Harundale Cinema I & II

710 Aquahart Road,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Architects: William C. Riseman

Firms: William Riseman Associates

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Harundale Mall Cinema

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Harundale Cinema marquee mid 1980's

This theatre was located across from the Harundale Mall. Opened June 16 1964 with Stanley Baker in “Zulu”. It was a single screen theatre with 1,105 seats. It became a twin screen theatre June 17, 1973. It closed in 1989.

Contributed by RAY MARTIN

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

randytheicon on February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Refrost, 1988 is correct. Between UA Marley and Glen Burnie Town Center, GCC couldn’t compete. I think it was a dollar house in its very last days.

Ronnie, movie theatres are ideal candidates for conversion into churches: large rooms with good acoustics and room for plenty of seating. The Harlem in west Baltimore started out as a church, became a movie house, and reverted to a church. The State on Monument St. in east Baltimore became Pastor Naomi Durant’s church, and she made few changes to the auditorium (including the seats).

Scraggler on April 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

Yup, Empire Strikes back, Superman and all of the Disney movies my sister would take me to on Saturdays. Also saw Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter there and the audience (mostly high schoolers) talked and screamed during the whole thing. As much as that drives me crazy now, that was a really great communal experience.

JackCoursey on April 3, 2015 at 7:57 am

Does anyone have any interior shots? I am curious as to how much of the original design remains intact. It is a very large building even for a twin.

Josieclaws on August 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

I worked there in the middle 70s. I remember when the Exorcist was playing the line went down Aquahart rd. exciting times.

Ftopel on June 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Josieclaws, I don’t suppose you have any pictures? I realize it’s not something we ever thought of, working at movie theaters. A shame we took it for granted. I wish I’d taken more of Harbor IX and Annapolis Mall myself.

rivest266 on February 6, 2017 at 4:54 am

This opened on July 16th, 1964 with one cinema. The grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

rivest266 on February 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm

April 22nd, 1973 ad for construction can be found in the photo section for this cinema. It and the Perring Plaza Cinemas opened on June 17th, 1973 as twins.

Ftopel on May 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Visited the site last week. It was closed but took what pics I could through the windows of the interior as requested by JackCoursey.

JackCoursey on May 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

thanks for the interior shots! It appears that they have dropped the ceiling and leveled the floors. i am hoping that at least one of the auditoriums is still mostly intact from its day as a cinema as that this was one of the flagship theatres of the gcc chain.

Ftopel on May 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

The dining area is the left side of the building and meeting room was rear. Reflections on the glass made it impossible to see the right side.

I’m desperate for pics of the theater interior. I remember entering to approach the concession stand, with theater doors to the right. I recall if you turned around from the theaters there was a game room.

The big theater on the left seemed huge to me as an eight-year-old but it was probably a standard 300 seater. I definitely saw Back to the Future, Weird Science, Harry and the Hendersons, Howard the Duck and maybe more there.

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