AMC Castleton Arts 3

6135 E. 86th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46250

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Previously operated by: AMC Cinemas, General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Castleton Square Cinema IV, V, VI, Castleton Arts Theatre

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AMC Castleton Arts 3

The Castleton Square IV, V, VI opened on November 3, 1976 as a triplex. Seating in auditorium 1 was 384, auditorium 2 was 299 and auditorium 3 was 293. Became the Castleton Arts Theatre on June 27, 1997, which closed on November 27, 2005.

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indymovieguy on August 16, 2007 at 1:19 pm

actually the largest auditorium seated 335.

moviebuff82 on December 15, 2007 at 11:16 am

this weekend marks the return of movies to castleton square with the opening of an all-digital megaplex owned by AMC. Art movies will play there besides commercial fare on all 14 screens.

Arts on March 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Seating changes when seats are replaced. For its last 10 or so years, the count was #1-311, #2-296, #3-312. The theater was originally called Castleton Square 4-6, with 1-3 being located inside the mall, and this one outside. From the time it opened, they tended to run the foreign films which played the city. In 1993, parent company General Cinemas opened the Clearwater Crossing 12 two miles away, closed the Castleton 1-3, and made 4-6 a full arts theater. In 1997 the name was changed to Castleton Arts, and the building given a makeover by its staff. They also started running their own film festivals. Closed in November of 2005 by their landlord, the Simon Mall company.

Arts on March 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

The new Castleton Square AMC does not run art films. Heck, the nearby Landmark doesn’t always run them!

Arts on December 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

It should be so listed. The building was razed in February of 2007 and replaced by a self-storage business.

rivest266 on October 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

September 29th, 1972 grand opening ad in photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on December 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm

The GCC Castleton Square Cinema IV-V-VI launched here on November 3, 1976 with “Shout at the Devil,” “I Wonder Who’s Killing Her Now,” and “Bugs Bunny Superstar.” The theatre was located in an outparcel building in the Northeast parking lot. It opened simultaneously with the new GCC Lafayette Square Cinemas II-III-IV.

Edward J. DeBartolo had launched Castleton Square Mall four years earlier with Sears' mall division, Homart Development Company. General Cinema was an original tenant opening its interior GCC Castleton Square I-II-III on September 29th, 1972. Plans for the theatre dated back to 1969. Cinema I seated 293, II seated 299 and III seated 384 for a total of 976 seats. That theatre would close with “The Firm” and “Jurassic Park” on July 1, 1993. Its address was 6020 East 82nd Avenue.

The GCC outparcel building, however, continued onward. It was renamed as the GCC Castleton Square (no numbers) after retaining the IV-V-VI for about a year. It was then rebranded as the General Cinema Castleton Square Arts on June 27, 1997 as GCC tried to compete with megaplexes that were destroying it business model. This move proved successful and a mecca for art film and indie film fans in Indy.

GCC declared bankruptcy in October of 2001 and its carcass was sold off to AMC in 2002. AMC rebranded here as the AMC Castleton Arts 3 on April 6, 2002. When Landmark announced a 7-screen art cinema, AMC decided to move on from the aging triplex. The AMC Castleton Arts 3 cllosed with “Capote,” “Shopgirl,” and “Pride and Prejudice” on November 27, 2005.

Arts on December 8, 2021 at 4:58 am

Good data, dallasmovietheaters, with only one exception: AMC did not decide to move on. The theater was closed by the Simons. When the 25 year lease expired, Castleton Arts went month-to-month, with the right to pull the 30 day notice trigger in both sets of hands. AMC had actually been looking at a serious capital expenditure on the building for late 2005, I believe replacing two of the HVAC units, so their intent to keep it open was clear. Simon just didn’t want the established competition with their new place.

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