Hillcrest 4 Theatres

617 N. Belt Highway,
St. Joseph, MO 64506

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Crown Cinema Corporation

Functions: Restaurant

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The Hillcrest 4 Theatres were the talk of St. Joseph, MO. when they opened on December 25, 1969. With a city of only single screen movie theatres, it was an exciting visit to 605 N. Belt Highway. Two big movies that had long runs in the early-1970’s were "The Hawaiians" and "Two Mules for Sister Sara". The movie "Norwood" for some strange reason had a nice run there when it was pulled after a couple weeks in other cities. They did tie the "True Grit" connection with Kim Darby and Glen Campbell starring. Hillcrest 4 theatres also introduced twilight pricing with low ticket rates during the day. It was closed in December 1999. By 2018 it was occupied by the New China Super Buffet restaurant.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm

AMC i think was founded in Missouri.

jasonmovieman on February 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Worked here during my high school years, from 1992-1995. Great place to work. However, it was so worn out and falling apart. Great memories!

MovieMan on August 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hillcrest 4 closed in December 1999. The correct address is 617 N. Belt Highway (it is on the odd number side). As to the earlier comments, Richard Durwood owned Crown Cinema Corp. including the Hillcrest. His brother Stan Durwood was AMC. Both companies were officed in Kansas City. Crown Cinema operated from the VFW building.

CTCrouch on April 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

In 1977, the Hillcrest 4 hosted the “world premiere” of the super cheesy movie “Supervan” (the movie had been filmed in the area).

Chris1982 on October 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

Opened on Thursday, December 25, 1969, Adults $1.75, Students with AMC Cards $1.25, under 12 $.75 Grand Opening films were: James Garner in “Marlowe”, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, Steve McQueen in “The Reivers” and “This Is My Alaska”.

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