Highland Twin Cinemas
1777 E. Highland Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas
Previous Names: Highland Twins, Highland Cinema 2, Highland Cinema I & II
Arrowhead Cinema Inc. took over the failed Jerry Lewis Cinema Twin project turned Rialto Theatre in the North Rialto Shopping Center in 1972 and simultaneously announced groundbreaking of the Highland Twin Theatre that took place on November 29, 1972. It was also supposed to be a Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema also seating 700 patrons in two equal 350 seat auditoriums.
The theatre opened with a soft launch on May 2, 1973 with a double feature of “Brother of the Wind” and “Vanishing Wilderness” in Cinema 1 and “Jeremiah Johnson” and “Big Jake” in Cinema 2.
The theatre was a quick casualty closing. That December it hosted the Russian Ballet Film Festival. The theatre appears to have closed after seven months and reopened by new operators in 1974 as the Highland Cinema 2 Twins and likely by another operator as the Highland Twins.
The theatre closed as Highland Twin Cinemas on October 23, 1986 as multiplexes decimated twin-screeners in that period. Its final double feature screening were “Weekend Warrior” with “Flight of the Navigator” and Screen II with a triple feature of “Recruits,” “Choke Canyon,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The theatre has since been razed.
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