Westborough Square Jerry Lewis Cinema

2232 Westborough Boulevard,
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Retail

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This was a small movie theatre inside a shopping center. It opened on January 21, 1972 as part of the Jerry Lewis Cinemas chain. The opening program was Walter Matthau in “Kotch” and Gig Young in “Lovers and Other Strangers”. I saw “Willy Wonka”, “Kotch” and “Butterflies are Free” there. It had a very short life, closing on December 8, 1972 with Clint Eastwood in “Joe Kidd” & George Peppard in “The Groundstar Conspiracy”. It became a retail store. The shopping center and its theatre have since been domolished if favor of a new shopping center.

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scottfavareille on April 6, 2004 at 8:28 am

A question: Was this part of the short lived Jerry Lewis Theaters chain?

scottfavareille on April 6, 2004 at 12:25 pm

I know of two other theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area that operated under the Jerry Lewis Cinemas banner. One was the Princeton in South San Jose off Blossom Hill Road and the other was in Antioch(using the Jerry Lewis name). From what I understand, they mostly used rear-projection and were highly automated. Unfortunately, the chain lasted less than 3 years. (And it was during the early 1970’s, when family films and G-rated product did poor box-office business.)

alan95pony on June 14, 2005 at 2:28 pm

A question: Does anyone know which retail store the Jerry Lewis theater at Westborough Square used to be in?

glowworm on July 19, 2005 at 1:03 pm

It was to the right of Walgreens. Originally, what is now the big filipino/japanese restaurant was St. Augustine’s church, while they were raising money for the church. The movie theater was one or two doors down. I drove by there and was trying to figure it out, its one of the storefronts with the half-brick facade. The interior has been completely gutted. There have been several tenants over the years. Probably the shoe guy at the end would know, he’s been there since the center was built. All I remember about that place was that they had black and white wallpaper of your old time movie people, laurel and hardy, charlie chaplin. Anyone remember the Kool Cigarette midnight movie series?

jjordan on September 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I have vivid memories of the Jerry Lewis Cinema off Blossom Hill Road in San Jose. It showed a lot of double features of pretty bad movies—dinosaur flicks and the like. It was pretty much only kids, and the entire afternoon was spent throwing food all over the place—the floors, the seats, the screen. My Dad told my brother and I it closed because of the wear and tear. We loved the place.

dallasmovietheaters on April 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm

The Jerry Lewis Cinema launched on January 21, 1972 with “Kotch.” The address listed is 2232 Westborough Boulevard. The theatre struggled to find an audience and lowered pricing to 99 cents for adults (75 cents on weekdays) and 49 cents for kids as it became a sub-run discount operation. Technically, all advertised shows are listed as the Westborough Square Jerry Lewis Cinema – which should be its listing here.

That failed and the Jerry Lewis Cinema closed on December 8, 1972 with “Joe Kidd” and “Groundstar Conspiracy” splitting the single screen. The former theater was used by the Democratic Party in early 1973 and was converted to a Stretch and Sew fabric store.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Looks like the entire shopping center has been rebuilt. According to historic aerials, it looks like it may have been demolished.

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