Brookdale East Cinema

5801 John Martin Drive,
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Brookdale East Cinema 3

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Brookdale East Cinema

This three screen GCC house in the northern Minnespolis suburb of Brooklyn Center opened March 29, 1972. Seating was provided for 1,492 with 720-seats in Screen 1 and 386-seats in screens 2 & 3. In the late-1970’s Screen 1 was twinned.

Smoking was still allowed in cinemas at the time of opening. Brookdale offered "free" smoking loges. It was closed January 14, 1999.

The cinema still stands and has been used as a church.

Contributed by Kirk Besse

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

CSWalczak on May 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Scroll down on this page to see two pictures (below those of the UA theater) to see two pictures of theBrookdale East: View link.

bigred89 on May 10, 2011 at 4:28 am

It might have closed in 2000 but it wasn’t GCC then. When GCC closed it most of the concession stand went to Southtown as did some of the equipment.

dmmaasch on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Brookdale East opened in 1972 as a triplex seating 720 in Cinema I (with a GCC shadow box encase screen) and 386 in CinemasII & III. I believe that Cinema I was split into two theatres in 1978 or 1979. I always liked the design of this theatre, even with the painted concrete block. The layout was very efficient and the lobby attractive. In the evening, the lobby seemed to glow and welcome the theatre patrons.

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

This opened on March 29th, 1972 with three screens. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

50sSNIPES on December 11, 2022 at 11:33 am

Closed on January 14, 1999.

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