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70mm and 6 Track Stereophonic Sound in North Carolina:
Only Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre was the only theatre in the state that showed this in CINERAMA.
The Grand Opening Feature for the TERRACE THEATRE on December 25,1966 was “Follow Me Boys” Starring Fred MacMurray….
NEXT ATTRACTION: George Peppard in “THE BLUE MAX” on January 12,1967…..
The Reserved Seat Engagement-First Greensboro Showing in 70mm!
Julie Andrews in “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” on February 2,1967…..
COMING SOON TO THE TERRACE THEATRE:
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift “RAINTREE COUNTY”
“THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”
The Reserved Seat Engagement-First Greensboro Showing in 70mm!The First Time in 70mm “GONE WITH THE WIND”
This was one of the theatres that CARMIKE abandoned and left to rot when it closed in 2002 and was demolished the following year.
This was one of the theatres that showed the “X” rated “YOU SO CRAZY”(Martin Lawrence’s stand-up comedy film) as a exclusive area engagement.
That was one of the theatres CARMIKE abandoned and left for dead when it close in 2001. When it closed,the theatre was completely guttered. So Sad.
This was one of the multiplexes that CARMIKE abandoned and left for dead when it closed in 2003. Reason why is no one knew where exactly the theatre was located not to mention even existed for that manner since the cinema was located on the other side of Bastion Lane at Tower Merchants right off the Traywick Road near the Raleigh Beltline in East Raleigh.
SIX FORKS STATION CINEMAS upon it’s grand opening on August 1,1986 was Cineplex Odeon’s first multiplex theatre in the greater Raleigh-Durham market.
Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre from 1986 thru 1991.
Carmike Cinemas operated this theatre from 1991 thru 2000. Carmike closed this theatre in 2000. Ambassador Entertainment took over operations in 2000 and reopened this theatre and refurnished it in 2003.
The 55th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s epic
SOUTH PACIFIC was a reserved seat engagement presentation at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre on June 25,1959. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas.
SOUTH PACIFIC played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre on June 25,1959. It was the ONLY showing of the film in the Carolinas.
Raleigh and other cities in the Carolinas didn’t get the film until September-November of 1959.
When the RIVERVIEW CINEMA was twinned in 1986,it was split into two sections. While the original auditorium had 550 seats,the twin cinema was split down the middle combining 275 seats each. It closed in 1995.
June 30,1973-COMING SOONMarlon Brando in “LAST TANGO IN PARIS”-Exclusive!
“SWEET JESUS PREACHER MAN”
Billy Dee Williams in “HIT”
Richard Pryor and Max Julian in “THE MACK”
June 29,1973-NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA
It’s Richard Roundtree!!! Back Again For More Slam Blam Action!!! in “SHAFT IN AFRICA”-Rated “R”
NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds for this feature we strongly urge moviegoers to arrive early for showtimes for the best seats. This feature will sell out quickly,so please be advised. EXTRA added late shows on Friday and Saturday night!!! SPECIAL: The First 200 customers in attendance gets 1 FREE box of popcorn and 1 FREE drink while this last!!! HURRY!!!
June 1,1973-Exclusive Engagement at RIVERVIEW CINEMA..
James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson in Sam Peckinpah’s
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID”-In Color Rated “R”
NOTE: Due to capacity crowds we urge moviegoers to arrive early for best seats! There will be No Passes Accepted…AVOID THE CROWDS..ATTEND MATINEES!!!
September 22,1973-Exclusive Engagement Showing…..
We’ve Got The Best In Town with Jim “Slaughter” Brown
“I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND”-In Color Rated “R”
NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds we urge movie goers to arrived early to get the best seats…This will sell out quickly!!! Avoid the crowds! Attend Matinees!
EXTRA added late show Friday and Saturday night!!!
SPECIAL: The First 200 Customers gets 1 FREE Box of Popcorn and 1 FREE drink while they last!!!!
December 17,1977 on the marquee:CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
March 8, 1970 at the STATE THEATREOn the marquee BARBRA STREISAND in FUNNY GIRLIn TECHNICOLOR.
“PAINT YOUR WAGON” played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre as a reserved seat engagement in 70mm on December 25,1969. It was the only showing of the film within the two Carolinas with two performances.
“BEN-HUR” was a reserved seat engagement in North Carolina in 1960.
“OLIVER!” also played here as a reserved seat engagement at the Plaza in early,1969. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas with two showings within performances.
I’m thinking that this was the movie that took over after THE GRADUATE with Dustin Hoffman played for weeks throughout Christmas of 1967 till mid-1968 or early 1969.
Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn in THE LION IN WINTER played here as a reserved seat engagement at Charlotte’s Capri Theatre on February 12, 1969. It was the ONLY roadshow presentation that played within the two Carolinas with two performances during each showing.
Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD,MAD,MAD WORLD was NEVER presented as a roadshow at the Charlottetown. It was a general release in 1964.
It was given two showings daily with reduced admission.
John Huston’s THE BIBLE was a reserved seat engagement at the Charlottetown around January, 1967.(aka The Cinema I & II)
“HAWAII” was a reserved seat engagement showing at the Carolina. It did not play at the Charlottetown.
“THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”(which was presented in Cinerama)
was a general release showing at Charlottetown. It was not a roadshow presentation NOR it was not presented in Cinerama neither.
Same with “KHARTOUM” that also played here as a general release. Due to the length of both films,it was given two showings daily.
The re-release of BEN HUR and EXODUS played here too as general releases.
BTW….All of the James Bond-007 pictures played at Charlottetown with the exception of “HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE”-which played first run at the Center.
The Bond Movies that played at Charlottetown(aka Cinema I & II):
“FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE”, “THUNDERBALL”, “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE”,
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”, “LIVE AND LET DIE”, “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN”,all the way with “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME”, “MOONRAKER”, “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”,“OCTOPUSSY”, “A VIEW TO A KILL”, to ‘THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS" and “LICENSE TO KILL”….
**The original PLANET OF THE APES played the Charlottetown first-run in June of 1968 as a general release.
Other RESERVED SEAT ENGAGEMENTS that played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre in 70mm and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound
“THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE”
“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”
“THE KING AND I”
“MARY,QUEEN OF SCOTS”
“THE EXORCIST” played here to capacity crowds on March 1, 1974.
“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” was the BIG Christmas attraction on December 16,1977.
There’s more from North Carolina…….
ONLY Raleigh, Asheville and Charlotte were the only theatres in the state that presented CLOSE ENCOUNTERS in DOBLY STEREO……
The theatres that were absent from this list……..
Chapel Hill: Carolina Twin
Durham: Center Twin aka Center 1 & 2
Burlington: Terrace 1 & 2
Sanford: Kendale Twin
Hickory: Terrace Twin
Greenville: Plaza 1 & 2
Aberdeen/Southern Pines: Town and Country 1 & 2
CAMELOT played at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre on December 25,1967 as a reserved seat engagement in 70MM and Stereophonic Sound. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas upon it’s roadshow release. Other cities in the Carolinas wouldn’t get CAMELOT until the July or August of 1968.
Irwin Allen’s THE TOWERING INFERNO played here in 70MM at Charlotte’s Park Terrace on December 14,1974. It was the only theatre in the two Carolinas that presented this movie in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound.