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Mark Ogden
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I was going thru some old Film Yearbooks a little while back and was struck by how many circuits existed that have now vanished completely. Among those I remember:

General Cinema
United Artists
USA Cinemas

I didn't include Cineplex Odeon or Hoyt's because they were foreign chains that liquidated their US holdings but are still going elsewhere. How many can you add? Circuts whose name has disappeared completely, that is. If non-US, where were they?

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Robert E. Allen
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Fox West Coast
Shaw International

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Tony Bandiera Jr
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Syufy (Of the Cinedome fame) is also, IIRC, gone. I think Century Theatres bought them out.

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Martin McCaffery
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There are tons of lost regional chains. From the DC/MD/VA when I was there:
Jerry Lewis
I'm sure other former 224 members can fill in others

Down south: Martin theatres was huge. It eventually morphed into Carmike.

Wilby-Kincey was all over the south.

Moffit was Alabama regional

ABC was national.

Then there were the studio chains: Paramount-Publix,Fox etc.

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Mike Blakesley
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Excellence Theatres was in Montana, was absorbed by Essaness Theatres which was then absorbed by Carmike. (I might have the first two reversed.)

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Jeremy Weigel
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Litchfield Luxury Theatres LTD

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James Westbrook
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Video Independent, out of Oklahoma City. Originally known as Griffith Amusements.

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Mike Rivest
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In Canada:
NGC Cinemas (Canada)- later became Mann theatres in California.
France-Film - taken over by Cineplex Odeon
Famous Players
United Amusements (Cinémas Unis)- owned by Famous Players
Cinevic (Drive-ins in Quebec outside of the Montreal area)
Cinemas Fortune
Odeon Theatres (still in UK)
Canadian Odeon Theatres
Canadian Theatres
Consolidated Amusements (Montreal)- part of Famous Players
20th Century Theatres
La Québécoise adult cinemas
Rex Films
Allied Theatres
B & F Theatres
Western Amusements (Winnipeg)

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Joe Redifer
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United Artists (though their name is still on many buildings)

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David Zylstra
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quote: Mark Ogden

these 2 were the same company, Sony owned Loews and wanted to put their name on more buildings; then when they realized thier name was on some ugly buildings they went back to Loews.

Star Theatres (name is still on the buildings)
Plitt (I recall going to AMC/Plitt theatres as a kid)
Nicholas George
Suburban Detroit

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Rick Raskin
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A few more from the DC area:
Warner Brothers

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Christopher Crouch
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quote: Tony Bandiera Jr
I think Century Theatres bought them out.
Technically, Century is gone too (purchased by Cinemark)

A few more:
Silver/Super Saver
Trans-Lux (now just an LED sign company)

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Claude S. Ayakawa
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The original Consolidated Amusement Company in Hawaii was a locally owned theatre chain that was founded in 1917. It remain locally owned until it was purchased by Los Angeles based Pacific Theatres in 1959. As a division of Pacific Theatres, Consolidated's theatres was the best place to see movies, especially at the three theatres in Waikiki with that name. Beside the Waikiki 3s, there was the Cinerama, the Kuhio and the Waikiki IMAX, a 15/70 house. All of the theatres are gone now but the memories remain. After 49 years, Pacific Theatres sold Consolidated to a Reading International in 2008..


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Sam Graham
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In the upper Midwest...

Central States Theatre Corp (sold to CEC)

Midco (aka Mid-Continent) (sold theatres off to various chains including a significant number to Carmike, continues as a cable television company)

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Don Sneed
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In Texas:
ABC Interstate...
Long's Theaters...
Dollar Cinemas...
General Cinema...
Jefferson Amusement...
Gulf States...

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