Richland Mall Theatres

3400 Forest Drive,
Columbia, SC 29204

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Litchfield Theatres, Plitt Theatres, Wilby-Kincey

Previous Names: Richland Mall Theatre

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Richland Mall Theatres

Located at the Richland Mall Shopping Center on Forest Drive, near N. Beltline Boulevard. The Richland Mall Theatre was outside the mall. It was opened on July 8, 1966 with Doris Day in “The Glass Bottom Boat”. It was the first indoor theatre to open in Columbia in 30 years. Operated by Wilby-Kincey/ABC Southeastern Theatres, it was equipped with 70mm capability, and had 750 rocking chair seats. It was twinned on December 27, 1974 and became a quad on November 9, 1984. The Richland Mall Theatres was closed on September 7, 1987.

Today Regal Columbia 7 Cinemas operates at another part of Richland Mall Shopping Center.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

raysson on May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

More information on Columbia’s Richland Mall Theater..

raysson on May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

This cinema was also under Plitt Southern Theatres too during the late-1970’s and early to mid-1980’s. It was operated under Cineplex Odeon before it closed in the mid-1990’s

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Plitt employees go to REMEMBERING PLITT theatres on FB,To share with old employees.

rivest266 on September 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Correction: It opened on July 8th, 1966. Grand opening ad with picture in photo section.

rivest266 on September 4, 2017 at 6:39 am

The 2nd screen opened on December 27th, 1974. Grand opening ad in the photo section

rivest266 on September 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

2 screens on December 27th, 1974 and 4 screens on November 9th, 1984. 2 more ads in the photo section.

50sSNIPES on March 4, 2023 at 5:42 pm

The Richland Mall Theatre was twinned on December 27, 1984, and became a quad on November 9, 1984. It was last operated by Litchfield Theatres and was last known as the “Richland Mall Theatres”. The Richland Mall Theatres closed for the final time on September 7, 1987.

raysond5366 on March 7, 2023 at 9:29 pm

CORRECTION: The Richland Mall Theatre opened on July 8, 1966 as a single screen theatre that seated 750 that was one of several ULTRAVISION theatres in the Carolinas that was equipped for showing 70mm presentations under Wiley Kincey Theatres(later under ABC Southeastern Theatres).

On December 27, 1974 it was twinned and was named The Richland Mall Theatres I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres and later under Plitt Southern Theatres as Richland Mall.

On November 9, 1984 it went from two to four screens when the original auditoriums were split down the middle making it shoebox size auditoriums with smaller screens when the theatre was operated under Plitt Theatres and Cineplex Odeon Cinemas until it’s closing on September 7, 1987 when operators began construction on the expansion of the Richland Mall.

MSC77 on August 10, 2023 at 11:33 am

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-published article “70mm Presentations in Columbia: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1966-Present”.

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