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MATTHEWS FESTIVAL TEN CINEMAS
Address: 10498 East Independence Boulevard
Matthews, NC 28105
This multiplex opened to the public on July 17,1987
under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1990 when they bought out all of the Cineplex Odeon’s North Carolina theatres. Carmike Cinemas was the last chain to operate this theatre until its closing in 1995.
Once this theatre opens in January of 2015,it will offer a new and exciting venue for the movie going public in the Triangle. It will also muscle in on the stiff competition with the movie-going public against the heavy-hitters like AMC’s Southpoint Mall Cinemas and Regal’s Timberlyne 6,not to mention up the road at Carmike’s Wynnsong Cinemas 15 for the battle of the movie-going public. Not only will it get the first-run blockbusters but also it will take a lot of the foreign and independent films too which mostly the Chelsea gets in Northern Chapel Hill.
It will be the first multiplex to be established in Chapel Hill since the opening of the Lumina Theatres at Southern Village in 2000,and the first since the closing of the Village Plaza Theatres off Elliott Road which closed in 2003.
The new multiplex may have a greater impact on the Chelsea Theatre which is across the street over at Timberlyne Shopping Center off Weaver Dairy Road. Not to mention in the article(11-19-13 Raleigh News and Observer) that this multiplex will play its share of independent and foreign films that usually get first-billing at the Chelsea.
But since you were saying that this theater’s days are numbered,the Timberlyne 6 opened in 1993 and it is over 20 years old.
We’ll see what happens when they opened this theatre.
The Regal Timberlyne 6 will faced stiff competition not to mention this theatre will see its last days along with the Carmike Wynnsong 15 up the road in Durham which may be closing if this theater knocks out the competition.
The Dillard’s Department Store will be closing its doors forever on January 31,2014. It was the former Ivey’s Department Store which opened at University Mall in 1973.
Once the Silverspot Cinema opens in January,2015, this will put a HUGE dent in the competition for movie-goers in the greater Durham-Chapel Hill area.
It will basically muscled in on the competition of both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas along with Carmike Cinemas respectively. A movie theater is long overdue with a shot in the arm for a local mall that desperately needs that has been bringing shoppers in since University Mall opened its doors in 1973 as one of the largest indoor shopping centers in Chapel Hill.
The Silverspot Cinema will be the first multiplex movie theater in Chapel Hill since the opening of the Lumina at Southern Village in 2000,and the first multiplex since the closing of the Village Plaza Theatres located off Elliott Road at Kroger Plaza which closed in 2003.(Both the Lumina and the Village Plaza,and the Regal Timberlyne 6 are mentioned on the Cinema Treasures website along with other movie houses in Chapel Hill)
It will put the competition with Regal Timberlyne 6 in Northern Chapel Hill and also up the road in Durham at Carmike’s Wynnsong Cinemas 15 for the eyeing of the movie-going public. Its been long overdue at just to let you know the Silverspot Cinemas will offer a variety of first-run blockbusters and independent/foreign releases.
Carmike opened this theatre in 1996 as a slant-floor theater with 12 screens, and by the mid-2000’s this theater upgraded to stadium seating and Dobly digital sound and expanded the concession stand. By 2004,it upgraded to digital projection and DTS sound.
During the 1960’s and into the 1970’s…The Park Terrace showed a lot of classic movies that got first-run billing in the Carolinas. Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” was an exclusive engagement showing in the Carolinas where it played for an astounding 22 weeks!
It also got the reserved seat engagement showings too.
The only showings in the Carolinas played first-run at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theater…….
“Shoes of the Fisherman”-in 70MM
“The Great Race”
“Camelot”-in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound
“Doctor Dolittle”-in 70MM
“Rise and Fall Of The Roman Empire”-in 70MM
“Fiddler On The Roof”-in 70MM/6 Channel Stereo Sound
“Irwin Allen’s The Towering Inferno”-in 70MM
Other classic movies that played here too…….
“Midnight Cowboy”,the controversial 1969 film got first-run billing at Park Terrace before anyone else in the Carolinas. It was a exclusive engagement that played here for 19 weeks!!!
Cinemark’s Tinseltown Cinemas is the only multiplex theater in Salisbury and the only operational one in all of Rowan County. Salisbury Mall Cinemas last operated as a second-run discount house before it closed in 2011.
