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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.
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
1969-1975 Schneider-Merl Corporation
1975-1982 Martin Theatres
1982-2008 Carmike Cinemas
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.
1979-1986 Stewart and Everett Theatres, Inc.
1986-2004 Carmike Cinemas
I remember seeing THE EXORCIST here on March 1,1974 at Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
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.
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.
MARY POPPINS was a crowd favorite at the Northgate!!!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
I went to the Chelsea in 1999 to see “The Blair Witch Project” which played on two screens to capacity crowds. The service and projection was excellent since the movie was being shown in a very “tiny” auditorium,about the size of an classroom. Went back again in 2001 to see “Hedwig And the Angry Inch” in the same auditorium that was about the size of a classroom but the projection and quality were very good. But I had to experience seeing “Hedwig” again at a real movie theater(Raleigh’s Colony 1 & 2). I’m amazed that the Chelsea has outlasted three downtown Chapel Hill theaters(The Carolina Theatre, The Varsity 1 & 2,and the Ram Triple at NCNB Plaza)every since its official opening in 1990. A lot of first-run independent films played here as well as documentaries and foreign releases as well as vintage Hollywood classics. Movies like “The Kids Are Alright”,“Sicko”,“Submarine”,“Tiny Furniture”,to “Talk To Me”,“Boyz In The Hood”,“Menace II Society” and even “Dead Presidents” and “The Melvin Van Peebles Story” to hard-hitting documentaries like “Bully”,“Blackfish”,“Bowling for Columbine”,and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” brought in capacity crowds for a cinema that size. Not to mention that it is very close to Regal’s Timberlyne 6(although the two theaters have different audiences)which is across the street from the Timberlyne Shopping Center off Banks Drive.
Seating capacity for this theatre was at 2,230.
Multi-Cinemas corporation was basically a separate entity from American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres).
Multi-Cinemas based in Charlotte was a subsidiary with Consolidated Theatres,also based in Charlotte.
Multi-Cinemas at one time not only operated the Tryon Mall,but also the Queen Park Cinemas on South Blvd.,
and the University Place Cinemas 6. During the mid-1980’s,the Tryon Mall became a second-run discount house under Multi-Cinemas,while The Queen Park and the University Place were first-run movie houses until the mid-1990’s when the Tryon Mall closed and the Queen Park and University Place became second-run theatres.
For the record,
Plitt Southern Theatres closed the Tryon Mall 4 in 1984. Multi-Cinemas took over the operations of the Tryon Mall that same year when they turned this cinema into a second-run discount movie house with reduced admission until its closing in 1996.
Cineplex Odeon NEVER operated this theatre. Plitt closed it before long Cineplex Odeon was about to take over the remaining Plitt Theatres in the greater Charlotte area including the Park Terrace.
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.