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raysson commented about Film Anniversaries celebrated at The Digital Bits on Dec 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Chris Utley: I can wait for Michael Coate’s retrospective on the 40th Anniversary of THE EXORCIST on Digital Bits.

Not to mention THE STING on its 40th Anniversary too.

Coate also has put his retrospective on the 40th Anniversary of George Lucas' AMERICAN GRAFFITI which is already on the Digital Bits site!

And coming soon from Micheal Coate:

“MY FAIR LADY” (50th Anniversary from 1964)

“MARY POPPINS” (50th Anniversary from 1964)

“A HARD’S DAY NIGHT” (50th Anniversary from 1964)

“BLAZING SADDLES” (The 40th Anniversary from 1974)

“CHINATOWN” (The 40th Anniversary from 1974)

“EARTHQUAKE!”/SENSURROUND (The 40th Anniversary 1974)

“THE TOWERING INFERNO” (The 40th Anniversary,1974)

“THE GODFATHER PART II” (The 40th Anniversary,1974)

“BEVERLY HILLS COP” (The 30th Anniversary,1984)

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raysson commented about Carmike Yorktowne Twin on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S YORKTOWNE THEATRE-(12/25/1974)

Francis Ford Coppula’s “THE GODFATHER PART II”

Sorry,No Passes or Spec. Admission Discounts Accepted

Please be informed that due to the running length of this movie,there will be a short intermission. There will be three performance showings for this feature.

Theater will be cleared after each showing.

Management suggest patrons to avoid capacity crowds,please come early for the best seats. AVOID THE CROWDS….ATTEND OUR MATINEES!!!!

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raysson commented about Carmike Yorktowne Twin on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The theater was located on the opposite end of the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard near Bedford Street across from the Shrimp Boats Family Seafood Restaurant.

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raysson commented about Eastland Mall Cinemas on Dec 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Patsy, In regards to your question about the current status of this theatre? The Eastland Mall Cinemas closed in October of 2008. The Eastland Mall itself closed in 2010 and was completely demolished in 2011. The only thing that stands is a vacant deserted lot where Charlotte’s Eastland Mall once stood.

The current status of this theatre is that it is demolished. Eastland Mall is now a faded memory in Charlotte history.

Opened in March of 1975

Closed in June of 2010

Demolished in April of 2011.

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raysson commented about Eastland Mall Cinemas on Dec 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

A lot of blockbuster movies got first-run showings ranging from BEVERLY HILLS COP to BACK TO THE FUTURE and the first original BATMAN movie.

The Eastland Mall Cinemas showed RETURN OF THE JEDI first-run on May 25,1983 where it played on 2 screens.

Also reissued THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK upon its re-release in 1985.

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raysson commented about Valley Theatres I & II on Dec 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

August 16,1974…Exclusive Triangle Engagement Showing VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2….The Movie Event of 1974…… Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in “CHINATOWN”

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raysson commented about Valley Theatres I & II on Dec 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

THE VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2…December 20,1974

VALLEY I-Irwin Allen’s “THE TOWERING INFERNO” with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden with an all-star cast….the Christmas Event of 1974 is here in Raleigh!!!

VALLEY II-Opens Christmas Day-The Family Saga Continues Francis Ford Coppula’s “THE GODFATHER:PART II”

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raysson commented about Queens Park 6 on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

THE QUEEN PARK CINEMAS opened on December 17,1982 as Charlotte’s largest entertainment complex discount theatre. Admission for all features was $1.00.

The premiere attractions for the grand opening of the Queen Park Cinemas were………

–“FRIDAY THE 13TH,PART 3 IN 3-D”

-Sylvester Stallone in “FIRST BLOOD”

-Richard Gere “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN”

-Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams in “POLTERGEIST”

-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in “ANNIE”

-Exclusive Charlotte Engagement of “DIVA”[Art House]

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raysson commented about Queens Park 6 on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:34 am

From the December 17,1982 edition of The Charlotte Observer about the Queen Park Multi-Cinemas.

