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Fred Lynch

Town Plaza Twin Cinema

Posted Monday, December 22, 2014, at 12:00 AM

Dec. 14, 1973 Southeast Missourian

New business faces added to the city's growing retail and service picture. Kerasotes Theaters will formally open its new Town Plaza Cinema 1 and 2 next Friday evening, with first showings beginning at 7 o'clock. The new twin theater, located at the west end of the shopping center, features two auditoriums, each with a seating capacity of 286 persons, a total of 572. Cinema 1 will open with "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and Cinema 2 with "American Graffiti." The theater building has a 54-foot frontage and 115-foot depth, the new outlet making the theater chain's fourth in the city. The firm operates 104 movie houses in Missouri and Illinois.

Steve McClanahan, who has managed one of the chain's houses in Highland, Ill., will be manager-operator of the local cinema. Others operated here by the firm are New Broadway, Rialto and Star Vue, the latter a drive-in. The new structure represents an investment of around $250,000. The company plans to open a similar hew house in Poplar Bluff during Christmas week with Miles Standish as a manager-operator. Locally, each of the twin cinemas will show different pictures at the same time, one of them usually showing family type films. Plans are for Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees.

Dec. 22, 1973 Southeast Missourian advertisement

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