Fireweed 7 Cinemas

661 E. Fireweed Lane,
Anchorage, AK 99503

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MSC77 on March 7, 2023 at 4:38 pm

A chronology of Anchorage’s 70mm presentations history has recently been published. The Fireweed gets some mentions in the piece.

rivest266 on February 5, 2023 at 11:36 pm

rewritten by Chat GPT with new info:

The Fireweed opened in 1964 with 1,526 seats and showed “Mary Poppins.” In 1968, Wometco took over and it became the largest Wometco theater ever. On February 12, 1971, the theater was divided into 2 screens by putting a wall down the middle to create two narrow screens. on November 2nd, 1979, it had expanded to 3 cinemas. Luxury Theatres took over in 1984 and expanded it to 8 cinemas in 1986. One screen was closed in 1987, untwinned, and reopened with 1,200 seats on November 25th. The big screen was certified for THX on June 20, 1988. ACT III took over in 1989 and it was later acquired by Regal Cinemas in 1998. The Fireweed cinema closed on June 6, 2010.

sconn on October 23, 2011 at 5:26 am

Saw Raiders of the Lost Ark on my parent’s wedding anniversary, Empire Strikes Back, and Ghostbusters twice (the next year on a double-bill with the premiere of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

June 7 1990 these movies are playing at the FIREWEED CINEMAS.
“TOTAL RECALL” {no passes}
"CADILLAC MAN” {no passes]

An ACT III theatre in 1990.
FIREWEED was also selling “DICK TRACY” Ticket T-Shirts to see the new “DICK TRACY” movie, Sold them at Fireweed and Totem Cinemas.

btmeacham on June 8, 2010 at 12:57 am

The Fireweed is now officially closed. It went out with a whimper, screening the Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song.”

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Mike thanks for the archives.enjoyed looking at those ads.

CSWalczak on June 5, 2010 at 5:03 am

According to this news item the Fireweed will be closing as of June 6, 2010, in the wake of the opening a new Regal megaplex:

Coate on April 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

<<< 1971 taken over by Womecto >>>

From this point until 1984 it was promoted as “Wometco-Lathrop.”

<<< 1980 Three cinemas >>>

Conversion to triplex took place in 1979.

<<< 1986 expanded to seven cinemas >>>

Expansion was to eight screens, not seven.

rivest266 on March 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Anchorage newspaper archive is at View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I am going to find that paper and will list the movies playing for you.TLSLOEWS.

TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 4:17 am

Munchie Theatre would be a good name.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Come to think about it,We did sell alot of popcorn and candy on certain late shows.

TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

With a name like “Fireweed” I bet they sold a lot of popcorn.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

BElieve it or not, I have an ad from this theatre,but i can’t find the lousy Anchorage newspaper!

TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2009 at 2:02 am

Looks more like a firestone tire store.

rivest266 on December 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

Timeline for this cinema
1964 opened by Lathrop as a single screen cinema with Mary Poppins
1971 taken over by Womecto, which has theatres in Florida and the WHT Pay-TV channel in New York City and split into two cinemas
1980 Three cinemas
1984 taken over by Luxury Theatres
1986 expanded to seven cinemas
1989 taken over by ACT III
1998 taken over by Regal Cinemas.