Chakeres Theatres Upper Valley Mall Cinema 5

1475 Upper Valley Pike,
Springfield, OH 45504

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc., General Cinema Corp.

Architects: William C. Riseman

Firms: William Riseman Associates

Previous Names: General Cinema Upper Valley Mall I & II

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Located in the Upper Valley Mall. General Cinema I & II opened as a twin screen theatre on August 4, 1971. Seating was provided for 1,145. On October 14, 1977 it was converted into three screens. In May 1988 the theatre was sold to Chakeres Theaters Inc. On December 4, 1988 it became a 4-screen theatre. They then subdivided screen II to create 5-screens. It was closed February 20, 2017 and demolished in June-July 2022.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

markinthedark on May 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Does the main auditorium have a shadow box screen?

jimharwood on October 31, 2015 at 6:16 am

The info above under the Google street view is incorrect and SRCputt’s info is accurate. The Upper Valley Mall Cinemas was originally opened by General Cinema Corp in 1971 and there were two auditoriums, not one. Cinema 2 was later split in two and then in the early 1980’s the Chakeres family took over and cut the two smaller theatres in half going the other direction to make a total of five theatres. Those smaller theatres are incredibly small. The original Cinema 1 is still in its original configuration, Shadow Box screen and all, though they did paint the area around the screen. This and the Chakeres 10 are the only indoor theatres in Springfield running first run films, and that’s a shame. While Cinema 1 still has its charms, the other theatres here, as well as at the Cinema 10, are typical 1980’s-style multiplex shoeboxes. No showmanship, no thought for presentation. Sad.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

Theatre closed on Mon 2/20/2017.

rivest266 on April 14, 2022 at 8:23 am

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 17, 2022 at 12:40 am

Three screens on October 14th, 1977, by subdividing the large theatre. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on April 19, 2022 at 6:49 pm

Five screens as of December 23rd, 1988, as two cinemas became four screens.

jonrev on July 3, 2022 at 7:23 am

Demolished June-July 2022 as part of the Upper Valley Mall’s redevelopment into a business park.

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