Westgate Cinema

445 S. Central Expressway,
McKinney, TX 75069

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Previously operated by: Cinemark, Jerry Lewis Cinemas, Showcase Theatres, Texas Cinema Corporation

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema

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Westgate Cinema

Located on US-75. The Jerry Lewis Cinema opened on July 5, 1972 with George C. Scott in “The Hospital”. In March 1973 it was renamed Westgate Cinema. It was closed in late February 1986 and demolished in early-1995.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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rivest266 on October 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm

They were selling franchises in LIFE. View link

dallasmovietheaters on February 20, 2016 at 3:47 am

The Jerry Lewis Cinema was called that for less than one year changing names to the Westgate Cinema in March of 1973 when the Lewis brand was cratering. Later, the Westgate Cinema was operated by William B. Boren’s fledgling circuit consisting of the Eastgate Cinema in Garland, the Wilshire Showcase I & II in Euless, Cineworld 4 and Lancaster Showcase in Fort Worth and two theaters in Blackwell, OK.

50sSNIPES on August 11, 2019 at 5:57 am

Who Knows The Real Address on Highway 75?

50sSNIPES on September 15, 2019 at 7:02 am

According To Google Earth, It Was Demolished In Very Early 1995. It Was Left Plain Grass As Old As March 7th, 1995.

dallasmovietheaters on May 22, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Operated for a short period by Cinemark Theatres

50sSNIPES on January 13, 2021 at 8:59 am

Did This Theater Ever Became Expanded To A Plex Or Does It Remain As A Single-Screener For The Rest Of Its Life?

50sSNIPES on January 13, 2021 at 1:15 pm

The Jerry Lewis Cinema Was First Planned During The First Few Days Of January 1972. The Westgate Shopping Center Then Opened It’s First Place Which Is A Retail Store “Interior Of Rice’s” On February 16, 1972. The Company Mitchell’s Also Opened It’s 50th Location In The Westgate 11 Days Later. Followed By A Safeway (2/29/72), Beall’s Department Store (Opened: 3/2/72), TG&Y Family Center (3/26/72), Among Others. Other Stores That Were Included Were Wards Drugs, The Sound Center (Later The Music Gallery), Sharon West, And Southern Maid Donuts. The Jerry Lewis Cinema Didn’t Open Until The Summer Of 1972.

50sSNIPES on December 15, 2022 at 1:48 pm

The Westgate Cinema was later operated by Texas Cinema Corporation after its short-lived ownership of Showcase Theatres. The Texas Cinema Corporation also operated the city’s Ritz Theatre and the McKinney Drive-In as well.

Also according to the website CinemaTour, there was another cinema in McKinney back in the day called Cinema McKinney, and was also operated by the Texas Cinema Corporation; but unfortunately I don’t know anything else about it.

50sSNIPES on February 19, 2024 at 9:47 am

The actual opening date is July 5, 1972 with George C. Scott in “The Hospital”.

The Westgate Cinema closed for the final time in late-February 1986, leaving McKinney without a movie house until the launch of Cinemark’s Movies 10 (now Movies 14) in June 1994.

50sSNIPES on February 22, 2024 at 7:32 am

Throughout portions of the mid-1980s, the Westgate Cinema was listed as a major burglary hotspot.

  • On August 31, 1984, its scheduled run of “Gremlins” was cancelled due to the manager reporting an unknown person snuck into the projection booth and destroyed the entire print.

  • On February 21, 1985, two unidentified men allegedly stole a carton of assorted cigarettes worth $300 from the Safeway Supermarket before going straight to the Westgate Cinema while it closed for the night before stealing a metal box containing more than $600 in cash.

  • On June 14, 1985, more than $400 were robbed after an unknown person hid inside the auditorium after an unknown movie was finished and waited until all employees left for the night. He took the theater’s cash box and fled afterward.

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