Westgate Cinema City

3221 Westgate Mall,
Cleveland, OH 44126

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Firms: William Riseman Associates

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Westgate Cinema City

This four-plex opened in the Westgate Mall in Fairview Park on June 30, 1971, and closed in 1986. The space where the theatre was is now the food court at Westgate. After GCC closed this four-plex, they opened a free standing six-plex on an out lot adjacent to Westgate Mall-that theatre is still in operation by AMC.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

RKwitkowski on April 18, 2006 at 3:01 am

I work for AMC at Ridge Park Square and I haven’t heard anything about a new Westgate Theatre (although that’s not to say that what you heard isn’t true).

moviefan03 on January 30, 2007 at 12:04 am

This theater closed in June 1988, exactly one day before Westwood Town Center up the road opened. The last films to play here were the first movies to show at the new Westwood Town Center. The new Westgate theater opened one year later.

Hibi on November 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I have many fond memories of going to the Westgate in the 70s when I was home from college in the summer. I seem to remember more than 4 cinemas however. Werent more added as time went on? Sorry to hear it’s gone. The mall too! Awful.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

This opened on June 30th, 1971 with the second cinema of the Southgate. View link

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Westgate 6-plex opening on June 3rd, 1989: View link

dave-bronx™ on March 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks for these ads MR – the CT page for the Westgate 6-plex is located here: /theaters/7738/

JJSingh on April 26, 2022 at 8:09 am

Back in 1987, I spent quite a few days here while working for the Cleveland Plain Dealer during a summer internship. My memory is perhaps failing me, but I swear one of the screens in this complex had no, well, screen. The film was projected against a reflective wall, but with no actual screen. Can anyone confirm this for me … or confirm that I’m hallucinating my memories now? Thanks!

Seattleprojectionist on April 26, 2022 at 2:33 pm

General Cinema placed their screens within a reflective surround structure in their older theaters. It was called the “Shadow Box”. This design feature was dropped by the middle of the 1970’s. New houses and remodels after that time had the screen surrounded by black masking.

JJSingh on April 26, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Seattleprojectionist — that’s amazing. Thank you! I grew up in San Diego so was not a GCC person. This was the first and only time I had seen a “screen” like this and I sometimes thought I must have dreamt it. Wow. Thanks!

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