Broad Street Cinema

5410 W. Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23230

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Durkee, F.H., Enterprises

Previous Names: Transcontinental Cinema

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Broad Street Cinema

The Broad Street Cinema 1 and 2 was first multi-screen venue constructed in the Richmond area. The Transcontinental Cinema opened on August 31, 1970 with “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”. The theater had a seating capacity of 790 (600/190). The cinema closed in the mid-1980’s and was later demolished.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm


1975 Durkee Theatres

1980-1985 Glenmar Cinestate, Inc.

1990 Cineplex Odeon

bufffilmbuff on September 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Info for the address here is incorrect. The theater was past Willow Lawn, across the street from what is now a shopping center featuring a Target and a Barnes and Noble…NOT in the Fan. It was not the prettiest of theaters… very much in the slick modern 70’s style with lots of plastic and shiny surfaces. The downstairs theater did have an impressively large and slightly curved screen. Upstairs was tiny but did offer the Richmond premieres of many art films including DAY FOR NIGHT, LAW OF DESIRE, HESTER STREET, and even a showing of BIRTH OF A NATION.

bufffilmbuff on September 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for fixing the location. It was right next to the Baskin Robbins shop.

Sgecko67 on April 6, 2017 at 5:34 pm

I remember a Sat a buddy and I started watching Star Wars around 2pm and watched one showing after the other. They never made us leave. That would have been around 1979 just before Empire was released. Only saw one film as I recall upstairs and that was a re release of American Graffiti around same time. I recall theatre having a bit of a birdhouse feel to it by the mid 80s.

Sgecko67 on April 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm

Sorry “grindhouse”

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