Movieland 8 Theatres

200 Thruway Plaza Drive,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Dipson Circuit, General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Thruway Mall Cinema I-II-III

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Movieland 8 Theatres

This theatre building was previously occupied by Thruway Cinema 8 which opened on December 16, 1977. It was last operated by Dipson Theatres. They closed the theatre in 2002.

Movieland 8 Theatres moved to this location in 2004. It was closed May 11, 2015.

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John Fink
John Fink on September 15, 2014 at 7:35 am

They’re 3/8th digital – with 5 35MM screens. I saw a digital presentation here last year and it wasn’t the greatest – pillar boxed on a small scope screen in one of those long bowling alley-like cinemas on the left side of the complex. This was a compromise for a foreign language film, originally they had showed it in scope until the audience complained (the subtitles were chopped off), had it not been subtitled we might have seen it in the wrong aspect ratio without catching it.

Not sure what its future will be – they launched an IndieGoGo campaign that wasn’t successful and even first run theaters are finding themselves limited (I occasionally look and see what’s playing at a few theaters I know of that haven’t gone digital yet). Here they’re getting newer, more indie films on digital (I’m glad they’re showing these films – they actually do pretty well here!) and commercial hits on 35MM. An ideal outcome would be Movieland gets the financing or another operator steps in and makes a few improvement to the place while taking it digital. It sure is popular (even charging double what Dipson does at McKinely – which is in better shape) – and could be even more successful with some improvements.

buildersent on May 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

I’ve been going to this theater since the 80’s. GCC, AMC, Dipson and Movieland.

Unfortunately this place has become about the worse moviegoing experience you can imagine. 2 of the 8 theaters seem to not even be in use any longer. An employee said the projectors are broken (for 3+ months!)

The 3 digital projectors they have are often underlit and out of focus.

While each theater seems to be swept between showings I wonder how often the rug is cleaned (it smells), how often the floors are mopped in the theaters (disgusting) or how often the chairs are cleaned (really disgusting). Use the restroom and your feet stick to the floor.

The concessions are priced fair – the soda never has the right c02 mixture, popcorn is made fresh is decent but if you don’t see it popping, it’s stale. For a number of months they played movie trivia before showings on Saturday nights – that was great. I have not seen that happen for a long time.

Unfortunately, the owners of Movieland 8 previously owned the Appletree/Como theaters and they are following the same path. Como had theters that fell into disrepair and couldnt be used.

I don’t think Movieland is long for the world

crunchocky on May 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

I’m assuming they didn’t repair those projectors because they already knew the repair would be futile. Per their Facebook page, as of today (5/11) this theatre should be listed as closed.

John Fink
John Fink on May 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Officially the end of 35MM projection in WNY – I don’t think anyone kept their 35MM gear (judging by Interstellar). It’s a shame the theater is in as rough a shape as it is otherwise another operator might be compelled to give it another go (although the plaza may or may not be helped by the departure of Wal Mart) – the model Movieland had didn’t seem all that sustainable when they had to ask for contributions on IndieGoGo to upgrade to digital (Dipson upgraded their whole circuit including McKinley Mall – now the only discount house in the region, while shedding a few of the under performing locations). AMC has been taking over smaller theaters to recliner-plex – – they’ve been taking over some strange location lately (like Market Arcade) – so depending on the future of shopping center who knows….

Last titles to screen: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, American Sniper, While We’re Young, Danny Collins, Fifty Shades of Grey, Run All Night, Big Hero 6, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

buildersent on May 12, 2015 at 5:11 am

This theater is history. What was a very nice theater 11 years ago when movieland took it over after Dipsons failed attempt at running a discount theater – was run right into the ground. From the first month the place started going downhill.

Hopefully Dipson will take it on as a reduced price theater as the Buffalo market would easily support it.

crunchocky on May 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I don’t know that after Dipson failed there already that they would be inclined to try again (especially since as previously indicated the complex only has 3 digital projectors for 8 screens). Perhaps if DDR gave them a sweetheart lease they would consider it. I don’t think it’s anything anyone would want as a first run theatre. With it being as close to the Galleria as it is I’d imagine you would have to share product with Regal, which would put the operator in much the same situation Dipson is in currently at McKinley (going second-run because they couldn’t get enough high grossing first run product away from Regal at Quaker Crossing).

buildersent on March 28, 2017 at 5:03 am

After driving by that area a few times in the last month there is activity in the building. Workers from the gas company looking like they are adding a new gas line, there were a dozen cars in the lot with people going in and out of the theater on numerous days. Something is obviously going on.

Hopefully dispon bought the place since they have had huge success with McKinley Mall as a discount theater (on weekends the place is sold out completely).

buildersent on June 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm

This theater is gone forever. Believe it or not a church bought the place for 1.2 million.

I went here for years when it was GCC, AMC, Dipson and Movieland. Too bad Dipson didn’t lease the place as Buffalo needs a second run theater.

JMC Entertainment ran this place into the ground as they did Como/Appletree 8. Too bad.

The last films played here were 50 Shades of Gray, Danny Collins, Big Hero 6, Run All Night,While We’re Young.

Movieland 8 closed on May 11, 2015 and opened in 2004.

MSC77 on July 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Does anyone have a more precise date than “mid 1980s” for the conversion to eight screens?

rivest266 on September 27, 2022 at 11:21 pm

General Cinema opened it as the Thruway Mall Cinema I-II-III on December 16th, 1977. Grand opening ad posted.

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