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The original STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE played here first-run at Martin’s Falls Twin Theatre on December 7, 1979.
It did even better with its coming attractions……
Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD
Roger Moore as James Bond in MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
Lorne Greene and Ava Gardner in EARTHQUAKE!!!
Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES
This theatre did phenomenol business when it opened in early-1975 with two runaway boxoffice hits the were the opening attractions at the Village I & II (02-28-1975)
VILLAGE I-Irwin Allen’s THE TOWERING INFERNO with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen that was the TOP grossing boxoffice picture of 1974 and it held that title between the timeframe of February through June of 1975 when “Jaws” dethroned it. Original released at Christmas of 1974
VILLAGE II-“GONE IN 60 SECONDS”-Was really popular as a huge sleeper hit that year. The reason why this independent actioner became successful was that it was the first motion picture to have one of the great “car” chase scenes ever put on film…surpassing “Bullitt”,and “The French Connection” as one of the top ten chase scenes ever!!!….During production…a total of 93 cars were damaged in some scenes including its infamous “freeway' scene…..the 1974 original,not that Angelica Jolie bull.
Seating capacity was 1,710 seats
Opened as the Cinemark Movies 10 on August 4, 1995.
Functioned as 10 screener with 1,700 seats.
AS THE VILLAGE I & II THEATRES SEATING CAPACITY
SCREEN 1: 200
SCREEN 2: 200 = 400 SEATS
Went from two to four screens by 1983 with the original twin was divided into four sections.
SCREEN 1: 100
SCREEN 2: 100
SCREEN 3: 100
SCREEN 4: 100
TOTAL NUMBER FOR SEATING CAPACITY: 400
Opened on April 16, 2004 under All-Star Cinemas.
Frank Theatres took over this theatre in 2009.
1991-1995 Consolidated Theatres
1995-2002 United Artists Theatres
2002-2012 Regal Cinemas
THIS THEATRE WAS NEVER UNDER LITCHFIELD CINEMAS
Information on this theatre will be revised….
It opened under Consolidated Theatres on May 17, 1991.
Regal Cinemas closed the Union Square Cinemas on August 2, 2012 when Stone Theatres opened a huge 14-screen multiplex in nearby Indian Trail outside Monroe.
Closed in 1985.
I have the grand opening ads for its March 19,1970 opening of the Mall Cinema.
Impressive information. Michael Coate has done it again!
Mel Gibson’s BRAVEHEART played here to capacity crowds in 1995.
Correction: The original BATMAN movie did not played first-run at Chapel Hill’s Ram Theater on June 23,1989.
The original BATMAN movie played first-run at Chapel Hill’s Village Plaza 3.
MOVIES THAT PLAYED HERE FIRST-RUN AT THE RAM TRIPLE:
“TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY”
“HOME ALONE” AND “HOME ALONE 2”
“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”-the original Indiana Jones
“THE COLOR PURPLE” and “DO THE RIGHT THING” 1ST Run!
Saw it in 35mm DOLBY STEREO at Greensboro’s Janus Theatre where it played on 2 screens in DOLBY on October 16,1979.
If there were reserved seat 70mm Dolby Stereo engagements in the Carolinas…the only theatre that had this would be Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre.
The Park Terrace was absent from the 70mm engagement showings in the Carolinas. Only Charlotte’s Manor Theatre was shown as a general release in 35mm and DOLBY STEREO on October 16,1979.
There were no reserved seat 70mm engagements in the Carolinas. The general release dates for October 16,1979 first-run exclusive engagement showings……
October 16, 1979
Charlotte: Manor -DOLBY STEREO
Greensboro: Janus-Showing on 2 screens DOLBY STEREO
Raleigh/Cary: Imperial IV-DOBLY STEREO
Fayetteville: King Twin-DOLBY STEREO
November 2, 1979 were general release 35MM DOBLY prints
Durham: Yorktowne Twin
Winston-Salem: University Plaza 1 & 2-DOLBY STEREO
Asheville: Merrimon Twin-DOLBY STEREO
Chapel Hill: Carolina 1 & 2
Wilmington: New Centre Triple
High Point: Capri Triple-DOLBY STEREO
FYI: In the Carolinas…APOCALYPSE NOW was given the full general release in selected cities in 35MM and Dolby Stereo. Other cities like the small town venues didn’t get the film until Christmas of 1979.
Was the MALL CINEMA operated by either Stewart & Everett Theatres or was it operated under Martin Theatres and later on under Carmike Cinemas.
This was one of the remaining five outdoor drive-in theatres operating in the state of North Carolina.
The others are located in Shelby, Henderson, Albemarle,
Bessemer City, and Mount Airy.
A lot of first-run Reserved Seat Engagements played here at the Winston Theatre…..
From it’s 44-week run of “The Sound of Music”
To “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Camelot”, “Hello Dolly”,
“Paint Your Wagon”…just to name a few.
Imago Twist, Mmandarano:
The Winston Theatre closed in 1981 under Plitt Southern Theatres. The building was not demolished but was converted into an office space and retail establishment.
1949-1971 Paramount/North Carolina Theatres/Wilby-Kincey Entertainment Corporation
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1981 Plitt Southern Theatres
All-Star Cinemas also owned and operated the Town and Country 1 & 2 after it was bought out by Carmike Cinemas(which also operated the Carmike Cinemas 4).
The Town and Country Twin and the Cinema 4 were former Stewart & Everett Theatres before it was operated under Carmike.
Opened under All-Star Cinemas,and later by Frank Theatres.
the comments that ray revised here need to be posted for this theatre on the cinema treasures site.
ray must be a walking encyclopedia of Chapel Hill movie theatres.