3011 S. El Camino Real,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.
Architects: William C. Riseman
Functions: Furniture Showroom
Previous Names: Hillsdale Center Cinema, Hillsdale Cinema I & II
The single screen Hillsdale Cinema was opened December 22, 1966 with Shirley MacLaine in “Gambit”. It was operated by General Cinema Corp. until it closed in 1997.
The lobby walls featured wall to wall glass panels with brown drapes that could be drawn to keep the sun out.
It was twinned as the Hillsdale Cinema I & II on November 19, 1971 and four-plexed on December 19, 1980. The walls of the auditorium were paneled with steel siding! By the time the theatre closed in 1998, it was very worn out. The cinema still had the original seats from the 1960’s. It remained empty for three years before being converted into a furniture store in 2000.
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