Dunes Cinema 1 & 2
8000 Melton Road,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.
Located in Miller on the eastern outskirts of Gary, IN. General Cinema opened this twin February 23, 1973. The opening attractions were “A Seperate Peace” and “Shamus”. The Dunes Cinema 1 & 2 was one of three twins GCC had in Northwest Indiana in the early to mid-1970’s. The Dunes Cinema 1 & 2 was furthest East and somewhat out of the way. The theater was best known for playing Disney films and the blaxploitation and karate films of that time. A certain reputation (not entirely unfounded) for rough crowds grew. The theater also played second run films that after their engagements at the other two GCC twins.
GCC tried to change the reputation at the Dunes Cinema 1 & 2 by opening films that were exclusive to the area. Films such as “Bad News Bears in Breaking Training” and “The Betsy” were very successful in their runs there. The biggest success the theater ever had was its engagement of “The Goodbye Girl” which ran 16 weeks, which was quite astounding for this theater which normally changed at least one movie a week.
By the early-1980’s the area had become rough and the crowds started to dwindle. In 1982 GCC made the Dunes Cinema 1 & 2 a dollar house which only made things worse. After a robbery and further dwindling business GCC closed the Dunes Cinema 1 & 2 in early-1984. Its final attractions were “Terms of Endearment” and “Never Cry Wolf”. Though the marquee is long gone the white bricked building stood in the virtually empty Dunes Plaza for many years. It was demolished in early-2016.
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