Manchester 9 Cinemas

1279 S. Willow Street,
Manchester, NH 03103

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Previously operated by: Canad Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, Regal Entertainment Group

Functions: Bingo Hall, Casino, Nightclub

Previous Names: South Willow Street Cinemas

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Manchester 9 Cinemas

Opened on July 3, 1981 as a four screen theatre operated by Canad Cinemas. In 1985 anouther four screens were added. The Willow Street Cinemas was operated by Hoyts Cinemas in the later 1990’s a one more screen was added. Seating was listed at 1,980. This nine screen cinema fell under the Regal banner in 2003 and became known as the Manchester 9 Cinemas. Regal closed the cinema on September 21, 2008.

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aktubm on May 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Theater has closed and now has bingo hall, poker and Players Nightclub.

funkycarter on May 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

Before Hoyts took over this location in the late nineties, it was owned by Canad and had been around for a long time. I saw Return of the Jedi here in 1983 when it was only a four screen theater. In 1985 or so the building was renovated and the five additional, smaller screens were added. I can’t find any information about Canad — or when the theater originally opened anywhere, unfortunately.

Koldbern on July 11, 2022 at 10:16 pm

It is a casino. Blackjack, poker, roulette, etc. The food is nice, too. If you have clear enough memories of the Regal 9, you may find it really fascinating just walking around, and seeing just how they used each of the available spaces.

50sSNIPES on October 8, 2023 at 11:31 am

The South Willow Street Cinemas started life as a quad, but opened slowly throughout July 1981. The first two screens opened on July 3, 1981, while the other two screens opened on July 17, 1981.

Four more screens were added in 1985 bringing a total to eight screens, and one more was added the following year bringing a total to nine.

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