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raysson commented about Hollywood East Cinema Grill on Jul 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

This was one of the many theatres Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1986 after it bought out Stewart and Everett. Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1996 where it sat vacant for five years before it became the Hollywood East Cinema and Grill which remain a top arthouse theatre until it finally closed in 2007.

raysson commented about Carolina Mall Cinemas 10 on Jul 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

THE CAROLINA MALL CINEMAS opened as a four-screen cinema in 1982 under Litchfeld Theatres with slant floor seating. United Artists took over in 1984 when it expanded to eight screens and later on upgraded to add additional features when it became a 10 screener with all stadium seating.

raysson commented about Rialto Theatre on Jul 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

When this theatre was formerly THE COLONY at Five Points

Jim Brown-Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson in “3 THE HARD WAY” in the summer of 1974.

raysson commented about Cameron Village Theatre on Jul 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

The first LETHAL WEAPON movie played here first-run in 1987.

raysson commented about Studio 1 Theater on Jul 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Travistarrant: I fondly remember the STUDIO 1 Theatre that after 1975 played a lot of independent films and foreign releases not to mention reissue of vintage Hollywood classics….Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca got a lot of play time here as well it a much loved favorite among the college crowd…..Before it closed in the mid-1980’s it became a notorious haven for late night porn(not to mention showed anything with skin,not to mention the only theatre in the state that played “XXX” rated gay porn…a Jeff Stryker 35MM gay porno play at this theatre back in the mid-80’s),and the usual Rocky Horror Picture Show night owl flick on Friday nights. Sometimes a lot of rehash 70’s vintage got the reissue treatment too before it closed…a prime favorite that got played over and over at the Studio 1 was Mel Brooks' “Blazing Saddles” that was a huge college crowd favorite among the management.

The Studio 1 closed in 1989 when it moved a block west down the street next to the Electric Company Mall across from N.C. State University and it renamed the Studio I & II which was awful and claustrophobic with its narrow auditoriums and tight end seats which finally closed in 2000.

The Studio 1 movie theatre became a McDonald’s before it closed in 2000 when it became the North Carolina State University Textbook Store.

raysson commented about Studio 1 Theater on Jul 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I have an ad from the News and Observer from November 23,1957 for the reserved seat engagement showing of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS that had it’s Eastern North Carolina premiere at the Varsity Theatre in Raleigh,NC. If you need to see the ad,please contact me at this address:

I also have the full ad for the reserved seat engagement for the Eastern North Carolina premiere for May 16,1957 for the showing of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS that played at Raleigh’s Varsity Theatre.

raysson commented about Park Terrace Stadium 6 on Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

It upgraded to all stadium seating plus added a 7-channel digital dobly surround sound system on May 14,1999 for its booking of THE PHANTOM MENACE that played on 2 screens on May 19,1999 under Consolidated Theatres.

raysson commented about Park Terrace Stadium 6 on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

It upgraded to stadium seating and all Dobly digital sound in 1999 under Consolidated Theatres under CLASSIC PARK TERRACE.

raysson commented about AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Opened on May 10,1996 under American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres).

raysson commented about Crownpoint Stadium 12 on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Opened on December 13,1985 under Eastern Federal Theatres as an 8 screen complex as the Movies at Sardis North. Expanded to 12 screens and added all stadium seating and Dobly digital sound in 2000 when the name changed to Movies at Crownpoint 12. Regal Cinemas took over operations from 2005-2009 after its acquisition of Eastern Federal. Carolina Cinemas now operates this theatre.

raysson commented about Terrace Theatres at Friendly Center on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

The TERRACE 1 & 2 THEATRES opened on March 1,1974 with the Greensboro showing of “THE EXORCIST”.

raysson commented about Janus Theatres on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

The Janus not only showed “STAR WARS:SPECIAL EDITION”

but the special editions of “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” and “THE RETURN OF THE JEDI” too.

raysson commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm


The Gaston Mall Theatre was closed under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Theatres in 1991. This theatre was never under Carmike Cinemas. The Gaston Mall closed way before Carmike was about to take over!

raysson commented about Carousel Grande Luxury Cinemas on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

