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raysson commented about Mall Twin Theatres on May 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

On the marquee at the MALL THEATRES 1 AND 2: June 22,1979…..“ALIEN” in DOLBY STEREO Special additional late show Friday and Saturday!!! Sorry, No Plitt Advanced Ticket Specials or Passes Accepted for this feature. Please attend our Matinees! Avoid the crowds….Plenty of free parking within the Asheville Mall!!!

Due to the extreme content of this picture,we strongly advised that NO ONE Under 17 will not be admitted and must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian for this picture.

raysson commented about Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm


1973-1990 Irvin-Fuller Theatres

1990-1995 Roth Theatres

raysson commented about Carmike Biltmore Twin Theatres on May 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I will have this information updated for Cinema Treasures. It originally opened as the Biltmore Theatre and was under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres.

raysson commented about Sycamore Cinemas V on May 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

I have the original newspaper scan ads for its grand opening on June 5,1987. The Sycamore Cinema V replaced the former King Theatre. Contact me at

raysson commented about Omni Cinemas 8 on May 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

Fairlane-Litchfield Corporation operated several theatres within North Carolina,South Carolina,Georgia, and several Southeastern states. This was one of those theatres acquired. Fairlane-Litchfield sold most of their screens to United Artists in the mid-to-late 1980’s with the exception of the ones they kept and later sold to other chains(The Omni Cinemas 8 was sold off to Consolidated Theatres by the late-1980’s). Their corporate management began operating and rebuilding their organization and a new company called Litchfield Theatres LTD by going into markets they had not been in by opening newer and flashier multiplexes in Tennessee( in the metro areas of Nashville,Memphis and Knoxville),the greater Atlanta area, greater Savannah area and other parts of Georgia,Florida and a few other locations including Alabama,and Southeastern Virginia.

In North Carolina,Fairlane-Litchfield operated several theatres throughout the state which some were bought out by United Artists around 1988 and 1989. Originally located with their headquarters in Easley,SC….the main man was Foster McKissack was president of the Litchfield Organization while Ulmer Eady was head of operations…..The operation later on moved to Litchfield’s resort on the South Carolina coast and renamed it “Litchfield By The Sea”.

After the sudden death of President McKissack,all of Litchfield’s screens were bought out by Regal Cinemas who also later on bought out United Artists.

The Omni Cinemas 8 was the only Fairlane-Litchfield theatre chain in Fayetteville and the first in the Cumberland County and surrounding markets before it was taken over by Consolidated Theatres and later by Regal Cinemas before it was later sold to an independent chain.

raysson commented about Water Tower Place Cinemas on May 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

THE WATER TOWER PLACE CINEMAS opened to the public on April 20,1987 under Charlotte based Multi-Cinemas as Gastonia’s only second-run discount house. It was a four-screen theatre,and later on expanded to ten screens before closing in 2003.

I have the ads at

raysson commented about UA Litchfield Cinemas on May 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

THE LITCHFIELD CINEMAS originally opened to the public on December 10,1982 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres. The premiere attractions for its official grand opening were on Screen 1 “48 Hours”; Screen 2 “The Last Unicorn”; Screen 3 “Airplane II:The Sequel”,and on Screen 4 “An Officer and a Gentlemen”.

By 1988 it was acquired by United Artists Theatres who changed the name to the UA Litchfield Cinemas 4 and it remained that way until it close in 2004.

I have the ads from its grand opening. See me if you need additional information at

raysson commented about Omni Cinemas 8 on May 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

OMNI CINEMAS originally opened to the public on July 3,1990 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres. Consolidated Theatres took over this theatre in the mid-1990’s and later on Regal Cinemas acquired the operations in 2005 after its acquisition of Consolidated Theatres.

I have in my possession the original newspaper ad from July 3,1990 if anyone is interested in the grand opening of the Omni Cinemas 8. Contact me at this address: Thank you.

raysson commented about Water Tower Place Cinemas on May 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I have found the original ad for the opening of this theatre and it did not open in 1985. I will revise this and posted onto the Cinema Treasures site.

At the time of its opening,it replaced the Village Twin Theatres which at the time Carmike turned it into a second-run discount house.

raysson commented about UA Litchfield Cinemas on May 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Scott Neff, Mike Rogers, TLSLOEWS, GMNash and Lost Memory

This theatre opened WAY before 1990. I have found the original ads for this cinema and will be revised once I scan the advertisement for its grand opening. In fact this movie theatre opened sometime during the early 80’s.

raysson commented about Carmike Cardinal Cinemas I-II-III on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Eddie Murphy in BEVERLY HILLS COP played here first-run on December 5,1984 when the Cardinal I & II were under Plitt Southern Theatres.

Cineplex Odeon turned the Cardinal 3 into a second run discount theatre and so did Carmike Cinemas until its closing in 1994.

raysson commented about Sycamore Cinemas V on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

NightHawk1 and CZWalczak: The Sycamore Cinema V was operating as discount house as way back as 1987,and I will do research to find the official year this theatre opened. I’m thinking either late-1986 or mid-1987.

raysson commented about Westwood Cinema 6 on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

The only theatre that was under Martin Theatres that Carmike bought out was the Valley Twin Theatres off Sycamore Dairy Road that closed in 1990 as a discount movie house.

The Westwood 6,the King Triple,the Bragg,and the Carolina(Downtown),along with the Haymount were the only theatres in Fayetteville that were under Stewart and Everett.

The Bordeaux Cinemas and Eutaw Twin Theatres were owned and operated under Consolidated Theatres and later on were bought out by Carmike Cinemas. The former Cardinal Theatres at Fayetteville Mall were operated under ABC,Plitt,and later Cineplex Odeon before being taken over by Carmike Cinemas in the early-1990’s.

