Main Street Movies 5

230 E. Main Street,
Newark, DE 19711

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Cinema Center, Newark Cinema Center 3, Main Street 5

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 302.455.2482

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Main Street Movies 5

The 599-seat Cinema Center opened October 10, 1963 operated by George M. Schwartz (GMS Theatres). It became a twin on December 19, 1979 when the next-door Post Office closed. It became a triple screen theatre from May 9, 1980. Looks like Simplex 35' projectors up there in the booth. Saw “Ghostbusters” here back when Pluto was a planet. It was closed in September 2015 due to unpaid rent.

It was taken over by a new operator in January 2016 and renamed Main Street 5 and from March 3, 2017 it was renamed Main Street Movies 5.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

fred1 on May 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

This was once an AMC theatre

rivest266 on December 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Closed in September for unpaid rent.

fred1 on January 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

A new operator who also own the Westown Movies in Middletown DE will take over the theater and renamed it as the Main Street 5

muviebuf on January 20, 2016 at 7:54 am

Originally built as a single screen showplace by Schwartz Theaters of Dover Delaware in either the late 1960’s or the very early 1970’s. Later then carved up into three screens. I remember that when American Graffiti came out in the fall of 1973 it played at the Cinema Center for a very long time.

runusmc on March 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

When American Graffiti played, I remember the only available seats for me and 3 others were in the front row. The seat I sat in had a very slow drip (once every 10-15 minutes), that fell on my head. Prior to it’s shutdown in September 2015, Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown every Saturday at 12:01AM. This Saturday night showing was taken over by The Cinema Center after The State Theatre on Main Street, Newark closed.

rivest266 on May 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

October 10th, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section, 2 screens on December 19th, 1979 and a 3rd screen on May 9th, 1980

rivest266 on December 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Website as of December 9th, 2016 says “coming soon”

rivest266 on December 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

This reopened as Main Street Movies on March 3rd, 2017.

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davidcoppock on January 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm

Opened with “The suitor”.

HenryBL on January 27, 2024 at 7:57 pm

I worked at this theater as a “doorman” from 1972 to 1976. It was a great 599 seat theater. The busiest time I remember was in August of 1973 when “American Graffiti” was released. There were patrons wrapped around the building to get in! I personally remember seeing this film over 300 times! I remember every line, and every amazing song from the film! It was part of the George M. Schwartz theater chain that included theaters in Dover, Wilmington (Branmar Plaza), and southern Delaware (The Sun, Surf, and Sand) near the beach.

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