Micheal Coate:OUT OF AFRICA was generally released on December 18,1985 in the larger cities of North Carolina. Salisbury Mall Cinemas didn’t get the film until mid-January of 1986.
The premiere attractions for the December 17,1971 grand opening of the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 were:
CINEMA 1: It’s Sean Connery as James Bond-007The BIG 007 CHRISTMAS PREMIERE EVENT FOR SANFORD!!!“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”-On the Big Screen In Color!!!
CINEMA 2: Ruth Gordon in “HAROLD AND MAUDE”-In Color
AND THE BIG ONES ARE COMING TO THE KENDALE CINEMA:
-Clint Eastwood in “DIRTY HARRY”
-Walt Disney’s “BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS”
-John Wayne and Richard Boone in “BIG JAKE”
-Gene Hackman in “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”
-The Musical Event Of The Year “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
-The BIG Event of 1971 is Coming-“BILLY JACK”
Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema with a seating capacity of 400(200 seats each in both auditoriums).
The Kendale Cinemas was in between two major anchors of the Kendale Shopping Center…to the right of the cinema was a Winn Dixie grocery store….to the left of the cinema were Roses Department Store and Eckerd Drugs along with specialty shops and services. Sat in the middle of the shopping center was Central Carolina Bank and Trust Company.
Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema. The seating capacity was 400 with 200 seats each in both auditoriums. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 and it was renamed the Kendale Twin until its closing in 2007. In March of 2008,this theatre reopened as the Cinema Latino and it was the first theatre in the state of North Carolina to show first and second run features in Spanish.
A lot of great Hollywood blockbusters played at the Oleander Twin first-run…..
Not only did all three original STAR WARS films played here first-run(1977, 1980, and 1983)
But THE EXORCIST (May 9,1974)
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (November 9,1973)
THE GODFATHER (March 22,1972)
SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE (December 15,1978)
ROCKY (February 16,1977)
THE TOWERING INFERNO (December 16,1974)
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
THE GODFATHER:PART II
Just to name a few.
The only original anchors that are still there is J.C. Penney and Roses which has been there since the Parkwood Shopping Center opened as a open-air strip plaza in 1964. The Carmike 10 Cinemas, along with Dollar Tree,Kerr Drugs and other speciality shops will the only remnants of the old Parkwood Mall.
THE LITCHFIELD CINEMA 6 opened on October 28,1988 under Litchfield Theatres.
The Opening Attractions for the Grand Opening were:
-Rebecca DeMornay and Mary Gross in FEDS
-Emilio Estevez in YOUNG GUNS
-Bruce Willis in DIE HARD
-Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon in BULL DURHAM
-BIG TOP PEE WEE starring Pee Wee Herman
COMING ATTRACTIONS TO THE LITCHFIELD CINEMAS:
-From director John Carpenter THEY LIVE!
-Steven Seagal and Pam Grier in ABOVE THE LAW
It was known as the LITCHFIELD CINEMA 6 under Litchfield Theatres. It opened on October 28,1988 as Wilson’s first-ever multiplex theater. Regal Cinemas took over this theater by the late-1990’s and renamed it the Regal Cinema 6. It closed in 2007 when Carmike Cinemas opened a huge state of the art all stadium seating multiplex near the main entrance of the Parkwood Mall.
This cinema closed in 1994 when Carmike Cinemas built a huge 10-screen multiplex theater located near South Square Mall at the intersection of Shannon Road and Martin Luther King Parkway that opened later that year.
1975-1987 CinemaNational Theatres
1987-1992 USA National Theatres
1992-1994 Carmike Cinemas
CORRECTION: The South Square Mall Cinemas officially opened on December 26,1975 as the Triangle’s newest modern design theater and Durham’s first multiplex cinema under CinemaNational Corporation and later operated under Boston-based USA Theatres. The seating capacity was 800.
The Opening Attractions for the Grand Opening of the South Square Mall Cinemas on December 26,1975 were:
Screen 1: Burt Reynolds in HUSTLE
Screen 2: Al Pacino in DOG DAY AFTERNOON
Screen 3: Michael Caine in THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Screen 4: Sidney Poitier in LET’S DO IT AGAIN.
