Springs 3 Theatre

3318 E. Silver Springs Boulevard,
Ocala, FL 34470

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: ABC Florida State Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Springs Theatre, Springs 1-2

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The Springs Theatre opened on July 17 1970. ABC owned this theatre when it opened. On January 23, 1975 a second screen was added. Then in 1979, a third screen was added. Seating was listed at 1,200. ABC was followed by Plitt Theatres in 1978, Cineplex Odeon in 1987 and finally Carmike in 1995.

The theatre closed in 1998 and is now the Center Point Community Church.

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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

Adam on March 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I’m trying to find more info on it. I know carmike owned it in my hometown for awhile and there looking up some old pics for me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

In 1970 this would have been an ABC Florida State Theatres Ultravision Theatre. A similar one opened in Deerfield Beach just a few months later.

Adamthemoviefan on August 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

I miss the one in my hometown they tore it down.

SilverScreener87 on January 2, 2017 at 5:19 am

I just discovered this website while doing some research for a writing project, and I’m very pleased to see someone is keeping the torch lit (we lose so many great and historic theaters every year)! I’m sorry to read (above) that the old “round theater” finally lost the fight. I have a lot of good memories of that place. I worked behind the candy counter in 1987, when I was 16, and we did call it the Cineplex Odeon then, though I remember still seeing the Plitt name on things. We had a really nice guy as our manager, but I’m terrible with names…maybe Jeff? Mike? He had a mustache, I do remember that. I remember watching some great movies for free (best part of the job, of course) that summer: Full Metal Jacket, Spaceballs, The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, La Bamba, Stakeout, Dragnet, Lethal Weapon, Robocop. And, of course, I saw many more there as a kid growing up in Ocala. And I DEFINITELY remember the kiddie movie festival on Saturday mornings. We were overrun with screaming toddlers, restless elementary schoolers, and some very stressed out moms. It was a total circus, but kinda fun, too. Of course, I wasn’t the one cleaning the aisles and seats, soooo….. Anyway, my original reason for happening onto this page was to see if I could find out if Jurassic Park (1993) ever played in this theater. I’m pretty sure I watched it at Cinemas West, but I’d like to know if it was possible to have seen it here. Anyone??

Adam on May 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

The same looking theater in my home town. The plaza theatre it’s gone now but I saw Robocop and missing in action part 3.

JackCoursey on August 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Did this theatre run 70mm and was it ever a Cinerama

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 11, 2023 at 7:40 pm

Probably not. Cinerama projection was dead by 1970 and ABC wasn’t investing in 70mm in Florida by then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2023 at 12:04 am

This was an Ultra-Vision house, using a system developed by Wil-Kin Theater Services. In time, more than sixty Ultra-Vision theaters were opened, and as far as I know all of them were in the southeast. The system could be used with either 35 or 70mm projectors, but I think most of the houses used 35mm to keep overall costs down. Information about the system is sparse on the Internet, but as near as I can tell it uses dual projectors with their beams sent through an apparatus that blends the images seamlessly on a curved, lenticulated screen. The system was premiered at the Terrace Theater in Asheville, N.C., in 1968.

rivest266 on May 24, 2024 at 11:31 am

On January 23rd, 1975, the second cinema was added to the south side of the building. Grand opening ad posted.

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