Opened on November 24,1999…the Carousel Grande Luxury Cinemas are the only theatres in the greater Triad area to show smaller,independent ‘arthouse’ style films and foreign releases. There is a reowned Bistro Lounge with a few screens. You can purchase more upscale treats and even beer and wine items in the Lounge. The screens at the Bistro Lounge are much smaller with only 3 to 4 rows of leather seats instead of the auditorium style seating. These are the screens that show the more independent,limited release fare along with its foreign and Bollywood releases. The larger screens immediately to the left and right of the lobby show the more commercialized films. Some of the movies I’ve seen here are “Juno”, “Hard Candy”,“Brokeback Mountain”,“Chloe”,and “Lust and Caution”. More recently they continue to show groundbreaking material like “Silver Linings Playbook”,“Before Midnight”,“Kon-Tiki”,and “Fill The Void” and much more.

raysson commented about AMC Southpoint 17 on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

The addition of the IMAX auditorium opened on May 20,2011 under Stone Theatres Group with a seating capacity of 358 for its grand opening feature with Johnny Depp in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:ON STRANGER TIDES

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

When it was twinned in 1975, the original auditorium of 700 was split down the middle into two sections with the seating capacity at 350 each in both auditorium until it closed in 1986.

raysson commented about Park Terrace Stadium 6 on Jul 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm


1964-1971 Wilby-Kincey Corporation/Paramount

1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1979-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres

1987-1990 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres

1990-1995 Carmike Cinemas

1995-2004 Consolidated Theatres

2004-Present Regal Entertainment Group

raysson commented about Regency 4 on Jul 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

The REGENCY 4 closed as a second-run movie house in 1996.

By 1994-1995 it was still operating as a second-run discount house under Eastern Federal Corporation. But when this theatre closed,all of the second-run movies and discounts went to the Park 51 Cinema(way on the other side of town near Pineville)that took over until 2000.

raysson commented about Park 51 Cinema on Jul 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

By 1990,this was still a first-run theatre with upgraded features like cupholders on all seats and full DTS sound for its showing of Val Kilmer in THE SAINT.

Tom Cruise' DAYS OF THUNDER was shown in full DTS sound.

By 1991,it was still first-run venture with THE DOORS

It wasn’t until 1996 or 1998 when this theatre went from showing first-run features to becoming a second-run discount theater under Eastern Federal when the admission was $1.50 for all features(which took over the Regency Four that closed in 1996)until Eastern Federal closed this theatre in 2000.

raysson commented about Park 51 Cinema on Jul 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

PARK 51 CINEMA OPENS TODAY-May 28,1982. Eastern Federal’s Newest Multiplex For The Carolinas.







-Sylvester Stallone in ROCKY III-Showing on 2 Screens

-David Carradine in SAFARI 3000


-Richard Pryor in SOME KIND OF HERO

-William Shatner and Lee Grant in VISITING HOURS


-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in ANNIE

-From Steven Spielburg and Tobe Hooper comes POLTERGEIST


raysson commented about Tower Place Festival Cinemas on Jul 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

General Cinema operated this theatre until 2001.

raysson commented about Berkeley Cinema Four on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

The original STAR WARS movie played here first-run at the Berkeley. Not to mention THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI got first-run billing here as well as THE PHANTOM MENACE.

SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE, E.T., STAR TREK II, BATMAN, and THE COLOR PURPLE played here first-run at the Berkeley.

raysson commented about Carmike Cinema 12 on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

The all digital projection and DTS sound wasn’t installed until 2004.

raysson commented about Center Theater on Jul 11, 2013 at 7:01 am

Otto Preminger’s EXODUS was an Exclusive Carolina Showing Engagement at the Center Theatre on May 26,1961. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas.

raysson commented about Manor Twin Theatre on Jul 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

Walt Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY was not a reserved seat engagement at the Manor. It was a Exclusive General Attraction in the Carolinas.

Otto Preminger’s EXODUS did not play at the Manor. The film was an Exclusive Engagement Carolina Showing first-run at Charlotte’s Center Theatre on May 26,1961. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas. I have the original ad from the May 26,1961 edition of the Charlotte Observer.