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I have the ads from the Imperial Cinema I-IV’s grand opening ad from December 23,1977.
fred1: for your information………………….
This is the website for the Galaxy Cinema…….
The theatre is independently owned and operated and not part of the chain of Galaxy Theatres.
From the tagline…It’s “MASH” with an “X”! “MASH’D”
I found some information on this movie. It was an “X” rated movie from 1976 and it starred two porn actresses of their day…Remember Annie Sprinkle and Andrea True.
Mike Rogers: “MASH’D” was a X-rated rip off of “MASH”…imagine members of the 4077th doing explicit sex acts in a porn parody of the TV-show and the 1970 movie……..I thought the girl was NO Loretta Swit…
STAR WARS played here at the Dreamland Drive-In as one of the many re-releases on July 21,1978 that brought in capacity crowds….STAR WARS played here for several weeks before it ended its run on September 7,1978.
First “PG” rated film….BILLY JACK in 1971….
First “R” rated film ..LADY SINGS THE BLUES from 1972
Second “R” rated film…WHICH WAY IS UP? from 1977
My first “G” rated film…Disney’s THAT DARN CAT
My first “X” rated film…EMANUELLE from 1974
My Third “R” rated film…THE EXORCIST..I saw this…
Ed Solero and Mike Rogers: I’m surprised that NO ONE even mentioned SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT in the comments. This 1977 film became a boxoffice smash with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field and not to mention the comedical comeback of Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice….I remember going to see this movie around the summer of 1977 at the Northgate Twin Theatres in Durham, NC opening weekend….the lines were snaked from one end of the shopping center to the other with the first two matinee showings SOLD OUT…Very funny film that was “PG” rated….
The year 1977…..on the record charts…..THE BEE GEES, THE TRAMMPS,THELMA HOUSTON,DONNA SUMMER,THE SPINNERS…
On Television….ABC had the top five TV hits in 1977..
“THREE’S COMPANY”, “HAPPY DAYS”, “CHARLIE’S ANGELS”,
“THE LOVE BOAT”, “THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN”……..
At CBS…“ALL IN THE FAMILY”, “THE JEFFERSONS”, “MASH”,
“THE BOB NEWHART SHOW”,and “60 MINUTES”……In 1977…not to mention “GOOD TIMES”,and “THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW”…even “KOJAK”,and “THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW”!
At NBC…“THE ROCKFORD FILES”, “CHICO AND THE MAN”,
“LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE”, “SANFORD AND SON”,not to mention Angie Dickinson in “POLICEWOMAN”…1977
1977….the top four highest grossing movies at the boxoffice…..
“STAR WARS”-was still going strong during Christmas of 77
“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND”
“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”-John Travolta….DISCO BOY!!!
“SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT”-I put it there since it needed to be mentioned!!! In 1977,this was a runaway boxoffice hit becoming the 3rd highest grossing film of 1977 behind STAR WARS AND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS!!!…ANNIE HALL does not count!!!!
There is a Galaxy Theatres located in Cary,North Carolina too that is a six-screen cinema that specializes in showing first-run independent features as well as Bollywood,Foreign and Documentary films.
There is an great article that was mentioned from the Raleigh News and Observer’s Saturday July 1,1967 ad about the Cardinal Theatre grand opening. Beverly Hall was the manager of the theatre. The grand opening feature was the Doris Day and Richard Harris espionage comedy CAPRICE.
The original Cardinal Theatre upon its opening in 1967 had a huge auditorium with a seating capacity of 750 that had a round “Ultravision” screen that had a 180 degree angle for showing bigger presentations that were capable of films that were in either 70MM and 35MM formats. By 1977 when this theatre was twinned,they kept the original “Ultravision” screen and basically equipped
it with a Dobly Stereo Sound System in December of 1977 for its showing of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. This theatre was one of five theatres in the state in 1980 to get the full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo engagement showing of “The Empire Strikes Back”,and in 1984 for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” that was also in 70MM. This theatre closed in 1990 under Cineplex Odeon.
