Atlas Cinemas is a local owned and operated independent theatre company in the Cleveland market. Atlas Cinemas is dedicated to providing the best movie presentation, amenities, concession products, and movie theatre prices around. With the most digital and Real D digital 3D screens in the area, Atlas Cinemas features the most diverse viewing options, with alternative content such as independent and foreign films, and all the best that Hollywood has to offer.
In 1976, Abdoo "Al" Saluan bought and opened his first movie theatre, the Lake Theatre in Euclid, Ohio. An old single screen movie house built in 1949, the Lake featured one of the largest screens in the Cleveland market at over 50 feet. Now featuring a larger screen in it's premier auditorium, the Lake has seen expansions, upgrades and improvements over the years. In the 80's The Lake was combined with the Shore theatre to become the Lakeshore Cinema. Always working to keep it fresh and on the cutting edge, the mid 90's found the Lakeshore receiving digital sound, and cup holder armrests. In the early 2000's, stadium seating was added to auditoriums 1-3, and the company name of Atlas Cinemas was added to the building. In 2007, the Atlas Lakeshore 7 was upgraded to all digital presentation, as Christie digital projectors were installed for all auditoriums. The best in state of the art presentation, DLP projection allowed for true digital picture and sound, and the Atlas Lakeshore 7 was the first area theatre to be all digital, years ahead of the competition. The premiere auditorium now boasts XXDXP, a true digital picture with custom digital sound, stadium seating, and a screen that is over 60 feet wide. With XXDXP, you can really "See it, Hear it, Feel it... in XXDXP, Big Screen Experience, No Extra Charge!" In 2009, Real D digital 3D was added. A second Real D auditorium was lit a year later, and has since been upgraded to Real D XL, the premiere digital 3D system in the industry. At over 60 years old, the Lake Theatre is one of the oldest and yet newest theatres around.
Thanks in part to these advances in presentation, 2013 became a year of celebration as the 20th Anniversary of the Ohio Independent Film Festival found itself hosted at the Lakeshore Cinema. Using digital presentation, local, regional and international filmmakers had their movies shown on the big screen for the first time. With the help of non-profit group Independent Pictures, several other independent films also premiered at the theatre throughout the year. Atlas Cinemas is committed to supporting independent filmmakers and our local community.
After years of operating and closing smaller movie houses, Atlas Cinemas built its first brand new multiplex in 1997. Seated in a new development in Mentor, Ohio, the first theatre named Atlas opened with 12 screens and modern amenities. Being built just before the stadium seating craze, the Atlas Diamond Centre 12 received a facelift and expansion in 2004 to become the Atlas Diamond Centre 16. The new auditoriums featured stadium seating, and all sound systems were upgraded to DTS. Just three years later, immediately following the Atlas Lakeshore 7, the Diamond Centre became the second all digital theatre in the Cleveland market. Then in 2009, Real D digital 3D was also added to the list of improvements. Today, the Atlas Cinemas Diamond Centre 16 boasts 3 Real D XL auditoriums.
When a freestanding nine screen theatre became available in 2002 at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio, Atlas Cinemas was given the opportunity to expand its service to Lake County. Operated for just over a year, the theatre became inoperable and shut down. Very soon after, a project began to re-imagine the theatre. Originally a single screen theater that opened in 1968 and had undergone numerous reconfigurations and add-ons, the Great Lakes Cinema was in for its biggest change. In 2007, Atlas Great Lakes Stadium 16 opened at nearly twice the size, utilizing part of the original structure, but completely remodeling the interior. This "new" location had all stadium seating, all digital projection, birthday party room, and an updated look. In 2008, the Great Lakes location became the first theatre on the East Side of Cleveland to have Real D digital 3D. Between 2009 and 2012, three more Real D screens were added. In summer 2012, all Real D systems were upgraded to Real D XL, making 3D pictures brighter, crisper, and more dynamic. As the Atlas Great Lakes Stadium 16 continues to grow and change, it has become the premiere east side theatre to see a movie.
In 2008, Atlas Cinemas was contacted about an eight screen theatre at the Midway Mall in Elyria, Ohio that had been closed. Opened in 1990 by General Cinema, the Midway Mall Cinema had fallen into disrepair after multiple closures. A great project for Atlas Cinemas in a viable location, the Atlas Midway Mall 8 opened on Halloween 2008 after many repairs and improvements had been made to the concession stand and auditoriums. Just over four years later, as the theater was embraced by the community and focused on a long future of service, Atlas Cinemas began making improvements to the building again. In March 2013, the Midway Mall location was able to ask customers, "What is Sony 4k?", as brand new Sony 4K digital projectors were installed, along with enhancements to all the theater sound systems. Shortly thereafter, a Real D digital 3D system was installed. Since then, a second Real D system was added. In addition to these major improvements, updates are planned to theater lighting, interior signage, and operational systems. The Atlas Midway Mall 8 was a great addition to the Atlas Cinemas family, and we look forward to continual updates and success.
In 2012, Atlas Cinemas was contacted about a ten screen theatre at the Eastgate shopping center in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The theatre was a well conditioned location built in the late 1990's with a mix of auditorium styles in a unique location. As the need to convert to digital presentation has forced some locations throughout the country to close, Atlas Cinemas has been able to stay ahead of the trend. In August 2012, we welcomed the Atlas Cinemas Eastgate 10 to the Atlas Cinemas family with upgrades in the concession stand and installation of 2 Real D XL auditoriums. Within the first couple months full digital conversion of the projection booth was completed, boasting new Barco Digital projectors and greatly improving picture and sound. Since re-opening, the Eastgate location has hosted several important promotional screenings, films for the Cleveland Italian American Film Festival, and has become the Cleveland Area's Home for Bollywood films. Each week, we are committed to serving the community by offering movies that you can't see anywhere else!
Who are we? We are Atlas Cinemas. Our managers, our staff, and our patrons are all part of the Atlas Cinemas family. All the things we do, and would like to do, would not be possible without your support. We look forward to welcoming you to Atlas Cinemas! Stop by, grab a popcorn and enjoy your show.