Bonne Terre Cinema 1 & 2

2301 Main Street,
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres, Mid-America Cinema Corp.

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Bonne Terre Cinema 1 & 2

Opened on February 14, 1973, by Mid-America Theatres of St. Louis. This was their typical proto twin cinema. The opening movies were Barbra Streisand in “What’s Up, Doc?” & Omar Sharif in “Doctor Zhivago”. It was an all-red brick building with the entrance at the right side of the front of the building. You walked into the lobby with the box office on the right and directly behind was the concession area. Behind that was the manager’s office and the restrooms.

The twin auditoriums, each had 300-seats, were to the left of the lobby. Both the lobby and the auditoriums were done in red with gold trim and there was plenty of dark paneling in the lobby area. The theatre closed in 1997.

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JAlex on January 17, 2008 at 2:40 am

Venue opened in 1973.

50sSNIPES on February 10, 2024 at 1:44 am

Once operated by Kerasotes.

50sSNIPES on February 15, 2024 at 10:06 pm

The actual opened date is February 14, 1973 with “What’s Up Doc” at Screen 1 and “Doctor Zhivago” at Screen 2. It originally opened with 600 seats (with 300 in each auditorium). The original manager of the theater is Farmington resident Bill Hickman.

Screen 1 features all red draperies with red seats while Screen 2 features black and red draperies with black seats and red aisle carpeting. Some original installations include Cinemeccanica projection and Xenon lamps (both installed by the Ringold Cinema Equipment Company) as well as Altec-Lansing stereo sound equipment. The lobby area is also paneled with wainscoted paneling in both auditoriums. The building itself is completely fireproof and contains a total of 6,000ft of space.

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