Mall 1 and 2 Theatres

2011 N. Roan Street,
Johnson City, TN 37601

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

Previous Names: Mall Ultravision Theatre

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Site of Mall 1 & 2 Theaters

The Johnson City Mall in Johnson City, Tennessee was home to the single screen Mall Ultravision Theatre which opened on June 24, 1971 with Ryan O'Neil in “Love Story”. It was twinned on December 21, 1979 and by 1990 and was operated by Plitt Theatres as the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres, operating out of the Knoxville District. Prices for summer movies were sent down in April of 1983,"Blue Thunder" will be $4.00 a seat, child is $2.00 a seat. "Superman" is $4.00 a seat while the kids will pay $2.50 seat. It was demolished in 1992.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

Sometime in the late seventies,77 or 78 our ABC Theatres went to Plitt,don’t know why it took so long at this location unless it was another chain when built.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Open ~1975-~1990? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Split into 2 cinemas by 1990.

Owners:

1975 ABC Southeastern Theatres, Inc.

!980-1986 Plitt Southern

1986-1990 Cineplex Opeon

More info and photos always welcome

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I thought in 1978 Plitt bought all the ABC THEATRES,but BOb has,and i guess rightly so, 1980 for Plitt Purchase.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

June 3 1983 has Willie Lackey managing this Twin.

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Very similar to the Terrace Theatre in Kingsport. I believe the Terrace was an Ultravision theatre, and had rocking chair seats.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2019 at 12:11 am

This opened on June 24th, 1971 as a single-screen cinema. Grand opening ads posted and below (zoomable)

Mall theatre openingMall theatre opening Thu, Jun 24, 1971 – 28 · () · Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2019 at 1:01 am

Became a twin cinema opening on December 21st, 1979. Grand opening ad posted.

CJ1949
CJ1949 on December 22, 2019 at 3:26 am

Interesting to note this was an UltraVision theatre. That was mostly a Wilby-Kincey ABC feature. Plitt bought the ABC theatres in two waves. The first was the Northern theatres in early 1974; the southern ones were later. Your speculation of around 1978 sounds right to me. Also curious to see the opening feature was “Love Story” which was 6 months old at the time. The 1938 “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was later distributed by Michael Myerberg and it had some playdates again as kiddie matinees in later years. I remember seeing an IB Technicolor print of it.

Ripshin
Ripshin on February 1, 2020 at 5:13 am

I guess that I must have seen “Moonraker” there during the summer of 1979, when it was still a single theater. I remember that it still had the curtains opening and closing between previews and feature. A few years later, I would see “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” the day my grandmother died. I did not realize that it had twinned by that time.

Ripshin
Ripshin on May 31, 2021 at 7:56 pm

A Belk Department Store (Women) now stands on the site, although it was built as a now defunct Proffitt’s Department Store. I have included a photo of the current site.

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