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“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.
From the May 28,1969 advertisement of the Durham Herald.
OPENING WEDNESDAY! GRAND OPENING OF DURHAM NEWEST ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA….
THE BEAUTIFUL YORKTOWNE THEATRE-Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
THE THEATRE OF TOMORROW BRINGS YOU A NEW WORLD OF EXCITEMENT AND WONDERFUL ENJOYMENT IN THE TRIANGLE
-Years ahead in comfort and design
-The Completely modern Rocking Lounger Chair Theatre!
-Perfect vision from any seat with the finest projection
-Super Panavision Widescreen
-Full Stereophonic Sound
-Open Air Concession Stand For Your Convenience
-Year Round Air Condition Comfort and Format
-ACRES OF CONVENIENT FREE PARKING
THE PREMIERE ATTRACTION OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8:00“HARD CONTRACT” with James Coburn and Lee Remick
AND THE BIG ATTRACTIONS ARE COMING TO THE YORKTOWNE!!!
-Gregory Peck in “THE CHAIRMAN”
-Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw “GOODBYE COLUMBUS”
-Omar Sharif in “CHE”
-William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in “THE WILD BUNCH”
-Don Knotts in “THE LOVE GOD”
-Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau in “CACTUS FLOWER”
AND MANY MORE TO COME!!!!
Coming Soon! The Movie Musical Event of the Year is coming to the YORKTOWNE THEATRE…“PAINT YOUR WAGON”
Jay Morong and Chuck1231:
When the MANOR THEATRE opened in 1947,it was a single screen theatre with a seating capacity of 700. When this theatre was a single screener it was the showcase for a round of reserved seat engagement presentations among them North Carolina premieres like “Around The World in 80 Days”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Sand Pebbles”, “Funny Girl”,“The Agony and the Ecstasy” among others. It was also got the exclusive engagement showings like “The Sting” too. It was still a single screener by 1978 when it’s run of “Grease” broke all Charlotte attendance records. It wasn’t until 1979 when this theatre was split into two sections becoming the MANOR TWIN THEATRES. When it became a twin cinema in 1979 both auditoriums had a seating capacity of 186 when brings the correct seating count to 372 seats in both auditoriums.
Due to the success of the first movie,the film spawned three sequels.
“DIE HARD 2:DIE HARDER”–(1990)
“DIE HARD III”–(1995)
“LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD”–(2007)
And just recently the franchise spawned a fourth installment that will be general release on Febraury 14, 2013 titled “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”
Charlotte was absent from the 70MM presentations of DIE HARD. Instead it was a general release on July 20,1988 where it played at four area theatres in the Charlotte area,among them Charlottetown Mall where it was presented in DOBLY STEREO.
Chuck1231 and Nighthawk1:THIS WILL BE CORRECTED.
The Movies at North Hills 14 opened on December 21,2004 under Eastern Federal Corporation. Eastern Federal(which was based out of Charlotte)took over the lease to this theater until it sold to Regal Cinemas in 2005 as part of an acquisition from Eastern Federal(which also at that time operated the Brier Creek Cinemas).
What a horrible way to open a new theatre with the premiere attraction of “HANSEL AND GRETEL:WITCH HUNTERS”.
Nice theatre in a huge shopping complex off Chapel Hill Road that opened on the day of the worst ice storm in the Triangle’s history….but it didn’t disappoint the 250 plus crowds who lined up to see this movie FREE….. plus got extra bargain specials at the concession stand.
Stone Theatres is underway to construct a 14-screen multiplex to open in Holly Springs for June of 2013. No word on whether a multiplex in Knightdale hasn’t yet to get off the ground. That is still pending.
The MANOR THEATRE opened on December 4,1941 with the main attraction “Three Cocketed Sailors”.
Closed in 1985 under Piedmont Theatres.
Closed on October 31,1974
Opening on January 25,2013 under Stone Theatres.
The opening attraction for it’s grand opening…..
“HANSEL AND GRETEL:THE WITCH HUNTERS”
Playing on 3 Screens in PDX-format and Dobly Digital.
From the Durham Herald-Sun ad from February 25,1970:
DIRECT FROM IT’S LONG RUN ROADSHOW ENGAGEMENTS WITH EVERY SONG AND SCENE..ALL THE LOVE AND LAUGHTER..DURHAM FINALLY GETS TO SEE BARBRA AS FUNNY GIRL AT POPULAR PRICES…EVER TICKET HOLDER IS GUARANTEED A SEAT….
NO RESERVED SEATING…..PLENTY OF FREE PARKING……
SEE THIS COLOSSAL EVENT ON THE SUPER WIDESCREEN IN COLOR AND FULL STEREOPHONIC SOUND…A TRIANGLE EXCLUSIVE!!!!
