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raysson commented about Rowan Plaza Cinemas on May 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

SalisburyPaul: 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.

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raysson commented about Rowan Plaza Cinemas on May 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

SalisburyPaul: 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 and I will definitely send you the ads. Thank you.

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raysson commented about Cameron Village Theatre on Apr 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

Ralph Daniel:

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.

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raysson commented about Carmike Wynnsong Cinemas 15 on Mar 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Ambassador Theatre on Mar 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

skeeter81:
The Ambassador Theatre also showed the “X” rated feature BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS first-run in 1970 as a late show.

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raysson commented about Westgate Twin on Mar 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

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

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Feb 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

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.

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raysson commented about County Drive-In on Feb 16, 2016 at 9:42 am

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”

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raysson commented about Smithfield Cinemas on Feb 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

To the manager of the Smithfield Cinemas: I have in my possession the grand opening ad for this theater when it opened in 2004 that was located in the Entertainment and Arts section of the Raleigh News and Observer. If you wish to see the ad,I do have a microfilm copy available at your convenience. I can be contacted at Thank you.

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raysson commented about December 9th, 1984 grand opening ad on Jan 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

It should say December 9, 1983 grand opening ad.

Whoever put the wrong information is incorrect.

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raysson commented about Carolina Circle 6 Theater on Jan 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Seating capacity for this theater:

Screens 1 and 2 seated 200

Screens 3 and 4 seated 175

Screens 5 and 6 seated 150

Total 1,050 seats

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raysson commented about Raleigh Grande Stadium 16 on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Opened on May 16, 1998 as the Raleigh Grande Stadium Cinemas under Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres. Carolina Cinemas took over in 2008 when the Consolidated Theatres sign was still on the marquee.

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raysson commented about Valley Theatres I & II on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

STAR WARS played here first-run in Raleigh on July 1, 1977. It played for an astounding 24 weeks.

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raysson commented about Colony Theater on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

This theater is permanently closed. The last day of business was on December 17, 2015.

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raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Nov 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

In it’s earlier days as a single screen movie house it was the reserved seat engagements of “Camelot” along with “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, “2001” and the 70mm versions of “Gone With The Wind”, “Doctor Zhivago”,“Patton”,and “Ben Hur”(re-release)

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raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Nov 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Drewmike: I saw not only “Back to the Future 2” here but also “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1989…but the Center’s showing of “Boyz In The Hood” and “New Jack City” brought in capacity crowds in 1991…. Nobody knows that a time capsule was placed there for 2016…. November 24,1966 was the year this theatre opened replacing the Downtown moviehouse that closed….

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raysson commented about Studio 1 Theater on Nov 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

VARSITY THEATRE opening November 9, 1941 with 505 seats. Closed in the early-1970’s when it became the STUDIO 1 cinema with 493 seats.

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raysson commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Walt Disney’s MARY POPPINS played at the COLONY first-run as the Eastern North Carolina premiere presentation on January 22, 1965.

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raysson commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Information concerning this theatre will be revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I do have the original grand opening ads from it’s April 1, 1942 opening which contains vast information with seating capacity and other features. If you need to see the ads from 1942 please feel free to contact me at

From 1942 until 1981 it was known as the COLONY Previously operated under Consolidated Theatres and later under Schneider-Merl Corporation and Martin Theatres. Martin Theatres closed the COLONY in 1981 when it was a second-run discount house.

From 1983 to the present it became the RIALTO under Harp Theatres from 1983 until 1994 when it was restored and showing independent films and foreign features. Ambassador Entertainment took over operations in 1994 under owner Bill Peebles.

The RIALTO at Five Points opened on October 7, 1983 under new management with the grand opening feature TENDER MERCIES starring Robert Duvall.

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raysson commented about Northgate Theatre on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

There was also another Northgate Theatre in Durham, North Carolina as well that is also listed on the Cinema Treasures site,but it is listed as the Northgate Twin Theatres. That theater opened on Christmas Day 1962 with Doris Day and Stephen Boyd in “Jumbo” that had a seating capacity of 750. It was twinned on June 17, 1975 and closed in 1986. I do have the opening ads for the Northgate Theatre’s grand opening in Durham from Christmas Day 1962. Contact me at

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raysson commented about Silverspot Cinemas at University Place on Oct 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

Phone Number:
Boxoffice: 614-296-9016

Manager’s Office: 614-296-9016

Functions:

Movies (First Run), Movies(Independent),

Movies (Foreign), Live Theater, Restaurant, Bar,

Movies (Classic)

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raysson commented about Silverspot Cinemas at University Place on Oct 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Not to mention live theater productions and live music events too…it will have a restaurant and lounge bar added to the cinema. The cinema will have a mixture of first-run features, independent films, and other productions not to mention showing classic films.

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raysson commented about Silverspot Cinemas at University Place on Oct 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

website is www.silverspot.net

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raysson commented about Colony Theater on Oct 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Shagndj: For your information there was NEVER a Jerry Lewis Cinema located in Siler City, NC. The only operating movie theater at that time was the Siler City Drive-In right off Highway 64.

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raysson commented about Carmike Oakwood Twin on Oct 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Seating capacity 600

2 screens