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Flint Cinema


Address: 4502 S Dort Hwy
City: Flint State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Genesee
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Open: 1967 Closed: 1986 Capacity: 1000    
Owner: W. S. Butterfield
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 4611
 
 

9/16/2013 - Tim
I saw the movie Grease there about 10 times. I also remember fame, raiders of the lost ark and so many others. I went to church right off Hemphill.
1/16/2012 - Michael
I remember seeing many movies here. I think Return of the Jedi was the last movie to play there. They milked that crowd until it died down. They closed and the plastic sign had RETURN OF THE JEDI for quite a while after the building closed. They were up so long that they began to fall down and decay.

I also remember after it closed a friend and I (15 at the time) noticed the back exit doors were ajar. We went in several times. It was sad. Vandals ripped the screen to shreds and stole the speakers from the wall.

It was very creepy to be in a dark, ransacked theater. It was a nice theater for it's time. I saw Airplane! there. Loved it.

11/17/2011 - Valerie
I grew up in the neighborhood right behind this theater and I remember when it was being built. I used to visit with the ladies that worked in the ticket booth. Occasionally they would ask the boss if I could see the movie for free. I worked at Niki's Coney Island during all those Star Wars movie releases. That was crazy.

The line would wrap around the theater for tickets and the tables in the restaurant seemed to remain busy while the movie was showing. Flint Cinema was one of the biggest theaters that I can remember. The first movie I can recall seeing at that theater was the Jungle Book.

9/8/2011 - JerryD
David. I think you have got the Flint Cinema mixed up with the EastlandMall Theatre. Star Wars, Close Encounters and Empire Strikes Back played first run engagements at the Eastland Mall. The only one in 70mm was Empire Strike Back which was installed in 1980 for the Empire showing. Alien was also presented in 70mm but in a 2nd/rerun engagemet in 1981.

The Eastland Mall was a large single screen theatre from 1969 thru 1983, it was converted to double sceen in 83. The screen was 30' by 40' in the single screen auditotium, seating 790. The Flint Cinema was also a large single screen theatre with seating of 1000. Both Raiders played at the Flint Cinema in 70mm.

The Flint Cinema closed for good in the 1986 and was torn down sometime in the middle 90's. National Amusements closed the original two screen Eastland Mall in 1992. The Eastland Mall was re-opened in 1996 by Landmark Co. after they added an additional building and 4 more screens.

Nationa Amusements again took over the operation of the complex in 19996 and operated them until approx. 2008 when they shut down again. Neighborhood Theatres re-opened the complex i n 2011 and they are currently running, as the Courtland Cinemas. I was there.

JerryD.
9/5/2011 - David
I remember seeing Star Wars, Close Encounters, Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other 70s/80s blockbusters in 70mm at the Flint Cinema. It had the largest screen I think I've ever seen and the auditorium was massive. I saw Alien with friends when it was first released there. They wanted to sit near the back: it was almost like watching the movie on a small, distant TV because the theater had so many rows! It was a huge place. Eventually, the theater was split up into three smaller (but still quite large) theaters.

To me, the Flint Cinema will remain a folkloric element of growing up around Flint.
1/16/2009 - Jennifer Harris
My brother and father went to see Star Wars in the 80s. I didn''t want to get out of the car. Dad,With a cigarette in his mouth,Have some popcorn. Mom drove me home. Mom watched,I think Sneak Previews,Because at the movies was on Saturday Nights.

I wanted popcorn,so I brought out the Kernals,and the popcorn popper,but didn''t know how to make it. Mom said,You would''ve gotten some Popcorn at the movie. Brother and dad also saw Return of the Jedi there,too.

5/27/2008 - Craig
The Flint Cinema was the greatest theater in Flint. Massive screen and comfortable seats. I spent many days there in the 1970''s. I had left Flint when it closed and I was heartbroken to hear it had shut down. It still hurts to drive by the old spot on the rare occasions I am back in town.

5/21/2008 - JerryD
The Flint Cinema, was a single screen auditorium, with a seat count of 1000. The Cinema had 70MM capability and the fist Indy Jones was presented in 70MM, not sure about number 2. Great picture presentation.
5/13/2008 - Scott
This theater had only 2 screens, which were wide-screens, and made for great viewing. I saw Patton and Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom here. I would have rated the theater 5 stars, but the popcorn was terrible.
Flint Cinema - ADVANCE AUTO PARTS ON SITE FROM GARY FLINN
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS ON SITE FROM GARY FLINN
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OLD SITE OF THE FLINT CINEMA FROM GARY FLINN
Flint Cinema - OLD SITE OF THE FLINT CINEMA FROM GARY FLINN
OLD SITE OF THE FLINT CINEMA FROM GARY FLINN
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OPENING AD FROM GARY FLINN

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