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bigred commented about No more nickels at AMC on Sep 4, 2007 at 12:58 am

It’s nice to round up the price because it does make it easier and faster but you should still have small change. Don’t they even have small change it the petty cash?

I worked for General Cinema and we also rounded prices up but we still had some smaller change on hand. We used armored car so we didn’t deposit loose change because the bank charged more if we did. We would wait until we had a few rolls of change to deposit it and only get charged once.

bigred commented about Overlake Cinema on Aug 25, 2007 at 12:26 am

What were they thinking with those blue blazers? The red vest was a major upgrade but still overdo. The polos were alot better.

bigred commented about AMC Classic Galewood Crossings 14 on Aug 23, 2007 at 11:59 pm

I’ve been to about a dozen Kerasotes and poor quality is normal at all of them. One of the theatres had shadows on the screen every show. It was fixed on the rare case they had a projectionist who knew how to fix it and would tell them the secret. It wasn’t actually a secret but any ave. projectionist with and IQ could figure it out.

They have another theatre they built that you don’t what to use the mens restroom in. The put the sink and urinals so someone could be going to the bathroom on you while your washing your hands. They also had to buy some extra buckets for rain because of all the leaks in the roof including over the projectors. Another proplem was when it rained it washed the mud across the street because they didn’t excavate right. The owners of the codo across the street were less than happy.

There was a small company that Kerasotes offered to buy that the owners told Kerasotes what they can do with it. Less than a week later one of the theatres burned to the ground and they sold the other theatres to Kerasotes and got out of town.

bigred commented about Greenwood Park 5-7 on Aug 23, 2007 at 11:23 pm

In 1992 the seats in all theatres ( both locations ) were to be replaced. It got cut back to cinema 1 & 3 at the quad ( 1-4 ) and cinema 7 at the triple ( 5-7 ). The reason was that Coldwater Crossing 8 in Ft. Wayne was opening and they got pulled for them. They did finish the job late Sept or early Oct ‘93 along with Laf. Sq. When they finished the seats they did Greenwood and Laf. Sq. at the same time.

bigred commented about College Mall Cinema on Aug 23, 2007 at 12:04 am

This was properly run when it was General Cinema. They were always able to get the movie on the screen and always start on time.

When Kerasotes took over the union contacted them to see about staying on and were told to go to hell so they picked the theatres in town along with others sold at the same time and a few others. When the union left on the last night they tore down all the films and disconnected the sound systems.

The first weekend under Kerasotes they only had one new movie and still had 3 Men and a Baby which had been there 4 months already and still selling out. The night Kerasotes took over the DM and VP said that there would never be projection problems at College Mall because the manager was the best projectionist in the company.

The first day the manager spend the entire day tring to get the movies running and most of the day she had the upside down and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. The first weekend they broke at least one film every set of shows and managed to break every show of the only new film for over a week.

It was so bad that they had to bring the manager of the Von Lee over to run the booth because Sandy was breaking so many film. Everyone in Bloomington learned not to go to Kerasotes College Mall 1-4 when John Fleener was off.

Kerasotes had a habit of not paying employees until the checks were at least a week late.

bigred commented about Overlake Cinema on Aug 22, 2007 at 11:32 pm

General Cinema was a good place to go to a movie and they knew what they were doing, unlike some companies in the biz. They had a good business plan, build cheap and you only need 2 or 3 different designs depending if it’s a mall location or stand along and would need many changes from one to another.

The seats are another thing. The company that made thewm went out of business in 1966 and General Cinema was still putting them in new theatres as late as 1983.GC bought the entire inventory of seats when they went out of business and put the in a warehouse. I don’t think anyone ever liked those seats.

I only worked at 2 theatres that never had the red and white GC seats and one was a newer theatre or about 9 years old with the new irvin seats. Even at the theatres that replaced them we still had a lot of comments about how bad they are. I find it hard to believe but I know of a few older theatres that GC sold off that never replaced the seats and a couple even added on after a couple years but didn’t replace the seats in the older theatres.

bigred commented about Lafayette Square Cinema I & II on Aug 22, 2007 at 10:53 pm

I should have clarified I was talking about cinema 3-5 when I said the seating was probably less than 300. It is probley right around 300 in 2 of them and just over in the other. If I remember correctly 2 of the theatres were the exact same size but I can’t remember if it was the Laf. Sq or another theatre I helped with seats but they put the new seats in they didn’t put the front row back in. They did this because they increased the space between rows slightly.

The 1-2 cinema was much bigger than most GC’s seating caps in Indy area. I think the only one bigger in Indy was Glendale 4-6’s cinema 6 had 575 and a wider theatre.

bigred commented about Glendale 4-6 on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:54 pm

The projection booth had a few extra parts that were styored there for years, so outdated. Oneof the projectionist that was there was Dick and he had one of the store rooms in the booth turned into his kitchen. It was called Dick’s Deli. He had for for a week or more because the projectionist weren’t allowed to leave the theatre until the shift was over so they brought or made their lunches. Sometimes they would have an employee pick up something for them.

