Southbend Silver Screens Cinemas

8781 S. Lewis Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74137

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Previously operated by: Entertainment Management Inc.

Previous Names: Riverlanes Twin Theatre, Southside Cinema Twin

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June 1978

The Riverlanes Twin Theatre was opened on March 17, 1975 with Helen Hayes in “Herbie Rides Again” & John Dale in “Pardon My Blooper”. The building was a pre-fab multiple business building that upon first glance would not lend itself to being a movie theatre. It was closed on October 17, 1976. Taken over by Entertainment Management Inc it reopened as the Southside Cinema Twin in November 4, 1977. I saw movies there as late as 1984 but it closed on October 3, 1985 with “Mad Max & "E.T.” The shopping center was renamed Southbend Center and the cinema reopened on December 4, 1987 as the Southbend Silver Screens Cinemas. It closed on January 12, 1989. The theatre was small and very “no frills.

In 1990 it became Guts nightclub and in 1991 it became the Harmony Church.

Contributed by Mark B Suggs

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dallasmovietheaters on December 7, 2022 at 7:33 am

The Riverlanes Twin Cinema appears to have opened in the Riverlanes Shopping Center on March 17, 1975 with “Herbie Rides Again” and “Pardon My Blooper.” The Riverlanes closed on October 17, 1976, a dismal failure for GCE.

Entertainment Management Corporation of Dallas took on the venue and renamed it the Southside Cinema Twin in November of 1977 as a second-run discount house. Oddly, the venue became the first theater in Tulsa to convert a screen to Dolby optical sound at a cost of some $25,000 where patrons could see a remastered “Pete’s Dragon” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Seat count was reduced to two identical 254-seat auditoriums for a total of 508 seats.

The venue eked out ten years of leasing but faded on October 3, 1985 with “Mad Max” and “E.T.” on discount sub-run pricing of just a dollar for show and seat. It resurfaced under a new operator in 1986 as the (two words) South Side Cinema closing on March 27, 1987 with live entertainment.

The shopping plaza was renamed the Southbend Shopping Center and the venue was relit one last time as the Southbend Silver Screens Cinemas operating from December 4, 1987 through final closure on January 12, 1989. In 1990, it became a live nightclub called Guts. In 1991, it became a house of worship under the banner of the Harmony Church.

rivest266 on December 7, 2022 at 10:36 am

First ad as Riverlanes Twin appeared on March 15th, 1975. It reopened on November 4th, 1977, as the New South Side Cinema I & II. Grand opening ad posted.

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