Hoyts Waterville 6

250 Kennedy Memorial Drive,
Waterville, ME 04941

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Cinemas, Lockwood & Gordon Enterprises

Architects: Mel C. Glatz

Firms: Mel C. Glatz & Associates

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Cinema 1 & 2, Cinema Center Sixplex

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Hoyts Waterville 6

Opened on February 21, 1968 as a twin. Cinema 1 seated 700 and Cinema 2 seated 480. It had wall to wall curved screens, rocking chair seats. White walls, red seats and screens (with side masking) had curtains. Cinema 1 opened with Spencer Tracy in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and Cinema 2 opened with Julie Andres in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.

Two additional theatres were added in 1971. Both Cinemas 3 and 4 seated 200. They were just smaller versions of Cinema 1 and 2.

In 1977 Cinema 1 was split into 2 theatres. In 1979 the original Cinema 2 was split into two 200 seat theatres.

Closed in March 2002, it became a church.

Contributed by Duane Luce

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm






1980-1985 SBC Management Corporation?

1990-2002 Hoyts Cinema Corporation?

mhvbear on June 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

It was an SBC theater as early as mid 70’s. I am not sure but was a Lockwood & Gordon theater when built. They aslo owned the State theater in Waterville as well as the Haines Theater.

Irishize41 on October 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My Dad was the manager at this theater when it was Cinema 1 and 2. I remember collecting for the Jimmy Fund…we would go and help him. Many nights he would bring home the left over popcorn!

mhvbear on January 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

The marque always had Cinema Center on the top with Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 underneath. If a film switched theaters they would change the switch the 1 & 2 on the marquee. When they added the additional 2 theaters the numbers would be switched inside. I saw “Harold and Maude” in Cinema 1. It actually played 3 days. Sunday through Tuesday before “The Godfather” opened that Wednesday. That was still during the time when theaters booked select films Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday through Tuesday. During the period when it was still Cinema 1 and 2, they had what was call Cinema Center Series when select foreign films would play for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. Such as “Ulysses”, “Elvira Madigan”, “The Two of Us”, “The Bride Wore Black”. Films that would not be able to play for a full week. These series would run for 2 weeks 2 or 3 times a year.

joesorce on November 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Lockwood & Gordon built this twin cinema after the Haines theatre downtown burned to the ground. It was first opened as “Cinema 1 and 2” and later re-named “Cinema Center” when 2 additional screens were added. Did not have rocking chair seats but they did recline (red seats in all auditoriums). Longest-running feature was “Smokey and the Bandit” at 26 weeks, (and it returned several times afterwards) biggest bomb was “Harold and Maude”(3days, 17 patrons).

Cinema 1 was the setting for a riot in the mid 70’s when “Midnight shows” became a popular fad. “Night of the Living Dead” oversold and unruly patrons overturned the boxoffice and broke windows.

Waterville was also home to one of the few “Jerry Lewis Cinemas” which became the “PLaza Cinema” and eventually a porn house. It was located on Upper Main Street where “Arby’s” is currently located and seated 325.

Skinny-Dipping Steve
Skinny-Dipping Steve on April 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

I remember this movie theater. It was my favorite movie theater. I saw movies there growing up. I miss it very, very much! I was sad when it closed down in 2002. But there’s now Flagship Cinemas which is located across the street and that now is my favorite movie theater!

joesorce on April 18, 2017 at 2:26 am

It really should be listed as “Cinema Center” since that’s how it was known for 30 years, first under Lockwood & Gordon and later under SBC Theatres. Hoyts purchased in late 90s and ran it into the ground due to poor management & lack of upkeep. For several years, between maybe 1970-1985….it was notable as the highest-grossing theatre complex in all of New England/ per person based on the size of the community.

rivest266 on August 18, 2022 at 9:01 am

On May 12th, 1971, it became the largest cinema complex in Maine when screens 3 & 4 opened. Screen 5 opened by subdivision opened on July 1st, 1977, and screen 6 opened by another subdivision on June 1st, 1979. SBC sold it to Hoyt’s from Australia in 1986 who closed it in April 2002. Grand opening ad posted.

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