Cinema III

5290 W. Main Street,
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Architects: William C. Riseman

Firms: William Riseman Associates

Previous Names: Maple Hill Cinema I & II

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Cinema III

Originally a twin-screen cinema which opened on May 25, 1973, and operated by General Cinema Corp. It was designed by William Riseman Associates Architects. The larger auditorium had 640-seats and the smaller auditorium had 380-seats. The larger auditorium was split on June 2, 1978. It was closed in March 1998 and demolished in 2004.

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Twistr54 on June 8, 2005 at 11:32 am

My first job was at this theatre in 1980.It had already been split into a 3 screen by then. It was run by General Cinema. No Dolby Stereo,plane auditoruims,and crappy screens. this was one of 2 ‘arm pit’ theatres in Kalamazoo.( Eastowne 5 was the other)
Some of the pictures that ran while I was there : Friday the 13th ( pt, 1 !!), Xanadu, the Shining, Fame, Coal Miners Daughter, Blue Lagoon, The Nude Bomb,( a Maxwell Smart Get Smart for the big screen)
it was a bomb. Herbie Goes Bananas, re release of 101 Dalmations.
I have some pictures, ill scan them and post them here. Really not much to see, LOL.

owenskel on December 16, 2008 at 1:25 pm

The theater closed in March 1998. I worked there from 1995-1998. Business was down, every now and then it would have Disney animated movie and do some good business, but then the Kalamazoo 10 opened in the same mall area in late 1997, and the cinema was forced to close. Movies that played when I was there, Pochohantas, Toy Story, Jumangi, Jerry Maguire, Birdcage, Austin Powers, My Best Friends Wedding.

Twistr54 on December 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

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This should take you to some photos.

JAlex on July 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

The original configuration as a two-screener had larger “auditorium” seating 640; the smaller 380.

rivest266 on April 14, 2024 at 3:09 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 15, 2024 at 11:56 am

Three screens on June 2nd, 1973, by subdivision of the largest screen and closed in March 1998 after everyone went to the Kalamazoo 10 instead.

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