Ridge Plaza Cinema I-II
5900 W. Ridge Road,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.
The twin screen Ridge Plaza Cinema I-II was opened by General Cinema on April 14, 1972. It’s premiere attractions were “The Last Picture Show” and “Pocket Money”. It was the first non-single screen theater in Northwest Indiana and unlike General Cinemas follow up twins the Crossroads and Dunes, the Ridge had one auditorium clearly larger then the other. The theater also had table tops on the aisle seats of the back few rows for smokers to place ashtrays on.
The Ridge Plaza Cinema I & II was the flagship theater in the area showing all the major films. I can remember seeing such hits as “Towering Inferno”, “Earthquake”, “Tommy”, “Bad News Bears”, “King Kong”, and “Silver Streak” there. Even after the four screen Southlake Cinema opened in 1978 the Ridge Plaza Cinema I & II still got its fair share of good films. “ET” ran there for almost six months.
With the onset of the multiplexes, all the twin screen General Cinemas began to lose money. In 1994, after a strong windstorm, the marquee was damaged. General Cinema decided that the cost of replacing it would be too high and had it taken down for good. The theater was finally closed in 1998 but was reopened almost immediately by an independent owner.
The theater was closed again in December 2004, and razed in February 2005.
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