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The CAROLINA THEATRE opened on March 7,1927.
Closed its doors on November 27,1978.
It was also the first theatre in the state to have full CINEMASCOPE projection for its showing of THE ROBE on October 29,1953. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas.
Among the roadshow engagements in 70mm at the CAROLINA:
“RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA”
“RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE”
“THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”
“THE ALAMO”-John Wayne
“THE KING AND I”-Yul Brenner
“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”
“PAINT YOUR WAGON”
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
THE CAROLINA THEATRE was the only theatre in the state of North Carolina that showed movies in CINERAMA……
Among the CINERAMA Engagements….
“HOW THE WEST WAS WON”
“THE WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM”
“ICE STATION ZEBRA”
“KRAKATOA:EAST OF JAVA”
“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”
I have one of the advertisement from the Marion, NC Newspaper that had a showing of “E.T.” back in 1982.
If you need to see this ad,please contact me at
This theatre opened in early-1980 as the McDowell Cinema 1 & 2 under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett.
Carmike Cinemas took over in 1986 and renamed it the McDowell Twin Theatres. By the mid-2000’s it was owned and operated under an Independent company until January of 2014.
Should be renamed the TOWNE TWIN THEATRES.
Closed in 1994 by Carmike Cinemas as a second-run cinema.
I have the original ads for the grand opening of the Merrimon Twin Theatre from December 21,1973.
“E.T.” also played first run at the Cardinal 1 & 2 in 1982 when it was still a two screen theatre. The film played in its largest auditorium to capacity crowds.
Not only “Batteries Not Included” was a real turkey of a film produced by Steven Spielburg,but Spielburg also produced the dreadful “Harry And The Hendersons”…a movie that was so bad and totally stupid that one theatre in Durham took it off the schedule after one week!!! I can say Spielburg was behind the horrible “Poltergeist II” which he served as executive producer.
I have them ads for the opening of the GOLDEN EAST CROSSING CINEMAS from December 18,1987.
The Victory Theatre on Tate Street was also known as the CINEMA. More information on theatre is listed on the Cinema Treasures site.
David Lean’s DOCTOR ZHIVAGO played here first-run in October of 1966.
Owned and Operated under Premiere Theatres.
Address: 2000 North Kings HighwayMyrtle Beach, SC 29577
1967-1971 Wilby Kincey Theatres
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres
1987-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres
1991-1995 Carmike Cinemas
Also known as the Camelot 1 & 2 and the Camelot Twin
Closed in 1995 as a discount theatre under Carmike.
Great memories of FUNNY GIRL at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre in 70MM.
Also on digital bits…the 30th Anniversary Retrospective article on RETURN OF THE JEDI
I was around 13 years of age when the original “Superman” movie came out around Christmas of 1978. That movie I would watched again until “Superman II” came out in the summer of 1981. The first two “Superman” movies were excellent,but when it came to the third and fourth installments they were just horrible. Speaking of the 30th Anniversary of “The Return of the Jedi”,I saw that six times during the summer of 1983(the opening day with my high school pals)was just incredible!!! Speaking of the original “Die Hard” movie,I saw it in the theatres opening weekend during the summer of 1988 as well the two sequels in the theatres too. The first three “Die Hard” movies were excellent in their own right,but the fourth installment was half good,but the fifth “Die Hard” movie(set in Russia)wasn’t that half bad.
I’ve never seen “Funny Girl” until it was shown recently on Turner Classic Movies(in its original roadshow format that clocked at two and a quarter hours long),but when it came to “Cleopatra” I thought it was tediously long and totally boring(the running time was over four hours long). “American Graffiti” was excellent throughout.
I cannot wait on Michael Coate’s retrospective on the 40th Anniversary of THE EXORCIST……
BY THE WAY….There was also a six screen cinema too that was located near Danville’s Piedmont Mall that is NOT listed on this site!!!
Oh yes,there was also a six screen theatre that is NOT listed here on Cinema Treasures that was located at Danville’s Piedmont Mall that was under Cineplex Odeon.
I can wait for Michael Coate’s retrospective on the 40th Anniversary of THE EXORCIST on Digital Bits.
Not to mention THE STING on its 40th Anniversary too.
Coate also has put his retrospective on the 40th Anniversary of George Lucas' AMERICAN GRAFFITI which is already on the Digital Bits site!
And coming soon from Micheal Coate:
“MY FAIR LADY” (50th Anniversary from 1964)
“MARY POPPINS” (50th Anniversary from 1964)
“A HARD’S DAY NIGHT” (50th Anniversary from 1964)
“BLAZING SADDLES” (The 40th Anniversary from 1974)
“CHINATOWN” (The 40th Anniversary from 1974)
“EARTHQUAKE!”/SENSURROUND (The 40th Anniversary 1974)
“THE TOWERING INFERNO” (The 40th Anniversary,1974)
“THE GODFATHER PART II” (The 40th Anniversary,1974)
“BEVERLY HILLS COP” (The 30th Anniversary,1984)
NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S YORKTOWNE THEATRE-(12/25/1974)
Francis Ford Coppula’s “THE GODFATHER PART II”
Sorry,No Passes or Spec. Admission Discounts Accepted
Please be informed that due to the running length of this movie,there will be a short intermission. There will be three performance showings for this feature.
Theater will be cleared after each showing.
Management suggest patrons to avoid capacity crowds,please come early for the best seats.
AVOID THE CROWDS….ATTEND OUR MATINEES!!!!
The theater was located on the opposite end of the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard near Bedford Street across from the Shrimp Boats Family Seafood Restaurant.
In regards to your question about the current status of this theatre?
The Eastland Mall Cinemas closed in October of 2008. The Eastland Mall itself closed in 2010 and was completely demolished in 2011.
The only thing that stands is a vacant deserted lot where Charlotte’s Eastland Mall once stood.
The current status of this theatre is that it is demolished. Eastland Mall is now a faded memory in Charlotte history.
Opened in March of 1975
Closed in June of 2010
Demolished in April of 2011.
A lot of blockbuster movies got first-run showings ranging from BEVERLY HILLS COP to BACK TO THE FUTURE and the first original BATMAN movie.
The Eastland Mall Cinemas showed RETURN OF THE JEDI first-run on May 25,1983 where it played on 2 screens.
Also reissued THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK upon its re-release in 1985.
August 16,1974…Exclusive Triangle Engagement Showing
VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2….The Movie Event of 1974……
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in “CHINATOWN”