Cross Creek Mall and Cross Pointe were NEVER under Carmike. These two theatres were operated under General Cinema Corporation. Even though they did have strong competition from a huge 12-plex that Carmike Cinemas opened putting these two theatres under General Cinema out of business.

raysson commented about Cardinal Theatres I & II on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

The Reserved Seat Engagements of GONE WITH THE WIND played here in 70MM-6 Track Stereophonic Sound on December 22,1967.

raysson commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

It was also known as the PLITT AT GASTON MALL under Plitt Southern Theatres.

Eddie Murphy’s “BEVERLY HILLS COP” played here to huge crowds upon its December 5,1984 opening.

By the 1987 it was twinned under Cineplex Odeon which closed it in 1991.

raysson commented about Village Plaza 5 on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

FYI-A Dolby Stereo System was installed in the cinema’s third auditorium in the Spring of 1978 prior to the opening of “Grease” which played here in Dolby Stereo during the summer of 1978. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” played here in the fall of 1978 as a re-release issue in Dolby. The system was already in place for the Triangle showing of “Alien” which played here on June 22,1979 in Dolby Stereo. It was already up and running in time for the Triangle showing of “The Empire Strikes Back” on June 20,1980 in Dolby Stereo. Also to point out it did show a lot of films with Dolby Stereo presentations…among them “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Purple Rain”, “The Goonies”, “Extreme Prejudice”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

raysson commented about Garner Towne Square 10 on Apr 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

Mike Rogers, CSWalczak: The Garner Towne Square Cinemas had a great location that was nestled between the Garner Towne Square Shopping Center and nearby Highway 70. I recently found a newspaper ad from the News and Observer scanning on the opening of this theatre. The Garner Towne Square 10 opened on August 15,1997. If you need to see the ad for its grand opening I have it in my possession. My e-mail address is Thank you.

I do remember seeing James Cameron’s “Titanic” first-run here playing on 2 screens on December of 1997.

raysson commented about Thunderbird 601 Drive-In on Apr 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

STAR WARS played here as a re-release on July 28,1978. It was so successful that the management kept it on the venue until September of 1978.

raysson commented about Thunderbird 601 Drive-In on Apr 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

It was known as the Highway 601 Drive-In when it opened on June 10,1952. In my possession I have the ads for its grand opening through vintage newspaper scans. If you need to see them,please let know. My e-mail address is . Thank you.

raysson commented about Carmike Gateway 4 Cinemas on Apr 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

Blockbuster movies got first-run billing at this theatre ranging from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”,to “The Empire Strikes Back”,“Return of the Jedi”,“Indiana Jones”,“E.T.” to “Beverly Hills Cop”.

raysson commented about Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12 on Apr 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Charlotte based Consolidated Theatres opened the Beaver Creek Commons Cinemas on May 5,2006 and by mid-2009 was bought out by Regal Entertainment Group after its acquisition of Consolidated Theatres. It was Apex’s first multiplex theatre to operated in the town. It serves the areas of Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Carpenter, Morrisville and as far as Fuquay-Varina and even as near as Jordan Lake and nearby Pittsboro(in nearby Chatham County).

FYI: The Beaver Creek Commons Shopping Center opened in 2003 at the intersections of Highways U.S. 64 and N.C. 55 on development that used to be a former car dealership. The main anchor stores are Lowe’s Home Improvement, Super Target, Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx/Home Front, Kirkland’s and H.H. Gregg(which used to be the former Circuit City)along with other specialty stores and services.

Before it became Beaver Creek Commons from what I remembered from back in its heyday….a former Chevrolet-Buick car dealership,and empty pastures of nothing but corn and tobacco fields not to mention country barns and that was it….before it was torn down and turned into a shopping center megaplex. From what I remembered of Apex years ago(go back some 25 and even 30 years ago)…when the intersections of Highways 64 and 55 were nothing but two-lane back country roads alongside cow pastures and barns…Apex was very Mayberry like with nothing but the local Piggly Wiggly grocer(now Scott’s Food Center),and the local Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits and the local Hardees(always a fan favorite),and that was it…..

The former Piggly Wiggly(now Scott’s Food Center),along with Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits are still there in Apex. But the small town look has completely gone with most of it on the outskirts of the city. But in perspective,the Hardees is still there right next door to Dallas' along with the former Ramada Inn and Seafood Restaurant that is now being taken over by pop ups of McDonald’s and Wal-Mart,not to mention the local Waffle House.

raysson commented about Galaxy Cinemas on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

THE IMPERIAL CINEMAS expanded from four to six screens in December, 1994.

raysson commented about Carmike Brynn Marr 3 on Mar 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

“Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy played here first-run On December 5,1984 when it was the Brynn-Marr Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett.

raysson commented about Martin Twin Theatres on Mar 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm

CORRECTION: Seating capacity for both auditoriums seated 600 totaling 1,200 seats.

Only the original STAR WARS movie played here first-run on July 1,1977 at High Point’s Martin Twin.

“THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” & “RETURN OF THE JEDI” did not played first run at the Martin Twin. Those two sequels to Star Wars played first-run at High Point’s Capri Triple and not at the Martin Twin.

By the late-1980’s the Martin Twin became a discount cinema under Carmike until its closing in 1995.

raysson commented about Southpark 6 Cinemas on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

Open in 1990 under Cineplex Odeon. Neighborhood Theatres took over operations in 1995 after Cineplex Odeon folded. Regal Cinemas operated it from 1995 until its closing in 2007 when Regal opened the newer and flashier Southpark Mall Stadium 16 that same year.