At this juncture, it might help to differentiate between the two types of Shopping Mall Cinema models utilized by developers during the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

The first type of Shopping Mall Cinema we encounter will be referred to as an At-Mall theater. It could be built as a freestanding structure in the periphery of the main mall or constructed as part of said structure but not have a direct connection into the main corridor or mallway. Northgate Theatre {Seattle, Washington} and Framingham Cinema {Framingham, Massachusetts} would fit this model.

The second type of Shopping Mall Cinema will be referred to as an In-Mall type. As its name implies, the IN-MALL cinema was incorporated directly into its mother mall and had a direct connection to the it open-air or fully-enclosed.