Cinema Center III
Bowers Avenue NW,
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Previously operated by: Cinemette Corporation of America, Shea Theatres
Previous Names: Shea's Cinema
This cinema being located at Nichol’s Plaza opened as a 654-capacity single-screener as Shea’s Cinema on July 22, 1970 with Bert Lancaster and Dean Martin in “Airport”. Part of the Shea’s chain who was sistered to 2 other theatres, the Quaker Theatre and the Bexley Theatre.
Its relationship with the Shea’s company lasted until the house expanded, converted into a triplex with the 654 seats being split with 218 of them for each screen, and was renamed “Cinema Center III” on March 4, 1977. At that time, it became part of the Cinemette Theatres chain, reopening with “The Cassandra Crossing” at screen 1, “The Shaggy D. A.” at screen 2, and “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” at screen 3.
The Cinema Center III was closed in the summer of 1991. It briefly became a paintball center.
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Cinema Center III closed in mid 1991 along with the nearby Quaker. Hoyts Cinemas bought the business (but not the buildings) I from Pittsburgh Theater Co (dba Ohio Movies) to eliminate competition for New Towne Mall 8 which had opened the year before. The space was briefly a paintball center .