Cinema Center 8

75 John F. Kennedy Road,
Dubuque, IA 52002

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Excellence Theatres

Architects: Mel C. Glatz

Firms: Mel C. Glatz & Associates

Previous Names: Kennedy Road Cinema

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Kennedy Road Cinema auditorium

The Cinema Center 8 went through numerous owners and numerous remodels. The theatre opened as the single screen Kennedy Road Cinema in 1968. Sometime in 1975 Dubuque Theatre Corp. took over the theatre and converted it to a fourplex. During 1985 a fifth screen was added.

In 1988 the theatre was operated by Excellence Theatre Corp. Later in 1991 the theatre was taken over by Carmike Cinemas. In 2004 three more screens and stadium seating was installed. At this time the Kennedy Mall cinemas became a discount house. It was closed October 10, 2008.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

saegerjon on June 16, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Attended a showing of the 3rd Pirates of the Carribbean movie this past week. The movie theater was great. Large auditorium, pretty clean, decent prices. However, the place was EMPTY. I am afraid this place will not be open much longer. The Kennedy Mall Theaters across the street look as if they have gone out of business as well.

benroethig on April 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm

The timeline is a little off. The expansion to 8 screens was done in the late 80s/early 90s and the stadium seating renovation never came.

William on August 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

This theatre opened as the Kennedy Road Cinema. This needs tobe added to the previous name list.

rivest266 on July 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This opened with one cinema in 1968. 2 in 1969, 3 in 1973, 4 in 1979, 5 in 1982, 8 in 1985 S. It became part of the Excellence Theatres in 1988 and Carmike in 1991. Closed in 2008.

Logan5 on June 13, 2022 at 10:17 pm

“Field of Dreams” had its world premiere debut at the Excellence Cinema Center 8 Theatre at 75 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA on Thursday April 20, 1989. The film went into wide release the next day, Friday April 21, 1989.

MSC77 on January 17, 2024 at 12:59 pm

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-published article “70mm Presentations in Dubuque: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1964-Present”.

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