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The theatre is now the Ovation 10 Cinemas by Carmike. I only went there once pre-renovation, and it seemed very typical of a 1990s era theatre. For a time, it was the largest theatre on the Midlothian Turnpike strip, competing primarily with the Regal cinema in Chesterfield Towne Center Mall across the street.
It was closed for renovations in 2014. I have a feeling the opening of the new and modern 16 screen Regal theatre at Westchester Commons several miles down Midlothian had much to do with this. The theatre was renovated into Carmike’s Ovation concept – a dine-in theatre with reserved seating and a full menu (including bar) – and reopened in 2015.
After this theater was closed, it was gutted and opened up into the food court for the mall. The mall was demolished and was replaced by the Penninsula Town Center, a lifestyle center.
This theater was open in 1997:
This one was unique, as it was a traditional twin co-located with the drive-in. It closed in the mid-1990s – I think it was around the time that the Regal down the street in Kiln Creek opened. As another poster mentions, the property was redeveloped and is now a Super Wal-mart.
The City Directory is WRONG. This theater opened in 1988/1989, about a year after the mall itself opened. Look in the news archives of Google on “AMC Patrick Henry 7”. The first result is a new article from Oct 1990 referencing a 1988 opening.
City Directory is also WRONG about the closing date. The theatre closed by 2001 – an article from the Daily Press from Oct 2001 discusses the impending opening of Old Navy in the mall (which opened in the space vacated by the theater):
The City Directory is WRONG! This theater opened in the spring of 1998 – see the link below for a brief snippet from the Virginian-Pilot on the opening: