Movieland 8 Theatres

200 Thruway Plaza Drive,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Dipson Circuit, General Cinema Corp.

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Thruway Mall Cinema I-II-III

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Movieland 8 Theatres

This theatre building was previously occupied by Thruway Cinema 8 which opened on December 16, 1977. On December 5, 1986 it was expanded to eight screens. It was closed in 1999. It reopened on June 1, 2001 by Dipson Theatres. They closed the theatre in 2002.

Movieland 8 Theatres moved to this location on February 6, 2004. It was closed May 11, 2015.

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buildersent on May 12, 2015 at 5:11 am

This theater is history. What was a very nice theater 11 years ago when movieland took it over after Dipsons failed attempt at running a discount theater – was run right into the ground. From the first month the place started going downhill.

Hopefully Dipson will take it on as a reduced price theater as the Buffalo market would easily support it.

crunchocky on May 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I don’t know that after Dipson failed there already that they would be inclined to try again (especially since as previously indicated the complex only has 3 digital projectors for 8 screens). Perhaps if DDR gave them a sweetheart lease they would consider it. I don’t think it’s anything anyone would want as a first run theatre. With it being as close to the Galleria as it is I’d imagine you would have to share product with Regal, which would put the operator in much the same situation Dipson is in currently at McKinley (going second-run because they couldn’t get enough high grossing first run product away from Regal at Quaker Crossing).

buildersent on March 28, 2017 at 5:03 am

After driving by that area a few times in the last month there is activity in the building. Workers from the gas company looking like they are adding a new gas line, there were a dozen cars in the lot with people going in and out of the theater on numerous days. Something is obviously going on.

Hopefully dispon bought the place since they have had huge success with McKinley Mall as a discount theater (on weekends the place is sold out completely).

buildersent on June 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm

This theater is gone forever. Believe it or not a church bought the place for 1.2 million.

I went here for years when it was GCC, AMC, Dipson and Movieland. Too bad Dipson didn’t lease the place as Buffalo needs a second run theater.

JMC Entertainment ran this place into the ground as they did Como/Appletree 8. Too bad.

The last films played here were 50 Shades of Gray, Danny Collins, Big Hero 6, Run All Night,While We’re Young.

Movieland 8 closed on May 11, 2015 and opened in 2004.

MSC77 on July 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Does anyone have a more precise date than “mid 1980s” for the conversion to eight screens?

rivest266 on September 27, 2022 at 11:21 pm

General Cinema opened it as the Thruway Mall Cinema I-II-III on December 16th, 1977. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on October 7, 2022 at 3:18 am

The Thruway Mall Cinema expanded to eight screens on December 5th, 1986. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on October 14, 2022 at 11:51 am

Closed in 1999 and reopened on June 1st, 2001, by Dipson Theatres.

rivest266 on October 14, 2022 at 11:26 pm

And reopened as Movieland on February 6th, 2004, by the owners of the AppleTree 6. Ad posted.

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