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raysson commented about Yorktowne Twin on Sep 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

The Google location is all wrong.

The address is 2500 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard and the zip code is 27707. At the corner of Bedford Street and Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard(at U.S. 15-501 Business)

The theater was right next door to the E.F. Hutton Building(which is now the headquarters of Mutual Savings and Loan building),and across the street from the Shrimp Boats Family Seafood Restaurant.

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raysson commented about Yorktowne Twin on Sep 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

THEATRE HISTORY OF THE YORKTOWNE:

Opened on May 28,1969 under Schneider-Merl Theatres as a 750-seat single screener named the Yorktowne Theatre. The opening attraction for its grand opening was James Coburn and Lee Remick in HARD CONTRACT. It operated as a single screen theatre from 1969 to 1975. Among the biggest blockbusters that played here were “THE GODFATHER”, “CHINATOWN”, “THE LAST DETAIL”, “PAPILLON”, “THE GETAWAY”, “LADY SINGS THE BLUES” not to mention “LOVE STORY”,“SAVE THE TIGER”,“FRITZ THE CAT”,and “THE GODFATHER PART II” just to name a few. When it was a single screen theatre it played a lot of “X” rated films during its midnight screenings.

By June 20,1975,Schneider-Merl went under and the Yorktowne was under new management under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres. A second auditorium was built right next to the original,keeping the original auditorium of 750-seats intact. The second auditorium seated 300 and it was renamed the Yorktowne Theatres 1 & 2. The June 20,1975 grand re-opening was on Auditorium 1 “Jaws” with Roy Schneider and Richard Dreyfuss. Auditorium 2’s opening attraction was Gene Hackman in “French Connection II”. By 1977,it was renamed the Yorktowne Twin Theatres under Martin Theatres. Not only did “JAWS” broke all Durham movie attendance records,but also on July 1,1977 the original “STAR WARS” movie shattered the previous all-time movie attendance record in the history of this theatre. Among the movies also played here were the original “STAR TREK” movie.

By 1982 the Yorktowne became one of several theatres acquired by Carmike Cinemas after its acquisition of Martin Theatres.

By 1987 it went from showing first-run films to becoming a dollar run discount house until its closing in 1995. It became a megachurch until 2005. And by 2008 it was demolished.

1969-1975 Schneider-Merl Theatres

1975-1982 Martin Theatres

1982-1995 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinemas 4 on Sep 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

What a way to open a theatre with the WORST movie of the 1980’s “D.C. CAB” with Irene Cara and Mr. T. yes that Mr. T!

Not to mention it open with the BEST gangster flick of the early-1980’s “SCARFACE” with one of the greatest actors of our generation Al Pacino!!!

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raysson commented about Delta Road Cinema 6 on Sep 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Stephenvb: In my possession I have the original ads from the grand opening of the Delta 6 in 1990. E-mail me at

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raysson commented about University Cinemas 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Speaking of Steven Spielburg’s THE GOONIES it was the only theatre in the state and the only Charlotte cinema that presented it in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo. Ad for August 2,1985

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raysson commented about University Cinemas 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I have found the original ads for the opening of the University Place 6. If you need to see them,please e-mail me at

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raysson commented about University Cinemas 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I have the original ads from the grand opening that was advertise in the Charlotte Observer on August 2,1985. The grand opening attractions for the opening of the University Place 6 were

1-“Follow The Bird”

2-“The Emerald Forest”

3-“Prizzi’s Honor”

4-“The Goonies”-Charlotte’s only presentation in 70MM

5-“Fright Night”

6-“Weird Science”

The Coming Attractions?

“Back To The Future”

“Big Top Pee Wee”

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raysson commented about University Cinemas 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This was known as the UNIVERSITY PLACE CINEMA 6 that opened under Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres on August 2,1985. Carmike Cinemas acquired this theatre in 1990 after it bought out Consolidated Theatres. Carmike reduced it to a discount dollar house when it closed in 1998.

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raysson commented about Town Cinema 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

Closed under Carmike Cinemas on June 16,1997.

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raysson commented about Town Cinema 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

Open on May 24,1985 under Stewart and Everett Theatres The Town Cinema 6 was Charlotte’s state of the art deluxe cinema complex.

