Cinemagic 3 at Penn
3925 Walnut Street,
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Previous Names: GCC Walnut Mall I, II, III
On November 15, 1974 GCC opened this triplex at 3925 Walnut Street in a small shopping mall at the University of Pennsylvania campus in the University City area of Philadelphia. It should not be confused with the nearby Eric triplex that opened on 40th Street at Walnut Street also in the 1970’s, which was later replaced by the six screen Bridge movie theatre (now the Rave).
It was known as the GCC Walnut Mall I, II, III and had seating for 400 in each auditorium. Later it was operated by local movie theatre operator Budco, then by AMC after they took over Budco. In 1994, AMC departed.
On February 1, 1995, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that as of the following month, the theatre would be refurbished, including new box office, new seats, new carpeting, and an upgrade to stereo sound, and it reopened as the Cinemagic 3 on June 16, 1995. Cinemagic owner Andrew Sheppard, then 27 years old, also then operated a five screen cinema at the Tri-State Mall in Claymont, DE, and a movie theatre in Hamilton, NY near Colgate University where Sheppard had graduated from. In 2003, the largest auditorium number 3, had 219 seats.
This theatre survived the 2002 opening of the stadium seated six screen Bridge (later Rave) multiplex. The theatre closed during the week before March 18, 2005, because the University of Pennsylvania decided to demolish the entire block so a new building could be constructed.
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