Westgate Art Cinemas

160 Westgate Mall,
Madison, WI 53711

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Previously operated by: Marcus Theatres

Previous Names: Westgate Cinemas

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Westgate Art Cinemas

The Westgate Cinemas opened as a twin on December 20, 1978. It was operated by Marcus Theatres. Created out of a carved out section of a former JC Penney department store.

Located in the fading Westgate Mall it became a quad screen. Toward the end they tried art films, Bollywood, stand-up comedy, and serving drinks in order to stay open. Due to competition for the art/indie crowd from the nearby Sundance theatres, the Westgate Art Cinemas closed on December 14, 2008.

The closed theatre could still be seen down a lonely corridor in what remained of the mall, the poster boxes silently facing the hallway. It was demolished in early-2021.

Contributed by Trolleyguy

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Trolleyguy on July 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm

There are plans to completely demolish what remains of this mall. That means the former theatre space will be gone forever.

LeslieB on November 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

This was part of the Marcus Theatres. It originally opened on December 20, 1978. It was originally called Westgate Cinemas or Westgate Cinema I and II.

Trolleyguy on June 8, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Status should be changed to demolished. The entire mall was taken down recently to be replaced by new development.

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