Thisd theatre had nice size storage behind the screens. Cinema 6 had 2 store rooms one on each side and theatres 4 & 5 had one each which was all one before it was split. Although cinema 4 & 5 sort of had 2 because it had one small of that had a door to the other behind the screen. Cinema 6 sort of had 2 oine the left side but only had behind screen area past the storage.

bigred commented about Glendale Cinema 1-2-3 on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Your right about the IRS getting their share but it would have been nice if the state had wanted to enforce the law and nail them for their crimes. They also were banned from any General Cinema but for only 5 years. They also paid the IRS a bit more because they have to pay fines, late fees, and penalties, of course it is only based on the amount the admitted to. You know it had to be a lot more than they admitted to.

bigred commented about Lafayette Square Cinema I & II on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:28 pm

It may have been one of the most profitable twins in the country through the ‘90’s but I know that Southtown in Bloomington,Mn would blow it out of the water. Southtowqn only had 2 years in it’s history it didn’t make money and one was the last year open but it was suppose to lose money then. The mall did everything they could to get the theatre out but the people of Bloomington fought to try to keep it.

When GC upgraded the seats it was a major inprovemewnt over what they had. I helped with the seats in ‘91 & '92 and with the new seat they probably didn’t have 300 in each theatre.

bigred commented about AMC Classic Galewood Crossings 14 on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:44 pm

I wouldn’t expect quality if I were you. Kerasotes isn’t know for quality( unless you count extremely poor). They have very poor quality concessions. The popcorn tastes like it’s a year old if your lucky. They are very good at breaking films and have even been known to get the movie upside down.

I’ve even been to Kerasotes on first show of the day and still got stuck to the floor because it wasn’t that time of year to clean it yet.

They even had a theatre that gave orders not to clean the concession stand except counters. They didn’t even clean out the popcorn bins for over a month because it was cheaper. They had so many cockroaches in and around the conc stand and in the ice bins and popcorn bins.

They do have mob connections.

bigred commented about AMC Empire 25 on Aug 8, 2007 at 12:47 am

Considering the size of AMC and Loews is hard to believe they only have to get rid of 10 theatres. I know there are a lot of theatres from both that are in compition of each other. This would also include all the theatres they got from General Cinema. I know that AMC isn’t the only one to get away with buying out the compition and not being require to have compition as antitrust laws state.

There was a post about Sony selling Loews but Sony always owned Loews. It had started as Loews but then they changed the name to Sony but changed it back to Loews only a couple years later.

bigred commented about Burnhaven Cinema 8 on Jul 24, 2007 at 10:14 pm

The correct closing was 2001. GC wasn’t bought by AMC until March of 2002.

The reason for the trailers wasn’t to promote Har Mar as much as it came down to what trailers you had and how many. It also depended on the rating and format. In the mid ‘90’s GC also had a rule that no Fox trailers are to be on any film. The reason for this was that GC and Fox had a feud and only Mall of America and Ford City in Chicago were allowed to show Fox movies. It didn’t stop there, no Fox one sheets were allowed. It lasted a few years but GC let up and started allowing trailers and one sheets.

bigred commented about Markland Mall Cinemas on Jul 24, 2007 at 9:52 pm

I went there the other day and it was nice to go in the theatre and no get stuck to the floor which always happened when it was Kerasotes. The only complaint I have about the theatre, which was the one at the end of the hall, is the aisle. You can trip on it if you come in when the lights are down but that is how it was down when the theatre was split.

It was a nice change from Kerasotes. When I got my ticket the cashier was nice and friendly even for someone that came in for a shoe that didn’t show until later. She was fast and helpfull.

The concessions were good as well. The popcorn was actually fresh something you don’t get at Kerasotes.

I didn’t go in the restroom but the rest of the theatre was clean.If they keep doing things like they are it will stay around.

bigred commented about Mann Southtown Theatre on Jun 11, 2007 at 9:23 pm

I have a pic of the theatre postcard that shows the outside and lobby when it opened. All the other pics are after it was twinned.

I would also like to see pics from when it was a single screen. I would really like to see pics of the lobby when the fountain was still there or even at the opening or close to it.

bigred commented about Regal Fenway Stadium 11 on May 28, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Not all General Cinema’s were built so they didn’t get run down. I bet the reason the ones in the Boston area were nice is because that’s where the home office was. Another reason is most of GC ’s old theatres are closed and mostly only the new ones are still open.

I know of some that were dumps. One of the biggest dumps was the Har Mar 11 in Roseville,Mn. Har Mar had a 3 and 8 plex and the 8 was built by GC and the 3 by Mann. It was poorly maintained for years along with the Northtown 4 in Blaine,Mn.The Shelard Park 5 in St.Louis Park,Mn. wasn’t much of a theatre either. The Greenwood Park1-4 in Greenwood,In ( Indianapolis ) was in need of repairs. It was later closed along with Greenwood 5-7 for the new Greenwood 14 about a year before AMC took over GC.

