Coral Square 8
770 Riverside Drive,
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Paragon Theaters (Official)
Operated by: Paragon Entertainment Group
Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Located just east of the Coral Square Mall at the corner of Ramblewood and Riverside Drive. This GCC 8-plex opened in 1985 and was operated by the independent Trademark Cinemas chain.
On July 8, 2010 it was taken over by Legacy Entertainment Group, and by October 2010, it was operated by Frank Theatres. By 2018 it was operated by Paragon Entertainment Group.
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Theatre is now owned by Legacy Cinemas effective 7/8/10.
I bet it looks like the closed GCC Regency Exchange 8 here in Augusta.Got in through an old exit door spent hours exploring.The booth was just like it was left when they closed for good in the late 90’s.However, a pack of rats was enjoying all the candy and popcorn left in the storage room.
When first opened, Coral Square 8 was an interim design for GCC, before they adopted newer architecture (and a more red-accented decor) in the late 80s. It’s also possible they had to adjust to a space that, word had it, was originally intended for retail.
IIRC (it’s been years since I last visited), most/all of the auditoriums are in a straight row.
One auditorium had 70MM projection capabilities, savored during engagements of “Aliens” and “Silverado.”
I was there opening day for “Brewster’s Millions,” and I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already. Coral Square 8 outlasted the competition from as far north as Sample Road, south to Commercial Boulevard, and east to U.S. 441.
I thought this was an old Wometco… interesting, didn’t know it was GCC.
Wometco’s sole venture into “newer” (beyond U.S. 441) west Broward was the Weston 8:
MikeRogers, just looked up the photos of the GCC Regency Exchange 8 (what a sad fate): From the signage, it appears to have been built slightly later than Coral Square 8.
A few exterior shots of CS8 can be found here:
The usual distinctive GCC signage was never used here (not even the logo), possibly due to Coral Springs' stringent restrictions (also being the first city to prohibit McDonalds from installing their golden arches by the road).
Now in the Frank Theatres fold (along with Legacy’s other venue, and South Florida’s Sunrise Cinemas sites):
IPic Entertainment has announced its intention to build a new megaplex/bowling center during proposed redevelopment of the Riverside/Atlantic Boulevard shopping area. No dates set, but Coral Square 8’s years are probably numbered.
I just watched Brave here last 28 July 12, auditorium 4. This place is a grindhouse. The entire platter, that is the trailers, the short “La Luna” and the entire feature had a pair of perfectly straight scratches running down the right 3rd of the image. The aperture is FILTHY — the image is bordered by fringed fingers of dust at the sides, and mounds of it top and bottom. The audio was mainly loud to the point of pain, save for a reel and a half that was so quiet you could hear the projector’s chatter, and everyone’s conversations. This place is a disgrace. Normally I regret when a good moviehouse closes, but this one isn’t good. It’s a grindhouse showing 1st-run films.
This opened on May 24th, 1985. Grand opening ad in the photo section.