Bennington Movieplex 3

125 Phylis Lane,
Bennington, VT 05201

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Previously operated by: Cinema North Corporation

Previous Names: Cinema I & II, Cinema I, II, III, Cinema 7-Annex

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As Bennington Cinema 2 in 1974, photo via Stephen Frank.

Located on Route 67A at Ames Plaza. This opened as a twin on March 3, 1972 with Sean Connery in “Diamonds are Forever” & Gene Hackman in “The French Connection”. In June 1987 Cinema II was divided and it became a 3-plex. The 7-screen Bennington Cinemas opened a block away in early summer of 1995 and the Cinema I, II, III was closed. It briefly reopened on June 23, 1997 as Cinema 7-Annex, but closed later in 1995. It reopened as the Bennington Movieplex 3 on June 27, 1997. The building stands vacant in summer of 2020 awaiting use as office space.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

joemasher on May 3, 2005 at 4:35 am

This theatre has been closed for a few years now. It originally was a twin, then one side was split again to make it three. There is a new theatre next door—called Cinema 7.

baffled on June 13, 2005 at 2:18 pm

I saw “The Untouchables” and “Rivers Edge” there in 1987 with my first girlfriend. Sorry to hear it didn’t make it.

DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

1974 photo as Bennington Cinema 2 added via Stephen Frank.

50sSNIPES on May 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm

The Cinema I & II Opened Its Doors On March 4th, 1972 With Diamonds Are Forever On Screen 1 And The French Connection On Screen 2. It Was A Twin First-Run Theater Until The Middle Of May 1987, Where Renovations Were Constructed At Screen #2, And Divided To Make Way For A Triplex And Became A 3-Screener In June 1987. When The 7-Plex Located A Block Away Opened In The Early Summer Of 1995, The 3-Screener Location Closed, But Reopened For A Brief Time On June 27th, 1997 And Closed Afterwards. Nowadays The Building Was Still There And Was Placed On Sale For Office Space.

rivest266 on June 7, 2020 at 9:10 am

Opened on March 3rd, 1972. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on June 7, 2020 at 10:05 am

One screen opened on June 23rd, 1995 to the end of 1995. It was called “Cinema 7 Annex”.

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