Pembroke Mall Theatres
4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: ABC Southern Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres
This twin screener was formerly located outside Pembroke Mall Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The design of the theater if viewed by helicopter was in the shape of an old fashioned 35 millimeter movie camera with the 2 round film canisters on top. Because of the curved wall design of the auditoriums this dual plex could fit a curved screen perfectly.
I sat through many a “Star Trek” and “Police Academy” movie here. The theater was originally owned and operated by Plitt then sold out to Cineplex Odeon. Sometime in the late-1980’s early-1990’s Cineplex moved inside Pembroke Mall on the side facing the old two screener and it was eventually demolished.
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The description of this theatre’s design makes me think it was originally an ABC Ultravision twin theater; ABC had a similar design in Florida.
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Nighthawk. It was a Twin Ultravision !
Here is a birds eye view from Google Maps. Look to the upper right hand corner of the mall and you will see an massive open spot where they once stood. :(
AdrianEverett: I couldn’t get your link to work so I searched Pembroke Mall on Google Earth instead. Was the empty, odd-shaped lot on the corner of Jeanne Street and Constitution Drive the site of the Pembroke Mall Ultravision Theatres?
Yes Sir !!!
It was ABC before Plitt. A feature I thought was unique were curtains over the screens that were opened and closed electronically when a movie was starting or ending.
The theater’s were on the north side of the mall. Pembroke Mall has made many changes to the north side over the year’s. In addition to the detached theater building, an open air mall that connected to the main building was once there. An outside strip section with store openings near the theater was also there. Eventually this area was redeveloped as a Hess department store and the open air portion was modified and enclosed. The theater moved to the newly enclosed area and the original building was demolished. Since then the entire north section has been redeveloped as a Target. Because of the many modifications on the north side, the original theater site is difficult to locate.
Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. Pembroke’s run is mentioned in the piece.