THE OPENING ATTRACTIONS FROM THE TOWN CINEMA 6:

“AMADEUS”-First Charlotte Showing in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo Presentation[The Town Cinema 6 along with the Park Terrace(A Plitt Theatre) were the only two movie theatres in the greater Charlotte area that were equipped with full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo capabilities]

Sylvester Stallone in RAMBO FIRST BLOOD PART II

Roger Moore as James Bond 007 in A VIEW TO A KILL

Richard Pryor and John Candy in BREWSTER’S MILLIONS

Screens Five and Six opens May 31,1985….with…..

Chevy Chase in FLETCH

Steven Spielburg’s THE GOONIES

And Coming Soon To The Town Cinema 6:

Clint Eastwood in PALE RIDER

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raysson commented about Town Cinema 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

Town Cinema 6 was originally a Stewart and Everett Theatre that opened on May 24,1985 as Charlotte’s newest deluxe state-of-the-art theatre complex. S&E built several theatres based on its design on the same architectural structure: Cinema 4 in Aberdeen,the Havelock Cinema 4/6 in Havelock, Cinema 6 in Wilmington and Cinema 6 in Jacksonville not to mention Cinema 4/8 in Lexington and others within the region that were former S&E Theatres.

When Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Town Cinema 6 and others after Carmike’s acquisition of all S&E Theatres in 1986,it abandoned Aberdeen,Charlotte,and Lexington and replaced the Wilmington and Jacksonville Cinemas 6 with megaplexes. In Charlotte,Carmike closed the Capri and Village Theatres by the late-1980’s and the Town Cinema 6 went from showing first-run movies to becoming a second run dollar house under Carmike Cinemas. Only the Havelock Cinema remains in operation as it expanded from four to six screens and most recently expanded from six to eight screens in order to keep up with the competition.

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raysson commented about Delta Road Cinema 6 on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

Chuck1231: Do you have an e-mail address? I have the original ads for the opening of the Delta 6. It opened in 1990 and not 1999. Or better yet,you can contact me at

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinemas 4 on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

PREMIERE ATTRACTIONS FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF CINEMA 4 For Wednesday November 23,1983……….

1-Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood in BRAINSTORM

2-William Hurt in THE BIG CHILL

3-Matthew Broderick in WARGAMES

4-James Brolin and Burt Young in AMITYVILLE HORROR 3

AND COMING SOON ARE THE BIG ONES TO THE CINEMA 4

-Shirley MacLaine in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

-Al Pacino in SCARFACE

-John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE

-Irene Cara and Mr. T in “D.C. CAB”

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinemas 4 on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

Chuckl231 and NightHawk1: CINEMA 4 opened on November 23,1983 and it became Southern Pines/Aberdeen area’s first multiplex cinema under Stewart and Everett Theatres. It had the same identical structure as the other S&E buildings in Havelock(the Havelock Cinema 4 opened in December of 1983 under S&E and by 1987 expanded from 4 to 6 screens under Carmike Cinemas)and others in Jacksonville and Wilmington. The seating capacity was 950. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 and operated it until its closing in 2002.

THEATRE HISTORY:

1983-1986 Stewart and Everett
1986-2002 Carmike Cinemas

I have the original ad from the November 23,1983 edition of The Sandhills Citizen/The Robbins Record from information on this theatre. Stewart and Everett also in Southern Pines operated the Town and Country Twin Cinemas just around the block on Sandhills Blvd. E-Mail:

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

A lot of documentaries played here too as well including “Is Paris Burning?”.

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This theatre was owned and operated under Bruce H. Stone that opened on November 16,1990 as a two-screen independent cinema that had a seating capacity of 200(100 seats each in both auditoriums). The opening attractions for its grand premiere were on Screen 1 was Gerard Depardieu in “Too Beautiful For You”. On Screen 2 was the Oscar winning documentary titled “Berkeley In The Sixties”

The following week on November 23,1990 the showing were on Screen 1 “Bye Bye Blues”-which was an independent feature starring Michael Ontkean that originally was released in 1989. On Screen 2 was the erotic thriller “Henry and June” with Fred Ward and Uma Thurman.

On December 26,1996 this theatre expanded from two screens to three screens. The third auditorium had a seating capacity of 90,thus bringing the total number of seats the Chelsea has at 290. The opening features for its grand re-opening were on Screen 1 was “Ridicule” with Charles Berling and on Screen 2 was “Palookaville” with Vincent Gallo and William Forsythe. The Third Screen was a double feature with Kate Winslet in “Jude' and "Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh’s "Secrets and Lies”(that ended on December 31,1996). On January 1,1997 it opened with Jack Nicholson and Pierce Brosnan in “Mars Attacks!”(that recently played at the Carolina Theatre Downtown).

