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1968-1971 Wilby-Kincey Theatres
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres
1986-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres
1991-1995 Carmike Cinemas
Opened as the CAROLINA MALL CINEMA III on December 22,1976 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres.
This theatre opened as a three screener under Litchfield Theatres on December 22,1976. It expanded to four screens by 1978 and by 1982 expanded to six screens and later by the mid-1980’s by eight screens. I have the original ads for the Carolina Mall Cinemas grand opening. E-Mail:
This theatre opened WAY BEFORE 1982.
A second auditorium was built adjanct to the 750-set original auditorium that opened on March 15,1974 that seated 400(bringing the total of seats to 1,150),and renamed the Reynolda Cinema 1 & 2. By 1985, the 750-seat original auditorium was split into two sections created two auditoriums seating 375 each and was renamed the Reynolda Cinema 1-2-3 under Stewart and Everett and later Carmike until 1996.
SCREEN 1: 375
SCREEN 2: 375
SCREEN 3: 400
TOTAL 1,125 SEATS
“PURPLE RAIN”-played at the Biltmore Twin Theatres on September 13,1984 for a second-run after playing an impressive 14 weeks at Asheville’s Mall Theatres.
Also played here was that Exorcist/Omen rip off flick
“THE CHILD” from producer-director Roger Corman.
THE BILTMORE CINEMA opened on December 23,1970 under Martin Theatres-Fuqua Group Entertainment Division.
The Opening Attraction for its Grand Opening……
“TORA! TORA! TORA!”-Direct from its reserved seat engagements….Now Asheville can see this epic drama at reduced prices…
The Coming Attractions to the BILTMORE CINEMA…..
-George C. Scott and Karl Malden in “PATTON”
-John Wayne in “BIG JAKE”
-Barbra Streisand in “THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT”
-Robert Mitchum in David Lean’s “RYAN’S DAUGHTER”
**I have the grand opening ads for the Biltmore Cinema if you need to see them. Please contact me at
November 25,1983….NOW PLAYING AT ASHEVILLE WEST….
SCREEN 1: “RICHARD PRYOR:HERE AND NOW”-Rated R
No One Under 17 Will Not Be Admitted
SCREEN 2: Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in ANNIEWhich was re-released as a second run feature. Rated PG
I have the ads to its official grand opening. If you need to see them please contact me at
From the research I conducted,the Asheville West Twin Theatres opened to huge crowds with the Western Carolina showing of Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” to sold out capacity crowds upon its grand opening on June 3,1977. It even brought in biggest crowds when “Grease” played here in 1978 to sold out capacity crowds.
The Asheville West Twin Theatres opened on June 3,1977 with the grand opening features under Irvin-Fuller Theatres.
SCREEN 1: “Sinbad and the Eye of The Tiger”-starring Patrick Wayne and Taryn Power. Rated G
SCREEN 2: “Annie Hall” with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Rated PG
The Coming Attractions to the Asheville West Twins:
-Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda in ROLLERCOASTER
-Disney’s HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO
-Susan Sarandon in THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
David Dymond and NightHawk1: The Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh opened as an twin theater under Fairlane-Litchfield(later simply Litchfield)in 1973,and 10 years later Litchfield expanded the Mission Valley from two to five screens,and it has been five screens since. Neither UA(United Artists) nor Ambassador have added a sixth screen. The only six-screener that United Artists had in Raleigh was the Imperial Cinemas in Cary.
As for the Litchfield Cinemas in Goldsboro,it opened under Litchfield Theatres as a four-screen operation around Christmas of 1983,and later on was brought out by United Artists in 1991 which in turned expanded this theatre from four to six screens. Regal kept this theatre as a six screener until it closed in 2005.
At the time the Premiere Theatres 12 opened in 2009 under UEC Theatres,it became the multiplex that took over all of the movie-houses in Goldsboro, closing the Litchfield-UA Cinema 6, the Berkeley Mall 4,and the Eastgate Twin.
1965-1976 Schneider-Merl Theatres
1976-1982 Martin Theatres
1982-1994 Carmike Cinemas
As an alternative to the Downtown movie-houses that Winston Salem offered,the PARKWAY THEATRE got a lot of first-run features. “Rosemary’s Baby” played here 1st run,and so did the original “Planet of the Apes” movie,and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Also played here was the 1973 re-release of “The Sound of Music”. By 1982,Carmike Cinemas acquired this theatre from Martin Theatres and during that time its 750-seat single screener was split down the middle into two sections and it was renamed the Parkway Twin Theatres. By 1987,it was reduced under Carmike to showing second run films at discount prices where it remained until the Parkway’s closing in 1994.
May 24,1984…..at Hanes Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE DOOM-In Dolby Stereo
Playing on 2 Screens with additional early showings at special late shows Friday & Saturday night.
Sorry, No Passes or Special General Cinema Admission Discounts will not be accepted for this feature.
I have the ads.
I have the original ads. Contact
Winston-Salem and Greensboro were absent from the 70mm-6 Track Dolby Stereo engagement presentations of “Temple of Doom”. Only Raleigh and Charlotte upon its opening on May 24,1984 were the only two cities in North Carolina that presented “Temple of Doom” in 70mm.
“TEMPLE OF DOOM” played first-run at Hanes Mall Cinema on 2 screens on May 24,1984. It did not play at the Thruway.
“STAR TREK III:THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK” was the Thruway’s only 70mm-6 Track Dolby Stereo presentation in the Carolinas. The film played first-run in its largest auditorium seating 600 for its Triad Exclusive.
Did this theatre opened around the same time the Four Seasons Grand 18 did? Or did this theater opened months before the Four Seasons Grand? I have found the original advertisement for the grand opening one in Greensboro that opened in 2007. I’m looking for the grand opening ad to this one as well. E-mail me at
This theatre opened as the Four Seasons Station Cinemas on November 16,2007 with 18 screens,all with stadium seating. By 2012 it became the GrandLuxe Stadium Cinemas in 2012 under Southern Theatres.
I have the grand opening ads.
I have found the grand opening advertisement for the Park Theatre in Kinston. If you need to see this please contact me at
From the information that I have found on this theatre the original operators of the Park Theatre were H.B. Meiselmen Corporation,aka Eastern Federal Corporation from 1951 through 1973 and later under Fuqua Industries/Martin Theatres from 1973 until its closing in 1981.
Opened on July 4, 1975 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
Auditorium 1 was the largest with 379 seats
Auditorium 2 seating capacity was 352
Total seating capacity 731
AMC Theatres is even worse due to outrageous ticket prices and horrible customer service!!!
The Carmike 10 in Asheville is not the only theatre under the Carmike chain that is suffering problems and lack of customer service. It’s like that with a lot of Carmike Cinemas throughout the U.S. that had lost customer clientele through the lack of customer care,horrible auditorium conditions and pathetical people under management. Walk into any Carmike chain and you’ll see why!!! The Carmike Cinemas in N.C. has gotten so bad,customers have took their movie going business elsewhere!!!! And its not this theatre,it with them statewide!!!
I wish another chain would take over because Carmike has had problems in the past with their shady kind of management and pathetic customer service!!!
I have found the original ad for the grand opening of the Cinema II. It opened June 8,1972 with John Wayne in “The Cowboys”