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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”
THE VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2…December 20,1974
VALLEY I-Irwin Allen’s “THE TOWERING INFERNO” with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden with an all-star cast….the Christmas Event of 1974 is here in Raleigh!!!
VALLEY II-Opens Christmas Day-The Family Saga Continues
Francis Ford Coppula’s “THE GODFATHER:PART II”
THE QUEEN PARK CINEMAS opened on December 17,1982 as Charlotte’s largest entertainment complex discount theatre. Admission for all features was $1.00.
The premiere attractions for the grand opening of the Queen Park Cinemas were………
–“FRIDAY THE 13TH,PART 3 IN 3-D”
-Sylvester Stallone in “FIRST BLOOD”
-Richard Gere “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN”
-Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams in “POLTERGEIST”
-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in “ANNIE”
-Exclusive Charlotte Engagement of “DIVA”[Art House]
From the December 17,1982 edition of The Charlotte Observer about the Queen Park Multi-Cinemas.
CHARLOTTE’S LARGEST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS TODAY
The best movie-going experience in Charlotte is now open. Multi-Cinema Limited,a theatre chain that owns and operates 79 theatres in North and South Carolina,is unveiling its ambitious project,the Queen Park Cinemas located at 3700 South Boulevard.
The plush state of the art,$3 million,elaborately constructed six-theatre complex will impress any theatre-goer. Queen Park will have have six identical auditoriums that will accommodate 350 people each,with spacious seating of 42 inches between each row. The walls surrounding the theatres are completely soundproofed and draped. One of the unique features of these theatres is the floor is covered with white vinyl(no sticky concrete floors)and the aisles are tastefully carpeted with indented chrome strips to guide people in the darkened theatres. The lobby contains a 60-foot long concession area with six completely self-contained stations. A patron can come out of virtually any auditorium and be waited on.
We have made special efforts to improve the quality of theatre sound by installing the most advanced technology. All the auditoriums are equipped with Kintek stereophonic sound systems as well as Dobly noise reduction systems. The most revolutionary thing about Queen Park is that all six theatres will carry a $1.00 admission policy for all features. To our knowledge no one else has built a new and elaborate complex and opened with a $1.00 admission policy. What we have done is spared no expense to build a discount theatre.
In building this extraordinarily plush motion picture theatre we are trying to make a statement. We are saying to the people of Metrolina(Greater Charlotte) that when you out your $1.00 down you are getting $4.00 worth of entertainment, But the buck doesn;t stop here. Adjacent to the theatre is a 4,000 square foot game room with capacity for more than 120 video games. Equipped with its own concessions and restrooms,the game room will have longer hours than the theatre,opening earlier and closing later. Entry to the game room can be made from the theatre or from outside.
In addition,one of the six screens will be designated as a repertory screen and will play only Independent releases as well as foreign, art and classic films.
Don’t miss this great entertainment experience.
THEATRE HISTORY OF THE RIVERSIDE:
1968-1971 Wilby Kincey Theatres
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres
1987-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres
1991-2000 Carmike Cinemas
1969-1975 Schneider-Merl Corporation
1975-1982 Martin Theatres
1982-2008 Carmike Cinemas
It opened in 1979 as the PLAZA CINEMA 1 & 2 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Carmike Cinemas took over in 1986 until its closing in 2004.
1979-1986 Stewart and Everett Theatres, Inc.
1986-2004 Carmike Cinemas
I remember seeing THE EXORCIST here on March 1,1974 at Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre.
There is a parking deck next to where the theater was originally located in Downtown Raleigh. It was on Fayetteville Street just walking distance from the South lawn of the State Capital Building. The theater once on Fayetteville Street was towards your immediate left right off East Morgan Street going towards Hargett Street.
The PARKVIEW THEATRE opened on August 23,1972 as a single screen theater with a seating capacity of 700. The premiere attraction for the grand opening was the exclusive Triad showing of “Cabaret” starring Liza Minnelli. By April 26,1974 it was twinned by splitting the original auditorium into two sections and was renamed the Parkview Theatres 1 & 2 under new ownership by Martin Theatres.
Correction: It was also known as the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre located at 3440 Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham,27707. It closed in 1971 and was demolished later that year. The drive-in was basically directed at the intersection of what is now University Drive and Old Chapel Hill Road(formerly Durham-Chapel Hill Road).
Chuck 1231 is right about the location of this drive-in theatre. It was at the corner of Garrett Road and Chapel Hill Road(which is now Chapel Hill Blvd.)that opened in 1949 with a capacity of 300 cars.
It closed in late-1975 and not 1973. This information will be updated for the Cinema Treasures site.
4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard,Durham,27707-2669
It opened in 1949 and closed in late-1975.
The drive-in was on the site of where the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center is now (where T.J. Maxx Department Store and a Bojangles Restaurant now sits)
I’m glad that this policy is enforced. It’s a long time coming. The problem I got is the insulting comments that are all over the place made by those who basically don’t even respect the site.
April 27,1974..NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE THAT IS THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA..Off Roxboro Rd.
It’s Pam Grier as FOXY BROWN…Rated “R”..No Passes!!!
Due to the capacity crowds we’re expecting for this feature we are adding a special midnight late show for FOXY BROWN Friday and Saturday. We asked moviegoers to attend our matinees and avoid the capacity crowds for this feature. Theatre will be cleared immediately after each performance.