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Wonder why the guy (Stephen)that wrote the man article thought Westside Theater now “houses a church”?
Saw “Ordinary People” there but I seem to remember it was only shown at this theater after it won the Oscar for Best Picture, about seven months after it’s original release. The last movie I saw there was “My Best Friends Wedding”.
When did Lakeside Theater open? I know Lakeside Cinema right at the mall opened in August 1967 (the same day Oakwood Cinema in Gretna opened).
That’s not true. The “IV-V” building was directly behind the building pictured (“Cinema I-II-III”) and only a few feet away from the back of Winn Dixie. Lakeside Theaters was an entirely different entity and was located “near” where Whole Foods now stands.
There was a movie theater in the Harford Mall when it opened back in ‘73 or '74.
LOL, I guess it is. I just noticed the “Theater Closed” sign.
Is this the start of the demolition of the theater?
It was not closed in 1997 because we saw “You’ve Got Mail” on New Years day of 1999. Someone told me it actually closed in early 2000.
I thought it closed down because no one ever went there. On the day that Rocky 2 opened in 1979 I watched the matinee surrounded by three other customers. Your comment surprises me because the big controversy back then was the nearby Shakey’s pizza place which was an attraction for underage juveniles with fake IDs to purchase beer, get drunk and act like jerks.
Still haven’t been over to that area since last summer. Have they done anything with the property?
Did anyone buy it? I haven’t been over their since about two months before they closed. (About two and a half years ago).
Sorry, I hear ya' CS. I guess a dollar show is out of the question.
Do you happen to know when they first opened as the Esplanade Theater (or something like that)? Do you know when they reopened as Hollywood 9?
CSWalczak, how can you suggest that Hollywood 9 would have even a fighting chance against a massive new movie-house a stone’s throw (literally)away? THey are not successful now.
Amazing that there is no picture of this theater.
From what I saw Saturday Night, it might close well before that.
By the way when did the UA Pavillion 8 in Kenner close. How long was it opened?
I went there Saturday, November 10, 2012 to see “Skyfall”. I hadn’t been to this area in six months, and noticed that with the huge development of the new movie theater the mall looked more desolate then ever. And with that and the closing of the road on the other side Hollywood 9 looks more isolated then ever. There were less than 20 people watching the show.
I started going there a lot in the early-mid 80’s. I lived in Gretna, but like partying in Fat City, so I’d get loaded before the 7 or 7:30 movie and afterwards just walk across the street and start a tour of the Fat City bars. I first went to the theater in August of 1982 to watch Rocky 3.
In ‘82 I was 26.
“GCC operated the theatres until the mid/late 90’s, and they sat empty for several years. I saw a wrecking ball doing the last of the dirty work on Cinema 4 & 5 during a visit around 2002.
posted by DonS on Feb 11, 2005 at 8:21pm”
I left the area in January of 1999 (returned a year ago-March 2007) and the theater was still active, so I’m not sure when it “sat empty” but I heard that it was operating into the 2000’s. I realized our posts are just over 3 YEARS apart.
Wasn’t the development of the “Super Theaters” such as nearby Clearview Palace at the Clearview Mall what really sealed the fate of Lakeside and other obsolete theaters? Most every theater not the size of a small city has succumbed to these giants. One of the few still around in the Jefferson Parish area is Hollywood 9 (formerly Esplanade Theater or Cinema) in Kenner and given how small the crowds have been it’s a wonder that it’s still open.