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Seating Capacity for this theatre was at 700.
Screen 1: 200
Screen 2: 200
Screen 3: 150
Screen 4: 150
Mike and Chuck1231:
I was THERE when the Willowdaile Cinema had the exclusive engagement showings of “TROIS” and the only showing in the Carolinas for Tony Brown’s “THE WHITE GIRL”. These were the type of movies that brought in HUGE black audiences!
Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre between 1987 and 1989 when you was the general manager. Cineplex Odeon operated it until 1991 when Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre until 1995 when it was purchased by Consolidated Theatres of Charlotte.
Opened on February 16,1969 as a single screener with a seating capacity of 600. Named the THRUWAY THEATRE or THE THRUWAY ULTRAVISION THEATRE
Second Auditorium opened in 1977 with a seating capacity of 350,and was renamed the Thruway 1 & 2 under ABC Theatres.
Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1994.
1969-1971 Wilby-Kincey Corporation/Paramount Theatres
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres
1987-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres
1991-1994 Carmike Cinemas
I have the ads from its May 31,1985 grand opening and the article in the Winston-Salem Journal about the opening of the Marketplace Cinema 6. If you need to see them,please e-mail me at
This theatre was closed by Carmike Cinemas in 2005. The Carmike Cinema 10 at Cleveland Mall replaced it.
Carmike took over the operations of this theatre until its closing in 2007.
Reason? A ten-screen multiplex muscled in the competition.
You’re right Stephen…….
CINEMA 1: 150
CINEMA 2: 150
CINEMA 3: 150
CINEMA 4: 150
When this theatre expanded from two to four screens under its new name THE GATEWAY CINEMA 4 during the early-1980’s when it was still under Stewart and Everett.
I have the ads if you need to see them
Was twinned by 1978 when ownership changed to Atlanta-based Martin Theatres and renamed the Newtowne Twin split it into two sections with a seating capacity of 265 each.
Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 until it closed in 2000 when it was a second-run discount house.
1967-1978 Statesville Theatre Corporation
1978-1986 Martin Theatres
1986-2000 Carmike Cinemas
Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under Fuller Sams as a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 530. The architect was Thomas Hutchens. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of the Newtowne Theatre was “Hombre” starring Paul Newman and Richard Boone.
Chuck1231, kenmcintyre and Mmandarano:
The grand opening of the GATEWAY CINEMA 1 & 2 was on December 21,1977 as Statesville’s second twin indoor theatre with both auditoriums having a seating capacity of 300 seats each. Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under the subsidiary of Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett. This theatre offers expanded snack bar and parking facilities as well as restroom facilities designed for people in wheelchairs.
The opening attractions for the December 21,1977 opening of the GATEWAY 1 & 2 are…….
CINEMA 1: Clint Eastwood in THE GAUNTLET
CINEMA 2: John Denver and George Burns in OH GOD!
The coming attractions “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Bobby Deerfield”, “The Betsy”,and “First Love”.
**The Statesville Theatre Corporation,under Fuller Sams,control all of the indoor movie houses and drive-ins in Statesville…Included are the Newtowne Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre Downtown Statesville, and the I-77 Drive-In Theatre and the Villa Heights Drive-In.
Other small cities and towns in North Carolina didn’t get JAWS until late-June or August of 1975.
Aberdeen/Southern Pines: Town and Country
Hickory: Terrace 1 & 2
Greenville: Plaza Cinema 1 & 2
Sanford: Kendale Cinema 1 & 2
Chapel Hill: Carolina
Burlington: Terrace 1 & 2
1515 East Broad Street, Newtowne Plaza Shopping Center
Statesville, NC 28625
The NEWTOWNE THEATRE was the first cinema to be built in Statesville since 1939 and it was the first suburban theater to be located in Statesville and Iredell County.
Correction: THE NEWTOWNE THEATRE opened on April 26,1967 under Statesville Theatre Corporation. Located on East Broad Street in the Newtowne Plaza at the Interstate 77 intersection.
RETURN OF THE JEDI played first-run at the Cardinal in 1983 when it was a two screen cinema under Plitt Southern Theatres. It opened on June 24,1983. I have the original newspaper ad on where it played!!!! If you need to see it,please contact me at
ALSO VIPER…..Check the website Digital Bits too….
Retrospective article on the 30th Anniversary of JEDI
And where it played first-run in North Carolina!!!
Small as this theatre was I’m surprised they knew how to handle the capacity crowds for bigger features. THE COLOR PURPLE played here as well as HOME ALONE.
Not to mention the original JAWS played here in 1975.
A lot of blockbuster movies played here at the Plaza Twin. I was there in 1986 when Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE broken all attendance records. The lines snaked from one end of the shopping center to the other.
But the lines really went beyond the limits in 2004 when Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST had people waiting in long,long lines and traffic back-up from one end of the shopping center to the other . Everyone in that town and all of Harnett County saw this movie,including neighboring counties too packed this theatre.
ADDRESS:2001 East Dixon Blvd. Shelby, NC 28150
Located on the opposite end of the Cleveland Mall.
This theatre replaced the Carmike Cinema 4.
It was known as the Cinema 1 & 2 that opened in 1974 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Stewart and Everett operated it until 1986 when Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre. It was under Carmike Cinemas that this theatre expanded from two to four screens until its closing by Carmike in the early 2000’s.
Carmike Berkeley Mall Cinema 4
Litchfield Cinema 4
UA Litchfield Cinema 6