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Spring Valley Commons Theater, 9005 Two Notch Road: 1990s   4 comments

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This small multiplex was located in the Spring Valley Commons strip mall on Two Notch Road. I believe the complex has a strong grocery anchor, but the rest of the place has been pretty transient.

I can only recall seeing one movie at this venue, the baseball comedy Major League in 1989. Through an odd sequence of events, involving a teenager, my father had become the semi-involuntary weekend host of a USC Japanese exchange student who spoke no English. (I wonder from time to time how that whole "go to college in a country where you don't speak the language" thing worked out for him). At something of a loss as to how to entertain the guy, my father recruited my sister and me to take him to a movie. As it turned out, the movie had a Japanese grounds-keeper character who spoke only Japanese, so at least the kid was able to understand a few words of the movie.

The theater itself was fine, not memorable in any way, but certainly OK. It was a pretty volatile time in the cinema market though, and I don't believe the place made it more than a few years into the 90s. The space is now one of the ubiquitous "self storage" operations.

UPDATE 23 October 2012: Add full street address and tags.

Written by ted on December 19th, 2008

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  1. I loved this place. I think it only lasted until 91 or 92 at the latest. My folks would never take me to the movies because they thought they cost too much. I was so excited when this place opened cause I finally got to see some newer releases.

    BTW, the other anchor was a bi-lo.

    Mr Bill

    22 Dec 08 at 3:14 pm

  2. So glad to see this listed. I saw Snow White here as a child with my mother, and my day care once took us to a movie here. I'm pretty sure it was Gremlins 2. There was a McDonald's that became a Zesto's which I believe is now a mattress store close by.


    25 Sep 09 at 12:08 pm

  3. The mattress store in the parking lot (the one that used to be a McDonald's, and was then a Zesto's), now appears to be closing as well. I wish it was still a McDonald's. We live up by the Summit/Village at Sandhill, and have to go all the way to Columbia Place Mall if we want McDonald's... or down to Clemson and Hardscrabble. Neither are really all that far, but having that McDonald's back in Spring Valley Commons would be so very convenient.


    9 Oct 09 at 9:47 pm

  4. I remember when I was a kid this place decided to become a dollar theater. That was pretty great, because it allowed my unimaginative pre-teen self to go on his first dates. But what was even better was that they included a free arcade. They left their machines coin storage open so you could hit the "credit" buttons over and over again. It was amazing. They didn't have the best games at that point, but it was still awesome to be able to pay a dollar and get to see a movie and play unlimited video games.

    I remember that Bi-Lo move away and a LOT of locations closing, but I don't remember the exact order. I know that Bi-Lo moving hurt a LOT of those stores. It eventually came back, but the last time I saw the location it was mostly a ghost town.


    30 May 14 at 1:39 pm

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