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Here is a current video tour of the County theater from their blog. http://www.renewtheaters.org/blog/2011/video-tour-of-the-county-theater/
In the 1980s this theater was showing first-run pictures, the artsy ones that wouldn’t play at the mall. I saw Brazil, Under the Volcano, and Out of Africa here. Sometimes they had second-run, like Return of the Jedi, after it had played at the mall a few months.
This single screen drive-in was definitely operating during the 1980s when I went to Wyoming Valley West High School. The school bus drove past every day, and when I got my drivers license, I went there several times with friends. I think Top Gun & Pretty in Pink was one double bill.
Since they charged admission per person, I even did the old “sneak 2 friends in the trunk” game. Dad’s 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham had a trunk the size of a studio apartment! Ah the good old days.
The showing of Sylvester Stallone’s Nighthawks that I saw with my father was marred by rumbling Sensurround effects from Battlestar Galactica next door in Theater 1 . I think Theater 2 was the rear half of what was once a single screen auditorium. I never attended the drive-in theater here.
This theater opened as Movie City 5: all seats $1.50 at all times! There were union projectionists picketing outside the theater, because the theater had installed those new-fangled platter systems requiring only one operator to run all 5 screens. I remember the colored stripes painted on the sidwalk outside to handle the crowds (patrons waiting for Saturday Night Fever stand on the red line, patrons for Capricorn One stand on the white line, etc.) My dad bought me a ticket to see Altered States here (as a 13-year-old who had to see this R-rated movie, this was a milestone). I believe the large auditorium on the left side had Dolby Stereo, I saw Superman: The Movie here my second time (this was a 2nd run house).
My parents went shopping at this mall nearly every weekend in the late 70s/early 80s. I saw Star Wars here in Dolby Stereo in 1977. I think I rushed over to the Listening Booth afterward to buy the soundtrack album. Many of the classic fim memories from my childhood were at this theater: Final Countdown, Chariots of Fire, My Bodyguard, Return of the Jedi. I kinda miss the old GCC logo that played before the movies.
My parents went shopping at this mall nearly every weekend in the late 70s/early 80s. I saw Star Wars here in Dolby Stereo in 1977. I think I rushed over to the Listening Booth afterward to buy the soundtrach album. Many of the classic fim memories from my childhood were at this theater: Final Countdown, Chariots of Fire, My Bodyguard, Return of the Jedi. I kinda miss the old GCC logo that played before the movies.
I remember seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture here in December 1979, and thought it was in 70mm Dolby Stereo. Other films my dad took me to see here: Road Warrior, The Thing (1982) [70mm?], Twilight Zone: The Movie [70mm?], Outland, Dark Crystal, Kramer Vs. Kramer (with mom & sis). We moved out of the area in the summer of 1983. This was the first theater I recall having rocking chair seats. In the summer of 1990, a friend & I drove here from Wilkes-Barre, PA to see Wild at Heat and Mo Better Blues (what a double-feature that was) because those films would never play in northeast PA.