General Cinema had some nice theatres as well. When the started building a bunch of megaplexes some of those were nice. The Southtown in Bloomington,Mn. was a nice one they got from Mann.

bigred commented about Markland Mall Cinemas on Feb 20, 2007 at 6:46 pm

I hope this takes off. It would be nice to finally give Kerasotes compition. They don’t like compition and usually stomp them out and they do have mob connections.

bigred commented about Lake 7 Cinemas on Jan 25, 2007 at 10:12 pm

This is a very poor theatre. The popcorn tastes like it is at least a year old, very dirty, and very poorly run. I don’t think they have ever got the movie focused on the screen. The sound is usually just as bad as the film poor quality. I don’t think they have ever cleaned the floors not to mention the theatre. I have been in there during first show and just about stuck to the floors.

The price are very out of range. The concession prices are high all the concessions are poor quality.

My uncle even went there before and didn’t get to see the end of the movie because the film broke and they didn’t know how to fix it.

bigred commented about Bloomington 13 at Mall of America on Jan 25, 2007 at 8:06 pm

It’s more than a rumor that it was the most profitable in General Cinema. It is fact. They had the largest conc sales but second in attendence behind only Ford City 14 in Chicago. The managers did make good money off conc. sales but not asst. managers. The only theatre in the area that came close in sales was Har Mar which is also where the first manager of Mall of America came from.

The managers lost the commission when General Cinema switched the bonus program to one like they had at AMC after they brought in a new vp that came from AMC IN 1995 and in ‘96 changed the bonus program. The new one had a goal that had to be made before a bonus was paid out and in the case of MOA the managers could have made more at some of the other theaters because the goals were set so high they could reach them and the theater had never done that much in its histroy.

The Mall Of America 14 might not even be in the top 25 theaters anymore with the addition of theaters built by General Cinema such as Northbrook 14, Randhurst16, and Yorktown 18 in Chicago, Framingham14 in Boston, Mayfair Mall 18 in Milwaukee, Franklin Mill 14, Phil. and Cliffton Commons 16 in New Jersey to name a few.

It probably stayed near the top until AMC took over General Cinema but with all the 20 and 30 plexes AMC has and the addition of Southdale 16, Arbor Lakes 16, and Eden Praire 18. They have now added Roseville 14 which could also bump them down.

bigred commented about Southtown Cinema 4 on Jan 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm

This theatre was designed after one in Bloomington,Mn. also called Southtown. It was actually built by Mann in 1964 but bought by General Cinema in 1970. It was a single with 1260 seats then in 1980 in was twined leaving 540 seats in each. Later removed 2 seats in each for handicapp. It had a waterfountain in it when it opened but had to be removed after years has not being maintained. The theatre was closed Sept. 17, 1995.

The Bloomington Southtown is listed on cinema treasures but not under General Cinema. It is only list under Mann Southtown.

bigred commented about Lakehurst Cinema 12 on Jan 23, 2007 at 8:19 pm

I can’t believe they were still using reel to reel on this theater. It wasn’t uncommon for General Cinema’s union to run all of the theaters by themself. All GC had union until late'95 when the smaller units had the managers start running the booth part of the time after they brought in a former vp from AMC. At the Mall of America 14 they had 1 projectionist run both sides rather than one on each side.

bigred commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Jan 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm

To Mr. Pibbles. General Cinema doesn’t exsist anymore. They are now part of AMC. They went under in 2001 and AMC bought them in March of 2002. The fall of General Cinma came right after GC brought in a vp from AMC as vp and they went down fast.

bigred commented about Hollywood Blvd. Cinema on Jan 18, 2007 at 7:55 pm

When it was General Cinema in the early ‘90’s it was the distric office for the Chicago, Northern In. and Mpls/St.Paul areas. The only part of Indiana not in the distric for a while was Indy which was part of the New York/ New Jersey district. Chicago was also the regional office until they shut them down and transfered the duties to distric managers. I think the regional office was at Woodrrove but I’m not sure.

bigred commented about Mann Southtown Theatre on Jan 15, 2007 at 6:58 pm

The single theatre had a stage in the front and after the screen was split part of it was still theater 1 or the south one. The main difference in the theaters was when they put the wall down the middle and of course removed the seats to make room for the wall.They had to reposition some of the seats. The doors were in the same locations and no extra doors were added.

The Har Mar 3 was built by Mann in 1970 but never run by them and the design was along that of Southtown. The Har Mar was opened as a twin and later split one screen. Har Mar had been run by General Cinema and later AMC and just closed by AMC on Dec.7, 2006.

bigred commented about Har-Mar 11 Cinemas on Jan 3, 2007 at 8:45 pm

I have a few Har Mar pics if you want them give me your e mail. I have a couple that show the chandeliers including one with the light off.

I also noticed that AMC threw all the seats in the dumpsters rather than selling them. It looks like they are determined to make sure no one gets them.

There have always been mice at Har Mar 11. It was usually worse in the back 8. One of the main reasons is it didn’t get cleaned right. The back theaters had a store room at the end of the row of theaters on the right that was just a big store room but at the end of that was another room with the incenarater. It was a mess back there most of the time.

There was a time when just the daily cleaning was poor. They didn’t even clean the equipment at the conc stand correctly if at all. I heard that as bad as it was that it got even worse after AMC took over.