Greenwood Park 1-4
478 Greenwood Park Drive North,
478 Greenwood Park Drive North,Greenwood, IN 46142
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The open-air Greenwood Shopping Center had opened theatre-less with anchors Sears and A.S. Ayres along with an MCL Cafeteria and a Kroger grocery store in 1965. The Greenwood Shopping center was said to have been the tail end of a trend of open air malls including St. Louis' Northwest Plaza that were largely replaced over the next ten to twenty years with enclosed malls. In fact both of these 1965 projects became enclosed malls.
The General Cinema Greenwood Cinema I-II-III opened in the Greenwood Shopping Center on December 21, 1973 with “Robin Hood,” “The Seven Ups,” and “Ash Wednesday.” Theatre I had 632 seats, Theatre II had 334 and Theatre III had 281 seats for a total of 1,247 seats. The theatre was freestanding in the Northeast area of the center.
Five years later, Melvin Simon decided to spend $20 million to enclose and expand the Greenwood Shopping Center. On October 19, 1979, GCC Greenwood’s Screen I was divided into two auditoriums with the venue being called the GCC Greenwood Cinema I-II-III-IV. The Greenwood Park Shopping Center would become the Greenwood Park Mall officially in 1980. The theatre’s name was again tweaked to the GCC Greenwood Park Cinema I-II-III-IV.
General Cinema decided to take a portion of the interior mall to create its latest triplex, the Greenwood Park Cinema V-VI-VII opening on June 5, 1981. That theatre closed as the Greenwood Plaza Cinema 5-7 (roman numerals had been dropped) on April 11, 1999 with General Cinema in major economic trouble.
In January of 2000, GCC showed some spunk building a 14-screen megaplex at Greenwood Park Mall - its only effort at stadium seating in town - to replace its aging interior quad. The GCC Greenwood Park 1-4 closed on March 23, 2000. The next day, the new megaplex opened and seven months later, GCC declared bankruptcy.
December 21st, 1973 grand opening ad in photo section.
The General Cinema theatre opened in November 1974 as a triple, with one seating just over 600, the other 2 seating 325 and 285. The largest auditorium was split in 1979, giving both around 295 each. Dolby stereo was only in #3(325) and added sometime around 1983. The theatre closed with the opening of the new Greenwood 14 in March 2000.