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raysson commented about Chelsea Theater on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Between this theatre and the Regal Timberlyne 6(which is across the street on Banks Drive),the two theatres have different audiences with the exception of the Chelsea being an art-house cinema that specializes in first-run independent features as well as foreign films and documentaries not to mention showing the occasional cult classic. The Chelsea has excellent customer service and brilliant projection,but the auditoriums are very small with one that is about the size of an elementary school classroom. I have seen a lot of good movies that have played here first-run at the Chelsea that attracts good crowds. I saw John Singleton’s “Boyz In The Hood” in 1991 when this was still a twin cinema. Other movies that played here were “Straight Out Of Brooklyn”,“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”,“Bully',"Sicko”,“Talk To Me”,“Menace II Society”,“Rosewood”,among others and the most recent was “Lee Daniels' The Butler” that is still bringing out capacity crowds for a theatre that size. Not only first-run features but cult favorites got the re-release here including “Caligula”,and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. I’m amazed that this theatre has outlasted two Downtown Chapel Hill theaters(with the exception of the Varsity Theatre Downtown which in 2009 transitioned from first-run features to showing second-run discount films and classics)…the Carolina which closed in 2005 on East Franklin Street and the Ram Triple which closed in 2000.

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raysson commented about Northwood Theatre on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

This theatre became the subject of numerous protests and demonstrations regarding this theatre’s segregation policies of not admitting people of color. By mid-1963,the Northwood Theatre was integrated.

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raysson commented about The lights may also go out on the Chelsea Theatre on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

This theatre did not open in 1998. It opened in 1990.

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raysson commented about The lights may also go out on the Chelsea Theatre on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

CORRECTION: The Chelsea Theater opened on November 16,1990 as a twin cinema with 200 seats. It expanded to three screens on December 26,1996. By 1998,it was still a 3-screen cinema showing first-run features and independent films.

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raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

For more about this theatre’s history please go to this site for further information. The address site is: http://www.docsouth.unc.edu

During the 1950’s and continuing into the early-to-mid 1960’s,the CAROLINA THEATRE on East Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill became the subject of numerous protests and boycott demonstrations regarding this theatre’s segregation policies of not admitting people of color. This theatre was heavily picketed and boycotted when it refused to let African-Americans enter during the showing of “Black Orpheus” on August 18,1960. The sit-ins continue outside the main entrance of the theatre and was picketed until the film ended its weekly run on August 25,1960. Regarding the status of its policies numerous protests continued. Another film that really brought it to national and local attention regarding its segregation policies of not admitting black patrons continued when protests and numerous sit-ins outside the main entrance of the theatre as well as demonstrations when the CAROLINA THEATRE showed the film “Porgy and Bess” starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge that played for a week running from January 2,1961 until January 9,1961. Numerous protests and sit-in demonstrations continue outside the main entrance of the theatre became front page news in the January 9,1961 edition of the Chapel Hill News with the main front heading titled:

“THEATER PICKETING TO CONTINUE;TWO STUDENTS ARRESTED”

This theatre was still picketed during the course of the film’s run in the town along with the other segregated cinema,THE VARSITY which was basically across the street and other Chapel Hill establishments that were fully segregated. It wasn’t until March of 1962 that a federal court order the CAROLINA and the VARSITY to integrated along with other businesses within the town. The CAROLINA on January 10,1961 replaced “Porgy and Bess” with another feature starring Sophia Loren in “A Breath of Scandal”,but still the theatre was still picketed and sit-ins outside the main entrance of the theatre continued. By,1963 the theatre was integrated due to a federal court’s desegregation order of all major businesses within the town of Chapel Hill.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

David Dymond: the original STAR WARS movie played here first-run on July 1,1977. Saw it here.

the original SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER played here first-run as the original ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

From 1952 until 1982,the VARSITY was owned and operated under H.B. Meiselman-Eastern Federal Theatres.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

David Dymond: The small tunnel to the front theatre that was illminated with Tivoli lighting was done in 1982 when this theatre was split into two sections and was renamed THE VARSITY 1 & 2 under Greensboro/Burlington based Janus Theatres. From 1982 until 2009,this theatre was Chapel Hill’s only venue for first-run features as well as foreign and independent releases until it changed hands when it became an independent cinema that was owned and operated by Bruce H. Stone that shows second-run films and classic Hollywood releases..

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raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA played here at the CAROLINA as a general release on April 2,1964.