Metro Park 8
10201 N. Metro Parkway E,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Metro Park Twin, Metro Park 4
Opened as a twin theatre on December 23, 1977, on the perimeter of Metro Center Mall in Phoenix, Arizona. It featured the typical video arcade in the lobby to occupy your time before your movie started. Later another two screens were added and it eventually became an eight screen theatre. At one time it was a United Artists theatre. Later, a branch of the Phoenix Public Library built a huge facility next door to it. The theatres closed in the 1990’s and were demolished. The vacant lot of the theatre is just west of the still standing library.
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Allen0318,try and get opening day movies if you can.Be great to see what they opened with.Thanks for the entry.
Might have been open 1990-2001?
Previously operated or owned by:
United Astists Theaters
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One thing I remember about the lobby of this theater is the walls and celling were decorated with a photo collage made up of bits of posters of the various films that played in this multi plex. Unfortunately, when this theater was remodeled in 1989, the collage was replaced with United Artists rather bland interior. I believe this theater opened as a 4 plex and was expanded to 8 in 1989.
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This theater did open in 1977, as claimed, but certainly not as an 8-plex. (I bet the number of 8-plexes in existence in 1977 can be counted on one hand.) I believe it opened, as a twin, on December 23, 1977, with the debut features being “Oh, God!” and “The Choirboys.”
Reminds me when we opened “PETE’S DRAGON” and the “GAUNTLET” for Christmas movies.Very little cross over when CLINT sold out!
Right, this theater opened as a two-plex and then Bill Blair expanded it to a four-plex and finally an eight-plex. With each expansion you could see that the architecture got a little bit better. The original two theatres had the front few rows at an angle so that the people in those seats were leaning back and toward the screen. I think part of the rationale was to give you a better view but it also made it easier to clean the theater at night with a leaf blower, with everything going into the gulley.
Bill Blair refuses Fast Times at Ridgmont High
Blair theatres refuses “fast times at r Ridgemont High” Fri, Sep 3, 1982 – Page 6 · Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · Newspapers.com
This theatre opened in December of 1977. It had two large auditoriums that were later split into four. Later four more screens were added to include a total of eight. The original high walls in the lobby, which also had an ice cream counter, had a collage of old movie posters. I remember seeing Gone With the Wind, ET, French Lieutenants Woman, Out of Africa, The Color Purple and a few others there. This theatre opened as a Blair Cinema and later was operated by United Artists Theatres. I moved to California in 1990, so don’t know when it actually closed. Wish I had all those posters that were cut up to use as the lobby decorations.. Probably worth a few thousand by now. Happy memories!