454 Russell Street,
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Campus Cinemas was built in 1965 as part of the new Campus Plaza shopping center. The building was adjacent to the Zyre’s department store.
The three auditoriums each seated about 500 people, walls were golden curtains over a cinderblock construction. They immediately became the primary cinemas in the area (2nd run, as the region was not yet a first run market), relegating the nearby Amherst and Calvin cinemas to 3rd run status.
When the Mountain Farms Four Cinemas opened in 1974 at a nearby mall, Campus Cinemas struggled to compete, eventually resorting to 3rd run films and later X-Rated movies, until finally closing in 1976.
The building sat vacant with a leaky roof soaking the interior until it was demolished in 1983. In the late-1990’s, a T.J. Maxx department store was built on the site.
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