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Northshore Cinema I-II-III

Photo from the Steve Pritzker collection.
210 Andover St
Peabody MA 01960

Demolished 1998
Record #5176  
 Opened: May 29, 1963
 Closed: April 30, 1997
 Demolished: 1998
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
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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Photos from the Steve Pritzker collection.

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