club Dallas Alley downstairs is gone, and another vacancy down there is the fault of Planet Hollywood's bankruptcy.

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Scott D. Neff
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When I went to Tampa earlier this year I was treated to the sight of a closed Cobb Hollywood 18 that was a victim of the Regal buyout of Cobb. Less than 5 miles away is another Regal location at a mall, so the Cobb just sits abandoned.

It really is humbling to drive into a parking lot that was designed to be packed on a Saturday night, and find nothing but crickets and weeds.

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Mike Rivest

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From: Montreal,QC
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scott, that cinema in Tampa closed in 2000, an google search reveals that there are plans to convert this building to a school.
you can see the fence around the property with google earth.

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Jeff Arellano
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From: Monterey Park, CA
Registered: Jun 2003

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Scott and Mike, if this is the Hollywood 20 you are talking about, then its going to be torn down soon.

Kohl's to build store on Hollywood 20 site

The theater on Van Dyke Road will be razed to make way for Kohl's arrival in Tampa Bay.

Published December 2, 2005

LUTZ - The empty Hollywood 20 theater, which showed movies for only three years before closing, is to be demolished and replaced with a Kohl's department store.

Kohl's, based in Wisconsin, is one of the nation's fastest-growing apparel merchants, offering moderately priced clothing in settings similar to the Bealls stores.

Early this year not a single Kohl's was in Florida. But in recent months, it has opened seven stores in the Orlando region and three in greater Jacksonville. The chain has 732 stores and is expanding by 95 a year.

Tampa Bay may be next. In April, Kohl's filed notice of a land lease next to Clearwater's Countryside Mall. And in October, it filed a similar notice for the Hollywood 20 property on Van Dyke Road.

"They want to start as soon as they can get approvals for permits," said Bill Nye, a Zephyrhills real estate agent and partner in the trust that owns the empty theater. "They're anxious to move very rapidly."

Other real estate agents say Kohl's has been eyeballing sites in Wesley Chapel and Pinellas Park.

A Kohl's spokeswoman said she couldn't comment on the chain's plans for Tampa Bay.

Nye's group paid $5.2-million for the 14-acre theater property two years ago. It recently signed a 20-year lease with Kohl's, with options to extend it up to 30 years.

Nye said the property drew interest from people representing fitness centers, theater chains and churches.

St. Joseph's Hospital, which is building an outpatient center next door, inquired about the property. So did the Hillsborough County School District, seeking land for a middle school; it chose property a mile to the west.

"I average probably a couple of calls a week," Nye said.

The Hollywood 20 theater was a creation - and casualty - of large-scale changes that swept through the cinema industry several years ago.

Cobb Theatres, a chain based in Birmingham, Ala., started building the multiplex in 1997. Then, in midyear, Regal Cinemas of Nashville acquired Cobb and the construction project. Regal, meanwhile, had signed to open another 20-screen theater in the Citrus Park mall.

So Regal eventually owned competing theaters 7 miles apart. Nationwide, the industry was overbuilt. Widespread closings ensued, mostly affecting older, smaller movie houses. When Regal closed the Hollywood 20 in 2000, nine months after the Citrus Park 20 opened, it was one of the largest shuttered.

Next door, the Northgate Square shopping center shuddered. A restaurant space had been added onto the end of the shopping center closest to the Hollywood 20, and Semolina International Pastas had moved in. Semolina, a Burger King and an ice cream shop all enjoyed business from movie-goers.

Semolina closed two months after Hollywood 20 closed.

Splash! An Ocean Grill opened in its place. Ever since, its owners have been wishing for a vibrant new neighbor to attract people. Kohl's fits the bill, said Chip Roehl, a Splash partner.

"It's fantastic news," he said. "The thought of having a traffic-generating retail neighbor after all these years is just wonderful."

Roehl also was optimistic about the opening of the St. Joseph's offices and a second shopping center under construction at Van Dyke and Dale Mabry Highway.

"We were just a couple of years ahead of our time, I guess," Roehl said.

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