“FUNNY GIRL” In TECHNICOLOR AND PANAVISION…Rated G
TWO PERFORMANCES DAILY….WITH AN EXTRA SHOWING SATURDAY
HURRY BEFORE IT LEAVES…..YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!
The IMAX addition when it opened on May 20,2011 was under then Charlotte-based Stone Theatres. By December of 2011,Stone Theatres was gone and Rave Cinemas took over the Soutnpoint Mall Cinemas' operations. Rave Cinemas took over Southpoint in January of 2012 and was acquired by AMC Theatres on January 18,2013 when AMC acquired this theatre along with nine other cinemas that were under Rave Cinemas.
THEATRE HISTORY OF THE SOUTHPOINT MALL CINEMAS:
2002-2008 Consolidated Theatres Group
2008-2012 Stone Theatres Group
2012-2013 Rave Cinemas
2013-Present AMC Theatres (American Multi-Cinemas)
As of January 18,2013, the Southpoint Mall Cinemas and IMAX has been acquired by AMC Theatres(American Multi-Cinemas)….the theatre has been listed as having 16 screens,but instead has a 450 seat IMAX theatre so that would make it 17 screens. This is AMC Theatres' first operation in the greater Triangle area. More information is on this website:
This was one of the several ULTRAVISION theatres that operated under Wilby-Kincey Theatres in 1969 and later on by ABC Southeastern and Plitt Southern Theatres. By the mid-1980’s,Kleesburg Theatres took over the Terrace’s operations until it’s closing in 1991. This theatre was NEVER under Cineplex Odeon when it closed.
Chuck1231 and Katmdo:
You’re absolutely right….Carmike didn’t buy out Cineplex Odeon. They purchased some of the theatres that were once under Plitt Southern Theatres. By the early-1990’s the theatres including the Cardinal in Raleigh,the Carolina in Chapel Hill,and the Thruway in Winston-Salem closed. Also under Plitt were the closing of the Thunderbird Drive-In in Salisbury and the Fort Drive-In in Fayetteville(both were under Plitt and ABC Theatres)…..the Terrace in Greensboro and the Terrace Theatres in Burlington were acquired under Janus Theatres. So here are the theatres Carmike purchased or acquired that were formerly Plitt/Cineplex Odeon……
Raleigh: Tower Twin
Rocky Mount: Cardinal 3
Fayetteville: Cardinal 3
Winston-Salem: Marketplace 6
Asheville: Terrace 1 & 2
Raleigh: Tower Merchants Cinemas 6
Raleigh: Waverly Place 6
Rocky Mount: Golden East Crossing 6
Gastonia: Gaston Mall
Charlotte: Park Terrace
Charlotte: Matthews Festival Cinemas 10
Hickory: Terrace 3
Kleesburg Theatres by 1986 acquired the Terrace Theatres from Cineplex Odeon. Kleesburg Theatres basically operated the Rowan Plaza Theatres 1 & 2 that closed in December of that year becoming the Salisbury Mall Cinemas which opened around Christmas Day of 1986.
After July,1990,theatres that were under Cineplex Odeon sold most of it’s North Carolina locations to Carmike with the exception of several theatres that had the same architectural structure as the Terrace Theatres in Salisbury. If you look at the other Terrace Theatres in Hickory,Asheville,Greensboro and Burlington,the Cardinal in Raleigh and the Cardinal Theatres in Jacksonville and Rocky Mount,and Fayetteville and the Center in Durham basically had the same similar design and concept. When Carmike took over and bought out Cineplex Odeon,several theatres including the Cardinal in Raleigh,the Carolina in Chapel Hill,and the Thunderbird Drive-In in Salisbury and The Fort Drive-In in Fayetteville closed it’s doors forever under Cineplex Odeon. Carmike took over the remaining cinemas(including the Park Terrace and the Thruway,and all of the Terrace and Cardinal theatres in the state).
“Les Miserables” was one of two theatres in the country that opened as an exclusive reserved seat engagement complete with full overture,intermission,and exit music at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater. Everybody else got the general release for Christmas Day,2012.
What? Let’s hope that the City of Charlotte does not turn this landmark theatre into another Downtown Office Building. I would love to see the CAROLINA THEATRE restore to it’s vintage glory. The CAROLINA was the state’s grand palace and it was the first and foremost theatre in the state to get the Exclusive Carolina Showing of “Gone With The Wind” on January 29,1940.
From the June 3,1966 ad from the Raleigh News and Observer…..on the showing of MY FAIR LADY at the State Theatre….
“DIRECT FROM IT’S EXCLUSIVE ROADSHOW ENGAGEMENT! FINALLY,
RALEIGH CAN SEE "MY FAIR LADY” AT POPULAR PRICES AT THE STATE THEATRE…."