Westgate Cinema I & II

4565 South First Street,
Abilene, TX 79605

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Architects: Maurice D. Sornik

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Westgate Cinema

One of four units with the name Westgate that GCC had in the early-1970’s, the others being Brocton MA, Cleveland OH, Racine WI. This theatre opened as a single screen April 2, 1969. It was twinned in 1972. It closed in the early-1990’s and was demolished and replaced by a store.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

JamesEBohenek on October 29, 2006 at 11:13 pm

The theater was twinned before 1975, the year I moved from Abilene. The information about the seats facing the wrong direction is completely correct. The Exorcist was probably shown there before the twinning and the lines were long. I saw Camelot and Cabaret there. I never heard stereo sound. I think I saw Escape From Witch Mountain and definitely saw Island at the Top of the World there. The blue lighted screen had no curtain, a GCC standard.

JonathanInRandolph on May 8, 2008 at 2:30 am

Theres no K mart at the westage mall,, what have u been smoking?? LOL

The Westage Mall is still there, the Cinema is gone and the mall has been renovated and they have better stores in there now than they did back in the day.

Some of the stores in the mall include Best Buy, Macy’s & Old Navy

rivest266 on August 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

This opened as a single screen on April 2nd 1969. 2nd screen in 1972. ad at View link

Nooorm24 on February 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I worked at Westgate when I was in high school 12/09 – 06/81. It was the most fun I ever had at work.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Some records I have from General Cinema show they stopped running this on June 10, 1982. Is it possible somebody else took it over?

Nooorm24 on June 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

@ Scott, I quit working there about a year before that right after I graduated high school. It was definitely open longer than 6/10/82. But don’t know who operated it. It was a dollar theater for awhile after GCC. I used to go watch movies, but it seemed odd after working there so long. Sure hated to see it torn down. A lot of great memories.

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