Pembroke Mall Theatres

4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

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Pembroke Mall Ultravision - Virginia Beach, VA

This twin screener was formerly located outside Pembroke Mall Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The design of the theater if viewed by helicopter was in the shape of an old fashioned 35 millimeter movie camera with the 2 round film canisters on top. Because of the curved wall design of the auditoriums this dual plex could fit a curved screen perfectly. It was opened in October 1971

I sat through many a “Star Trek” and “Police Academy” movie here. The theater was originally owned and operated by Plitt then sold out to Cineplex Odeon. It was closed in spring of 1987. Sometime in the late-1980’s early-1990’s Cineplex moved inside Pembroke Mall on the side facing the old two screener and it was eventually demolished.

Contributed by Adrian Everett

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AdrianEverett on March 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Nighthawk. It was a Twin Ultravision !

Here is a birds eye view from Google Maps. Look to the upper right hand corner of the mall and you will see an massive open spot where they once stood. :(,-76.1331396,209m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89ba95a0f6a9435f:0x35eca990fd8bcc59?hl=en

NightHawk1 on March 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm

AdrianEverett: I couldn’t get your link to work so I searched Pembroke Mall on Google Earth instead. Was the empty, odd-shaped lot on the corner of Jeanne Street and Constitution Drive the site of the Pembroke Mall Ultravision Theatres?

norfolk356 on May 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm

It was ABC before Plitt. A feature I thought was unique were curtains over the screens that were opened and closed electronically when a movie was starting or ending.

norfolk356 on May 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

The theater’s were on the north side of the mall. Pembroke Mall has made many changes to the north side over the year’s. In addition to the detached theater building, an open air mall that connected to the main building was once there. An outside strip section with store openings near the theater was also there. Eventually this area was redeveloped as a Hess department store and the open air portion was modified and enclosed. The theater moved to the newly enclosed area and the original building was demolished. Since then the entire north section has been redeveloped as a Target. Because of the many modifications on the north side, the original theater site is difficult to locate.

MSC77 on December 31, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. Pembroke’s run is mentioned in the piece.

50sSNIPES on June 17, 2023 at 12:26 pm

The Pembroke Mall Theatres operated from October 1971 until Spring 1987, and it was actually first operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres, not ABC Southern Theatres.

rivest266 on October 23, 2023 at 11:54 am

Opened on July 23rd, 1971. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on October 23, 2023 at 1:27 pm

June 28th, 1974 grand opening ad posted.

bufffilmbuff on October 25, 2023 at 10:51 pm

Not originally a twin but maybe later. Along with the Terrace in Norfolk the two Ultravision theaters on that side of the bay. The poor Terrance was horribly twinned without adjusting where the seats were facing, a disaster since the building was round. There was also an Ultravision Twin in Newport News.

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