The Harkins Camelview 5 Movie Theater has been a favorite with movie goers in the Valley of the Sun for many years. It specializes in art, foreign and independent movies and has a large following amongst film buffs. It is famous for its mushroom architecture outside, and art deco interiors. It has a dedicated following amongst local film goers.
All this is changing however as it closes its doors in December 2015 to be demolished – and rebuilt in the nearby Fashion Square Mall. The reason for this is that the lease on the property on the southwest corner of Goldwater Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Scottsdale is up in 2016. The property owners have decided to demolish the building and rebuild a mall extension and condos.
Harkins is planning to build a 12 screen multiplex in the mall featuring blockbusters along with art and independent movies. The company has a history of innovation and using the latest technological advances. It is believed that the new multiplex will incorporate state of the art developments making it one of the finest in the country.
Camelview 5 opened in 1973 and was the founder of the chain – Red Harkins final cinema project before handing the reigns over to his son Dan who is still in control of the movie group which boasts 30 theaters and is the 6th largest in the country. It’s a far cry from the single theater that the family built in 1940 and lived above – now called Valley Arts on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Red passed away in 1974 and control of the movie theaters moved to his son Dan. Dan has ensured that Harkins Theaters continue to be the Southwest’s premier entertainment company.
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