The Tri-City Shopping Center opened in 1969 with Mason’s Department Store as its main anchor along with two grocery stores……A&P and Harris Teeter….a Eckerd Drugs and specialty shops.
This drive-in theatre was a victim to WAL-MART.
It was known as the CINEMA upon its opening in 1967. The theatre was next door to a record store. The Richmond Plaza opened in 1966 with a Penney’s Department Store as its primary anchor. On the other end was a Big Star/Colonial Stores grocer,and later on a Bi-Lo. There was a Roses Department Store, a Macks Department Store, a neighborhood pharmacy, Baxter’s Men Shop,Kinney Shoes,Lerner Shops and other specialty stores. And speaking of Belk’s,it didn’t open in Richmond Plaza until 1978 when the Belk’s located in Downtown Rockingham closed and moved there. As of this writing…the Penney’s is still there,as well as Belk’s and Roses. The building that was the CINEMA is vacant that closed in 1998 by Carmike Cinemas.
The information on this theatre was changed as of August 28,2012.
This was one of the theatres Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1982 from Martin Theatres.
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here at the Plaza Twin on July 8,1977 on Screen Two to capacity crowds.
The Tri-City Shopping Center opened in the late-1960’s as the town’s second largest shopping center after the opening of the Richmond Plaza which opened in 1966 as Rockingham’s first-ever shopping center. The Tri-City Shopping Center OR Tri-City Plaza was anchored by two grocery stores on opposite ends…..One was an A&P Food Store(which is now Sav-N-Center),and on the other end was a Harris Teeter(formerly Big M Stores),and a huge Mason’s Department Store(which was at one time a K-Mart and before that was a Grant City Department Store)along with a Eckerd Drugs and other speciality shops. The Mason’s Store closed in the mid-1970’s and a K-Mart was added in that same spot which also closed around 2002 or 2004(A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse Center now sits in that section where the former Mason’s,the former K-Mart,Eckerd Drugs and Harris Teeter once were)that was Highway 74 East. The theatre was on the opposite side of the Tri-City Shopping Center facing East Broad Avenue and Biltmore Drive across from the Richmond Plaza.
This theatre was located in the Tri-City Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue in Rockingham,NC. It was on the opposite side of the shopping center right next door to a Radio Shack. It opened in 1977 as a twin cinema under Martin Theatres. The Plaza Twin was Rockingham’s first-ever twin theatre. Carmike closed this theatre in 2002 when it was a multiplex.
The Tri-City Shopping Center was across the street from the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue right on that stretch of Highway 74 Business in Rockingham.
THE TEXAS ROADHOUSE OF STEAKS RESTAURANT opened in February of 2012 where the formerly Town and Country Twin Theatres once stood that closed in 2007 and was demolished by 2011. Reason? I pass by this theatre on a road trip through Southern Pines/Aberdeen right off Highway U.S. 1/15/501 on a Sunday afternoon to find out that this theatre was demolished and a restaurant was built on the same lot where the cinema once stood.
Leave it to the powers that be at Carmike Cinemas to really kill off a good IMAX Theatre Conversion.
It will also be shown in the Charlotte,NC area….
Probably at either Park Terrace or Concord Mills 24 that has the full 70MM capability.
I don’t know about anywhere else in the South with the exception of Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans,or Baltimore.
The Park Terrace Theatre in Charlotte was the first ULTRAVISION theatre in the Carolinas when it opened on May 28,1964 under Wilby-Kincey Theatres.
The design was the same as several that Wilby-Kincey was building at the time that were ULTRAVISION theatres with seating capacities of 740-790 with full 70MM capability,
and full Stereophonic Surround Sound in all auditoriums.
Richland Mall-Columbia, SC (1966)
Center-Durham, NC (1966)
Gaston Mall-Gastonia,NC (1967)
Camelot-Myrtle Beach,SC (1967)
Cardinal-Rocky Mount,NC (1972)
Park Terrace-Charlotte,NC (1964)
Tryon Mall,Charlotte,NC (1972)
Thruway-Winston Salem,NC (1969)