Cinema Cafe

5002 Airport Road NW,
Roanoke, VA 24012

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Neighborhood Theatres, Plitt Theatres, USA Cinemas

Previous Names: Terrace TheatreCrossroads Cinemas, Cinema Grill

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Located in the Crossroads Mall. The Terrace Theatre opened as a single screen on May 12, 1967 with James Coburn in “In Like Flint”. In 1973 it was taken over by Plitt Theatres. It was twinned in October 1983. Cineplex Odeon were the next operators from 1985 until 1990 when it was sold to Neighborhood Entertainment Inc. On December 15, 1995 it was taken over by USA Cinemas and renamed Crossroads Cinemas. It was closed in 1998 and later reopened as the Cinema Grill. From December 21, 2001 it operated as the Cinema CafĂ© which offered an expanded menu in addition to movies. It was closed in March 2015.

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Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

DickMorgan on July 29, 2005 at 2:49 am

This place is a dump!

RayBentley on January 23, 2006 at 1:45 pm

The theatre opened in 1967 with IN LIKE FLINT on a giant curved screen called ULTRAVISION (a poor man’s Cinerama). IN LIKE FLINT was especially fun for Roanoker’s because one of the undercover female spies claimed she was just a “little ol school teacher from Roanoke, VA”, a line that was used at least three times in the film. I bought the video just to hear it again.

Jtaylor83 on September 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Before this cinema served alcohol and became a bit more pricey, Me, my parents, and my little brother went to there and watched An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and we had popcorn, soft drinks, and I had some nachos, I think. This used to be a good theater until we went to the new Consolidated Theaters (which is now a Regal) across the Valley View Mall where there was a General Cinemas (which was now is currently unknown probably got turned into a restaurant, arcade, or a salon.

This cinema may not be a treasure to you, folks. But it was to me.

Dolphstar73 on September 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I would be interested to know whether this theatre was able to project the real Cinerama, 3 projector films. It certainly had the deep curved screen for them. I recall seeing 2001 A Space Odyssey there when it was first released as well as a few other movies that could take advantage of the screen but I am not sure whether they were single or 3 projector. As kids we used to go there on Saturday mornings and all we needed to get in was 6 bottle caps (from Dr. Peppers?). It wasn’t long before it began to decline although it became a fun spot for infamous midnight movies where a cloud of herbal smoke would quickly fill the entire theatre minutes after the show started. I had not seen it for decades but while visiting Roanoke recently noticed it appeared to be closed.

searay59 on March 18, 2015 at 11:43 am

Theater is now closed.

rivest266 on February 15, 2023 at 4:23 pm

Two screens in October 1983.

rivest266 on February 23, 2023 at 10:24 am

It was later taken over by Plitt in 1973 and Cineplex Odeon in 1985 who sold it to Neighborhood Entertainment, Inc. in 1990 and sold to USA Cinemas who reopened it as the Crossroads Cinema on December 15th, 1995. It closed in 1998 and reopened by James Duffy as the Cinema Grill. Still waiting to find out when its name changed to the Cinema Cafe. 1995 and 1999 grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on February 24, 2023 at 10:08 am

It placed its first ad as “Cinema Cafe” on December 21st. 2001. Another ad posted.

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