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Grand Opening Advertisement of the Mission Valley Cinema I & II on March 2, 1973 with Paul Newman in “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” playing on two screens.
Lewis Tew was the manager of the Tower Twin Theatres when it opened on December 21,1977 when it was part of the ABC Southeastern Theatres chain(that also owned and operated the Cardinal Theatre at North Hills and the Ambassador Theatre in Downtown Raleigh)…….
November 6, 1963 grand opening advertisement for the Charlottetown Mall Cinema 1 & 2 which was the first indoor twin theaters in the state of North Carolina. The grand opening attraction was Debbie Reynolds in “Mary,Mary” playing on two screens.
Let’s not forget the Charlottetown’s original long-running engagement of ROCKY that played here from February 4, 1977 until June 30, 1977.
Let’s not forget the Janus' long-running engagement of ROCKY that ran from February 18,1977 to July 28,1977.The original ROCKY movie was the Janus' second long-running engagement after “Star Wars” that ran for an astounding 64 weeks.
The Terrace at Friendly Center had the 70mm engagements of “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”…..and also had the engagement showings for some of the biggest boxoffice hits to play the Terrace including “Jaws”,“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Superman:The Movie”, “The Exorcist”, “The Sting”, “American Graffiti”,“The Godfather Part 2”,not to mention the reserved seat engagements for “The Sound of Music”, “The Sand Pebbles”,“Camelot”,“2001:A Space Odyssey”, “The Song of Norway”,among others.
More information on this theater is on Cinema Treasures. Opened in 1966 as a single screener and by March 1, 1974 was twinned. Expanded to three screens by the mid-1970’s and by the 1986 went from three to six screens before closing in 2000.
Someone put up the ad for the opening of another Terrace Theatre that was located in Salisbury’s Towne Mall(in North Carolina)…this needs to be corrected. But if you look at the structure most of these theaters have the same architectural design in most cities(Durham, Burlington, Jacksonville, Asheville, Fayetteville, and Greensboro)…..quite the same. However, there should be posted the original Christmas Day advertisement for its opening from 1966.
Grand Opening Advertisement of the Yorktowne Theatre on the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on May 28, 1969. It was Durham’s second largest theater will widescreen Panavision projection and rocking lounge chair seating. Owned and operated under Schneider-Merl Theatres Group from 1969-1975. By 1975 it was operated under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres until 1982 when Carmike Cinemas took over the Yorktowne’s operations until it’s closing in 1996. It became a two-screen theatre on June 20, 1975 under Martin Theatres.
Grand Opening Advertisement for the South Square Mall Cinemas on December 25, 1975. Owned and operated under Syracuse-based Cinema National Theatres and later by Boston-based USA Theatre Group and by the early-1990’s under Carmike Cinemas until its closing in 1994.
Grand Opening ad for the Wynnsong Cinema 10 on April 1, 1994.
Grand Opening ad for the Carmike Cinema 7 off Avondale Drive on August 9, 1991.
Question: Since the cinema has nine screens, do you know how many seats does the Ovation Cinema Grill has? E-Mail
You probably worked there when they showed “E.T.” too which brought in capacity crowds in 1982. Also played here was the original “Lethal Weapon” movie in 1987.
You was one of the many who saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at Charlottetown Mall during its original engagement. The film played from June 12, 1981 until April 1,1982 in which surpass STAR WARS' original engagement as the longest-running tenture at Charlottetown Mall.
Other long-running tenture films played here were Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER that played at Charlottetown Mall from March 25,1972 until June 30,1972.(Not to mention THE GODFATHER:PART 2 played here too in December 20,1974 until February 17,1975) Not to mention the Charlottetown’s Reserved Seat Engagement presentation of John Huston’s THE BIBLE first-run in January of 1967. The original PLANET OF THE APES played here.
All the James Bond-007 films played here first-run and they had some great movies that did big business like “Star Wars”, “Raiders”, “Die Hard”,to name a few and some really bad ones too(I fondly remember the worst movie of the 1980’s “Disorderlies” starring The Fat Boys…and anything starring Pauly Shore,and a really bad comedy called “Up The Creek”,not to mention “Superman III”)
It was a grand movie palace that sat across the street from the Charlottetown Mall at the intersection of Kings Drive and Independence Blvd. that was in business from 1963 until 1994. Sad to see it go. Today,it is a business center. Thanks for replying.
I have the original grand opening ad from November 1963 and if you would like to see this and I be glad to sent it you. My e-mail address is posted at the top of the message. Thanks.
Greenville Grande Stadium 14 opened under Charlotte based Consolidated Theatres on April 20, 2007. It was Greenville’s newest megaplex with stadium seating in all auditoriums along with THX-Dolby Sound Systems,advance ticketing,plush seating with cupholders and two large concession stands.
The Premiere Theatres 12 opened on December 1, 2006 as Wayne County’s first-ever megaplex theater that basically took over the movie houses in Goldsboro as the Litchfeld-United Artists 6, Carmike Berkeley Mall 4, and the Carmike Eastgate Twin were converted into discount houses. It is owned and operated under UEC Theatres that also owned and operated theatres in Kinston(Premiere Theatres 7),and Rocky Mount(Premiere Theatres 14). They have been astoundingly successful in ridding ancient Carmike Cinemas in Eastern North Carolina and giving this small towns like Goldsboro a first-class experience in movie-going entertainment.
The Exclusive Engagement Showing of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001:A Space Odyssey” played here in November,1968 first-run.
Please send me your e-mail address and I will send you the ad. The format that I have the ad on is on Adobe and it will not let me upload the ad from this site.
I have in my possession the grand opening advertisement for the Rowan Twin Cinema from June 29, 1979 with the opening features “Moonraker”,and “Rocky II”. If you need to see this please contact me at
KING OF KINGS also played at the Cameron Village as a reserved seat engagement for it’s Eastern North Carolina premiere on January 26, 1962. Presented in Super Technirama 70mm and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound.
A fact about this theatre. Carmike Cinemas was bought out by American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres)and who knows when the new changed will take place since this theatre’s days are numbered with the opening of the Silverspot Cinemas at Chapel Hill’s University Mall that opened in October 2015.
The Wynnsong Cinemas is the only Carmike venue between Durham and Chapel Hill. Carmike also has three other cinemas in Raleigh(Blue Ridge 10 & Carmike 15),and in Morrisville(Park Place 16) that may be affected.
skeeter81:The Ambassador Theatre also showed the “X” rated feature BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS first-run in 1970 as a late show.
So this means Lenoir will not have a first-run movie theater after the Westgate’s closing. Will Carmike Cinemas planning to built another theater in it’s place? Question for Don Carver. E-mail at
TOP GUN was the only 70mm Dolby Stereo presentation in the Carolinas upon it’s general release at Raleigh’s Mission Valley Cinema on May 16,1986. Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem were absent from the 70mm presentations of TOP GUN.
They did the same thing in 2007 when they closed the Starlite Drive-In & Flea Market in Durham and turned it into a parking lot for a Wal-Mart Super Center and Auto……I know how you feel Kris….“why”