CHARLOTTE’S LARGEST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS TODAY

The best movie-going experience in Charlotte is now open. Multi-Cinema Limited,a theatre chain that owns and operates 79 theatres in North and South Carolina,is unveiling its ambitious project,the Queen Park Cinemas located at 3700 South Boulevard.

The plush state of the art,$3 million,elaborately constructed six-theatre complex will impress any theatre-goer. Queen Park will have have six identical auditoriums that will accommodate 350 people each,with spacious seating of 42 inches between each row. The walls surrounding the theatres are completely soundproofed and draped. One of the unique features of these theatres is the floor is covered with white vinyl(no sticky concrete floors)and the aisles are tastefully carpeted with indented chrome strips to guide people in the darkened theatres. The lobby contains a 60-foot long concession area with six completely self-contained stations. A patron can come out of virtually any auditorium and be waited on.

We have made special efforts to improve the quality of theatre sound by installing the most advanced technology. All the auditoriums are equipped with Kintek stereophonic sound systems as well as Dobly noise reduction systems. The most revolutionary thing about Queen Park is that all six theatres will carry a $1.00 admission policy for all features. To our knowledge no one else has built a new and elaborate complex and opened with a $1.00 admission policy. What we have done is spared no expense to build a discount theatre.

In building this extraordinarily plush motion picture theatre we are trying to make a statement. We are saying to the people of Metrolina(Greater Charlotte) that when you out your $1.00 down you are getting $4.00 worth of entertainment, But the buck doesn;t stop here. Adjacent to the theatre is a 4,000 square foot game room with capacity for more than 120 video games. Equipped with its own concessions and restrooms,the game room will have longer hours than the theatre,opening earlier and closing later. Entry to the game room can be made from the theatre or from outside.

In addition,one of the six screens will be designated as a repertory screen and will play only Independent releases as well as foreign, art and classic films. Don’t miss this great entertainment experience.

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raysson commented about Riverside Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

THEATRE HISTORY OF THE RIVERSIDE:

1968-1971 Wilby Kincey Theatres

1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres

1987-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres

1991-2000 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Ballou Park 4 on Dec 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

THEATRE HISTORY:

1969-1975 Schneider-Merl Corporation

1975-1982 Martin Theatres

1982-2008 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Plaza Twin Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

It opened in 1979 as the PLAZA CINEMA 1 & 2 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Carmike Cinemas took over in 1986 until its closing in 2004.

THEATRE HISTORY:

1979-1986 Stewart and Everett Theatres, Inc.

1986-2004 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Ambassador Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I remember seeing THE EXORCIST here on March 1,1974 at Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre.

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raysson commented about Ambassador Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Micah: There is a parking deck next to where the theater was originally located in Downtown Raleigh. It was on Fayetteville Street just walking distance from the South lawn of the State Capital Building. The theater once on Fayetteville Street was towards your immediate left right off East Morgan Street going towards Hargett Street.

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raysson commented about Parkview Twin Theatres on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

The PARKVIEW THEATRE opened on August 23,1972 as a single screen theater with a seating capacity of 700. The premiere attraction for the grand opening was the exclusive Triad showing of “Cabaret” starring Liza Minnelli. By April 26,1974 it was twinned by splitting the original auditorium into two sections and was renamed the Parkview Theatres 1 & 2 under new ownership by Martin Theatres.

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raysson commented about Hope Valley Drive-In on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

Correction: It was also known as the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre located at 3440 Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham,27707. It closed in 1971 and was demolished later that year. The drive-in was basically directed at the intersection of what is now University Drive and Old Chapel Hill Road(formerly Durham-Chapel Hill Road).

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raysson commented about Carolina-Duke Drive-In on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

Chuck 1231 is right about the location of this drive-in theatre. It was at the corner of Garrett Road and Chapel Hill Road(which is now Chapel Hill Blvd.)that opened in 1949 with a capacity of 300 cars. It closed in late-1975 and not 1973. This information will be updated for the Cinema Treasures site.

