Walden Galleria 12
6 Walden Galleria Drive,
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Previous Names: Hoyts Walden Galleria 12, GCC Walden Galleria 12, AMC Walden Galleria Stadium 12
Hoyts Cinemas opened the Walden Galleria 12 in May of 1989 as the entertainment anchor to the then new Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo. Hoyts ran the complex for only one year, when the company decided that they could not program a theatre that far away from their home office in Boston (despite being well under away with construction of a theatre just 120 miles closer at the Galleria’s sister mall in Syracuse) and put the complex up for sale.
Inexplicably General Cinema bought the complex despite already having an eight-screen theatre just one mile away at the nearby Thruway Mall. GCC equipped the theatre with their trademark “Cinema” auditorium identification signage and the cleberity autographed picture wall and ran the theatre until the company’s bankrupcy in 2002, when the theatre began operations under AMC Theatres.
Despite the fact that the mall actually attempted to evict AMC in 2003 to convert the theatre into a Best Buy the company continued to operate the complex until November of 2005, when the allowed mall owner The Pyramid Companies to buy out their lease. The theatre closed and reopened a mere four days later under the direction of the Regal Entertainment Group. Regal ran the theatre through June of 2006, when Pyramid announced a massive makeover of the mall which included the conversion of the complex into a Barnes and Noble bookstore and the construction of a sixteen-screen replacement theatre in space formally occupied by mall anchor Bon-Ton.
The theatre closed June 25, 2006. Regal opened the Walden Galleria Stadium 16 in May of 2008.
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