Cortez Plaza Twin I & II

3633 Cortez Road,
Bradenton, FL 34205

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cortez Plaza Twin Cinema

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The Jerry Lewis Plaza Twin Cinema was located at the far end of the old Woolco (later Wal-Mart) shopping center on Cortez Road across from DeSoto Square Mall. It was opened by Jerry Lewis Cinemas on December 23, 1971. On March 17, 1973 it was renamed Cortz Plaza Twin I & II. I went on my first "date" (age seven) there to see "Pete’s Dragon" in 1977. By the late-1980’s/early-1990’s it was showing second run movies and closed on June 30, 1993, and was left vacant.

Contributed by Tim Fankell

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Tim,“Pete’s Dragon” was a Disney Christmas release in 1977.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Cinematour shows the address as 4425 14th St W

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

PLEASE ADD ADDREESS:

4425 14TH STREET WEST

AKA

JERRY LEWIS CINEMA

Open 1971-1997?

Owners:

1973-1978 Suncoast Cinemas?
1978-1980 Cobb?
1980-1988 Plitt Theaters?
1990 Floyd Theaters of Haines City, Fla.? In 1967 Carl Floyd was President and had 40 theaters all in Florida.

Anyone have more info or photos?

starwarskid77
starwarskid77 on August 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

The address Cinematour gives is not accurate. That address is indeed for PetSmart, but that’s not where the theater used to be. PetSmart is in the Cortez Plaza, an entirely different shopping center. The correct address for the Cortez Twin is 3633 Cortez Rd.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That right, In the Cortez Plaza EAST. It opened as Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema on Christmas day, 1971 and renamed in 1973 when the Jerry Lewis franchise fell apart.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 1, 2021 at 9:33 am

The Jerry Lewis Cortez Plaza Twin Cinema launched on December 23, 1971 with “Peter Rabbit” and “Tales of Beatrix Potter” on Screen 1 and “An Elephant Called Slowly” and “Darling Lili” on Screen 2 next to Woolworth’s big box Woolco store. Suncoast Cinemas Inc. rebranded the venue as the Cortez Plaza Twin I & II on March 17, 1973. Florida West Amusements took on the venue. It sold it to Cobb Theatres on July 15, 1976. Plitt Theatres took on the venue followed by at least two other operators including Floyd Theatres.

It closed as the Cortez Twin Theatres at the end of lease 20 years later on June 30, 1993 with “Sidekicks” and “Fire in the Sky” on Screen 1 and “Cop and a Half” and “Forever Young” on Screen 2.

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