Kingsley Twin

Kingsley Avenue and Blanding Boulevard,
Orange Park, FL 32073

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2020 at 4:04 pm

The Kingsley Twin was opened by ABC-Florida State Theatres in December, 1976. It was designed by the Columbus, Georgia architectural firm Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

FrozenAstronaut on August 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Oh and I also remember the Village Cinema very well as i was pretty good friends with the owner, a pretty young guy as I recall but was very cool.He was always happy to talk about movies with me a snot nosed 12 yr old at the time who love monsters and science fiction. He even took my suggestions for the Saturday kiddie matinees and got hold of some real gems for me!

FrozenAstronaut on August 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I was an Usher and then soon promoted to projectionist at this theater from 1979 – 81 , then again 83-84. In fact I actually bought the very first ticket sold there in 1976 when “King Kong” opened. It was a great theater and had a good sound system. since I closed up the place most nights , I would sometimes bring my synthesizer and drum machine and hook it up to the sound system and just blast it. Oh man that was great! My proudest achievement while working there was to convince the owners to run 2001: A Space odyssey two weeks before the Empire Strikes back opened up. It looked great having 2001 advertised on the Monolith like Marquee! Good memories!

Harvey on July 3, 2008 at 2:03 am

That’s exactly the spot I was thinking of, which is across from the library. Thanks for clarifying that for me!

You might dig my blog/website:

It concentrates on Miami and Jacksonville theatres and has a lot of old newspaper ads from the Florida Times Union in the Serious Jacksonville Exploitation.

And thanks again for the info. Everybody I asked could never seem to remember where the Village was.

gemsroadwarrior on July 3, 2008 at 1:34 am

The Village Cinema was located in a little shopping center on Kingsley Avenue in uptown Orange Park. The last time I was in the area, If the shopping center is still there, a store called “Pinch-A-Penny” was located in the front and I believe there was a Dairy Queen in the right front of the shopping center parking lot near the road or just to the right of the shopping center near the road. I think the “Pinch-A-Penny” store was once a “Winn-Dixie” before it moved to the shopping strip that faces Highway 17 near Kingsley Avenue. The theater was inside, near the rear. The floors were flat (level) with no incline. I saw “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” and “The Song Remains The Same” at that theater. It wasn’t part of any theater chain and actually pulled a little muscle in the early days of the Orange Park 5. OP5 lost “Smokey and the Bandit” to them. OP5 ran the trailers and even had the “Coming Soon” poster up for “Bandit”, but was denied when it released.

Harvey on June 28, 2008 at 3:27 am

OP5 Original (great name by the way): Where exactly was the Village located. Somebody once told me it was across from the library on Plainfield.

gemsroadwarrior on June 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Kingsley Twin opened with Dino DeLaurentis “King Kong”. Theatre seated about 500 in each of the two theatres. Stayed around long enough to help the Orange Park Five Theatres at the Orange Park Mall put the Village Cinema Twin Theatre in uptown Orange Park out of business. General Cinema 4-Plex opened across the street from the mall and helped submarine the Kingsley Twin. Shortly after the Movies 10 of Orange Park (a United Artists theatre) opened near I-295, the General Cinema 4 was closed, demolished and turned into a Toys R Us. The Orange Park Five Theaters became a mega-plex of 20+ screens and is now the only theater in Orange Park as of 2008.