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raysson commented about Carolina-Duke Drive-In on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard,Durham,27707-2669

It opened in 1949 and closed in late-1975.

The drive-in was on the site of where the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center is now (where T.J. Maxx Department Store and a Bojangles Restaurant now sits)

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raysson commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’m glad that this policy is enforced. It’s a long time coming. The problem I got is the insulting comments that are all over the place made by those who basically don’t even respect the site.

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raysson commented about Riverview Twin Cinema on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

April 27,1974..NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE THAT IS THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA..Off Roxboro Rd. It’s Pam Grier as FOXY BROWN…Rated “R”..No Passes!!! Due to the capacity crowds we’re expecting for this feature we are adding a special midnight late show for FOXY BROWN Friday and Saturday. We asked moviegoers to attend our matinees and avoid the capacity crowds for this feature. Theatre will be cleared immediately after each performance.

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raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

MARY POPPINS was a crowd favorite at the Northgate!!!

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raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

The theatre got a lot of the Disney product not to mention a LOT of the Disney re-releases too. Disney classics “TREASURE ISLAND”,“THE PARENT TRAP”, “OLD YELLER”,“SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON”,“KIDNAPPED”, “MARY POPPINS”,“20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA”,along with “THE LOVE BUG”,and a lot of the animated Disney classics were either shown as double features or second-run venues at Durham’s Northgate Theatre.

I fondly remember coming to the Northgate Theatre in 1969 as a child for the showing of the first Charlie Brown movie “A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN” that had special door prizes and contests along with special extra showings which included an early weekend matinee shows!!!!

When it was twinned by the mid-1970’s,the Northgate also got “RACE FOR YOUR LIFE CHARLIE BROWN!” in 1977,and the final Peanuts theatrical feature “BON VOYAGE CHARLIE BROWN,AND DON’T COME BACK” in 1980.

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Opened on November 16,1990 as a twin cinema,aka CHELSEA 1 & 2 owned and operated by Bruce H. Stone. Seating capacity was 200(100 seats each in both auditoriums).

Third auditorium opened on December 26,1996,it expanded from two to three screens with the third auditorium seating 90. Total seating capacity was 290.

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

A lot of erotic films played here too….. I remember seeing the original EMMANUELLE movie here as a re-release in 1994.

The controversial HENRY AND JUNE was one of the premiere engagement showing that got first-run billing at this theatre on November 23,1990. It was one of the first erotic thrillers to be rated “NC-17”.

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

From NightHawk 1’s commentary: I saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” once as a special Halloween showing at the Chelsea. But if I wanted to see “Rocky Horror” in a larger theater,it will most likely will be at the Rialto in Raleigh since it has played as a midnight favorite for years(and it continues to draw HUGE crowds every weekend since they started playing it in 1987!) The Chelsea is one of two arthouse theaters in the Chapel Hill/Durham area(the other is Durham’s Carolina Theatre),and second closest arthouses would be Raleigh’s Rialto Theatre, The Colony 1 & 2,and the Raleigh Grande 16(which took the place of the Galaxy Cinemas which closed in November of 2012),and Carmike’s Park Place 16 in Morrisville(which is now a showplace for foreign releases and “Bollywood” films). Sometimes AMC’s Southpoint Mall Cinemas usually gets a lot of independent releases as well.

There are however two arthouses that are East of Raleigh,one is in Fayetteville at the Cameo Theatre(located in Downtown Fayetteville on Hay Street),and the other is Wilmington’s Thalian Hall Center(located in Downtown Wilmington at the intersection of Chestnut and North Front Street),and that is basically it. But if you’re looking for arthouses in the Washington,New Bern,Rocky Mount,as well as Morehead City,Elizabeth City,and Greenville… there are none since most of those cities don’t show cult films since the big chain theatres like Regal, UEC Premiere Theatres,and Carmike don’t show independent films nor foreign releases. They did once upon a time.