Southgate Dollar Cinemas

5955 Midlothian Turnpike,
Richmond, VA 23225

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Previously operated by: Trans-Lux Movies Corp.

Previous Names: Trans-Lux Theatre, Gemini Twin Cinemas

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Opened on December 25, 1970 as the twin screen Trans-Lux Theatre with Gig Young in “Lovers and Other Strangers” & Alan Arkin in “Catch-22”. On March 1, 1984 it was renamed Gemini Twin Cinemas. On July 21, 1989 it was renamed Southgate Dollar Cinemas. It operated at least in the late-1990’s and early-2000’s. They would show “Rocky Horror Picture Show” late at night.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

CT could use photos, both inside and out, and more info.

DJA

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on August 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

This theater opened in 1970 as the Trans-Lux Theatre. Trans-Lux sold it to the manager in 1984 and it became the Gemini Twin. Later it became the Southgate Dollar Cinemas. Each auditorium originally seated 408. One was blue and the other was gold. The curtain and wall-coverings were in these colors. They had Century projectors and ORC xenon lamps.

ghostman59
ghostman59 on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

wasn’t this the cinema that was down past cloverlief cinema on Midlothian pike and sat on the corner of the shopping center, if so I went to that theater all the time in the late 70s and early eighties one of my good friends back then her parents ran that theater, her name was Rhonda carter, and her step dad was jim. do you remember them?? man it was great going there, I saw raiders first time there, star trek 2, they were good people, I loved going there all the time and always got in free and free concessions, it was always fun being friends with someone who ran the theaters. I also loved the Patterson drive in and the ridge cinema and the westover, remember return of the jedi saw it there many times in its run. oh what fond memories.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Yes, ghostman59, you are correct about the Trans-Lux. Rhonda Carter is now married and living in Florida. I worked there as assistant manager and projectionist. Jim Robison, his wife Linda, his daughter Laurie, his step-daughters Janet and Jean, and his step-son Wesley all worked there. I have many happy memories of working there.

ghostman59
ghostman59 on February 14, 2021 at 2:25 pm

Robert Bradley dont know you have heard but Rhonda passed away 2 years back i was sad to learn of this and all the fond memories came back of the days of the the theatre and friends. thought you would want to know

robboehm
robboehm on February 14, 2021 at 4:02 pm

According to the first quarter of 1984 report of the Trans-Lux Corporation there was income of $60,000 from the sale of a lease of a theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Doesn’t take rocket science to figure this one out.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 26, 2022 at 7:24 am

This is the third set of twins to open in Richmondland in 1970 with the Trans-Lux opening on December 25th. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 26, 2022 at 6:22 pm

Reopened as the Southgate Dollar Cinemas on July 21st, 1989. Grand opening ad posted.

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