Northshore Cinema I-II-III
Photo from the Steve Pritzker collection
210 Andover St|
Peabody MA 01960
|Record #5176 |
Opened: May 29, 1963|
Closed: April 30, 1997
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Keith Spofford.
When I was in high school, I worked as an usher one summer at the General Cinema Theatres in Peabody at what was then Northshore Shopping Center (now Northshore Mall).
The original building housed 2 cinemas and was called Cinema I & II up until 1976 when they split Cinema I in half to make 2 theatres. I watched as they tore this building down a couple of years ago and it brought back many memories.
This theatre was very popular in the 1960s when it was built (around 1964) and well into the 1970s, I remember seeing "The Towering Inferno" there along with many others. A Holiday Lanes was built along with it (and both buildings were attached to eachother) it to the left but was demolished first back in 1981 to make room for a supermarket parking lot.
The theatre, although not old and certainly very well maintained until it closed in the 90's was a victim of changing tastes since much bigger chains were built around it (Showcase Cinemas in Andover and Loews Cineplex in Danvers). The last movie I ever saw (I dont remember the name of it) in the Cinema I, II & III was with just a handful of other people and I can remember thinking that I couldn't understand how they could stay open since it was on a Saturday night and that was their busiest night of the week.
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