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As of Thanksgiving 2007, Richmond Town Square is now a part of the Regal Cinemas chain. They removed all AMC signage from both theater entrances and all mall signs. At the momen,t a banner hangs by the front entrance announcing the switch to Regal.
The theater was located in South Euclid, Ohio, as Cedar Center has always been and continues to be a weird shopping center. Cedar Center is at the intersction of Warrensville Center (North-south) & Cedar Roads (east-west). The shopping center is entirely west of Warrnesville Road, and runs along both sides of Cedar. The northern half of Cedar is in South Euclid and the southern half of Cedar is in University Heights. University Hts. redeveloped its side of Cedar Center in 2005-ish, complete with a brand new Whole Foods Market. The city of South Euclid won an eminent domain court fight for the northern portion of Cedar Center in early 2007. South Euclid plans on tearing down the entire shopping complex and putting a residential/retial/green space development in its place. The existing shopping center fronts Cedar and there is a TON of parking spots behind the buildings, so the city will have a lot of room to work with. The theater, which was unoccupied since it closed in 1992, will be torn down with everything else north of Cedar.
I don’t have any inside information or anything, but I’d put this theater on my endangered species list. A gigantic “lifestyle” center known as Croker Park opened in neighboring Westlake in 2004 complete with a 20-screen theater. For that matter, the owners of Westgate Mall, which was almost next door to that theater, tore the mall down in 2006 and opened a big-box outdoor shopping plaza of their own this year. A lot of changes for a theater that was the 6-screen norm in 1988 but has quickly become “small.”
The World Theatre East closed in the very early 90’s. Not sure about the exact date; I was just a kid then. But I do remember a Star Bank opening up in the theater’s former space in fall 1992.he bank later became Firstar, and is now US Bank. Hilltop Plaza’s owners kept the theater’s approx. 25' x 50' marquee and used it occasioanally to advertise tenant store’s sales (with the theater’s original all black lettering). But the marquee began to detoriate as early as 1995, and was rumored to be infested with rats. The Plaza tore the marquee down in 2006, and replaced it with a much smaller, generic shopping center sign in early 2007.
I sxaw a few kid’s movies there, but what I remember most was that the theater had “The Color Purple” for an incredible 16 weeks or so in 1986. I kept thinking they’d change the sign every Thrusday night, but it seemed like it would never happen!