2475 Southlake Mall,
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General Cinema opened this four screen theater December 15, 1978. This was the first theater to be built in Northwest Indiana that wasn’t a single or twin so excitement was high. The theater was just east of the relatively new Southlake Mall. It’s opening attractions were “Superman” (on two screens), “Lord of the Rings” (the lousy animated version), and “King of the Gypsies”. The theater was an instant success and became General Cinema’s highest grossing theater in the country.
On May 24, 1985 General Cinema added five screens on and re-did the entire lobby without ever closing its doors. The five theaters were small in size but it gave them the opporutnity to put a hit film on more then one screen. In 1991 Loews opened the Merrillville ten screen multiplex right across the street which cut into business some. Several miles away in Schererville, Kerasotes opened the Showplace 16 in 1994 which also took away some business.
The Southlake Cinema was closed in January 2006 and was demolished later that year.
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