Seating capacity for Screen 1 was 250
Seating capacity for Screen 3 was 250
Seating capacity for Screen 2 was 150
Seating capacity for Screen 4 was 150
This theatre couldn’t hold back the capacity crowds when they played “SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE”(1978)…not to mention the lines snaked around the cinema for
“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”, “E.T.”,“TEMPLE OF DOOM”, “FIRST BLOOD II”,and “BACK TO THE FUTURE”.
At the time of the Parkwood Cinema’s opening in 1968,the original Parkwood Shopping Center opened in mid-1964 as a open-air strip plaza that became one of the largest suburban shopping centers in Eastern North Carolina. It’s original anchors included Roses,
Penney’s,Kerr Discount Drugs and a Winn-Dixie supermarket. The expansion of turning Parkwood Shopping Center into a indoor mall didn’t come until 1978 when Belk Tyler’s department store moved from Downtown Wilson into Parkwood Mall along with the anchors J.C. Penney,Kerr Discount Drugs and Roses and other speciality shops,which left Parkwood Mall by the late-1990’s/early-2000’s not long after the Parkwood Cinema closed in 2004. The rest of the mall has been demolished leaving two of the original anchors J.C. Penney and Roses along with the new Carmike Cinema 10. The Belk Department Store is now over at Heritage Crossing Center on the opposite end of Ward Boulevard.
The original theater was a single screener with 560-seats. It was twinned on November 9,1974 adding 323 seats,bringing the total to 883,and was renamed the Parkwood Cinema 1 & 2. By November 21,1984,it expanded from two to three screens and was renamed the Parkwood Cinema 1-2-3. Carmike took over in 1986 and renamed it the Parkwood Mall Triple until it closed in 2004.
From the Wednesday August 7,1968 edition of the Wilson Daily Times:
WILSON NEW 560-SEAT THEATER-CEREMONIES SCHEDULED
THE NEW PARKWOOD CINEMA WILL OPEN THURSDAY
Grand opening ceremonies for Wilson’s new 560-seat Parkwood Cinema will be held at 8:00pm tomorrow at the modern theater facility in the Parkwood Shopping Center.
Master of ceremonies will be Bill Bunn of radio station WGTM-AM. Participating in the ceremony will be Roddy Brown,president of the Parkwood Merchants Association;William A. Bridgers,Jr.,president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce,and Wilson’s Mayor E.B. Pittman;Miss Irma Jewel Smith,Miss Wilson,and the Rev. Larry Patterson,associate pastor of First Christian Church who will deliver the invocation.
Executives of Stewart and Everett Theatres,Inc.,which owns the new movie house will attend the opening ceremony. They will include Charles B. Trexler,president;Eddie Morris,advertising manager for the company,and W.W. Cunningham,eastern division manager. Phil Wicker,president of Standard Theater Supply Company;John Shaver,sound engineer for Carolina Sound Equipment and Service Company of Charlotte;and Dean Phillips,manager of the Charlotte branch of Standard Theater Supply Company of Charlotte and Greensboro will also be special guests. They will represent the companies who installed the majority of equipment for the Parkwood Cinema.
In addition,managers of film companies have been invite. According to Haywood Brown,manager of the Center Theatre,who will also be the manager of the new Parkwood Cinema. A select group of local people has been invited to the grand opening to view Paramount’s “The Odd Couple” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
The Cinema is located in the Western section of the Parkwood Shopping Center next to N.C. Highway 42/Tarboro Street exit facing Ward Boulevard. Several hundred “front door” parking spaces are available for patrons. A special 54-seat smoking section is included in the new facility. In this section,patrons may watch the movie on the 40-foot wide screen and smoke all at the same time. The smoke will rise overhead through specially installed smoking vents.
The theater,first of its hype to be constructed in North Carolina,is 127 feet in length and 60 feet wide,and is decorated in gold and pine-green olive. The Parkwood Cinema features a comfortable lounge,lobby,refreshment center,new deluxe push-back seats and the most modern sound and projection equipment. Regular showing times will be for two matinee showings and three evening shows with the last showing at 10:00pm. The Cinema will have matinees daily.
After the grand opening showing of “The Odd Couple”,the coming attractions to the Parkwood Cinema will be “Bandolero”,“Prudence And The Pill”,along with
“The Detective”,“With Six You Get Eggroll”, “How Sweet It Is”,and “The Swimmer”. Other coming attractions coming soon will be the epic spectacles “The Bible”,“Far From The Madding Crowd”,and “Oliver!”
Closed in 1983.