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They did the same thing in 2007 when they closed the Starlite Drive-In & Flea Market in Durham and turned it into a parking lot for a Wal-Mart Super Center and Auto……I know how you feel Kris….“why”
To the manager of the Smithfield Cinemas:
I have in my possession the grand opening ad for this theater when it opened in 2004 that was located in the Entertainment and Arts section of the Raleigh News and Observer. If you wish to see the ad,I do have a microfilm copy available at your convenience. I can be contacted at
It should say December 9, 1983 grand opening ad.
Whoever put the wrong information is incorrect.
Seating capacity for this theater:
Screens 1 and 2 seated 200
Screens 3 and 4 seated 175
Screens 5 and 6 seated 150
Total 1,050 seats
Opened on May 16, 1998 as the Raleigh Grande Stadium Cinemas under Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres. Carolina Cinemas took over in 2008 when the Consolidated Theatres sign was still on the marquee.
STAR WARS played here first-run in Raleigh on July 1, 1977. It played for an astounding 24 weeks.
This theater is permanently closed. The last day of business was on December 17, 2015.
In it’s earlier days as a single screen movie house it was the reserved seat engagements of “Camelot” along with “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, “2001” and the 70mm versions of “Gone With The Wind”, “Doctor Zhivago”,“Patton”,and “Ben Hur”(re-release)
I saw not only “Back to the Future 2” here but also “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1989…but the Center’s showing of “Boyz In The Hood” and “New Jack City” brought in capacity crowds in 1991…. Nobody knows that a time capsule was placed there for 2016….
November 24,1966 was the year this theatre opened replacing the Downtown moviehouse that closed….
VARSITY THEATRE opening November 9, 1941 with 505 seats. Closed in the early-1970’s when it became the STUDIO 1 cinema with 493 seats.
Walt Disney’s MARY POPPINS played at the COLONY first-run as the Eastern North Carolina premiere presentation on January 22, 1965.
Information concerning this theatre will be revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I do have the original grand opening ads from it’s April 1, 1942 opening which contains vast information with seating capacity and other features. If you need to see the ads from 1942 please feel free to contact me at
From 1942 until 1981 it was known as the COLONY
Previously operated under Consolidated Theatres and later under Schneider-Merl Corporation and Martin Theatres. Martin Theatres closed the COLONY in 1981 when it was a second-run discount house.
From 1983 to the present it became the RIALTO under Harp Theatres from 1983 until 1994 when it was restored and showing independent films and foreign features. Ambassador Entertainment took over operations in 1994 under owner Bill Peebles.
The RIALTO at Five Points opened on October 7, 1983 under new management with the grand opening feature TENDER MERCIES starring Robert Duvall.
There was also another Northgate Theatre in Durham, North Carolina as well that is also listed on the Cinema Treasures site,but it is listed as the Northgate Twin Theatres. That theater opened on Christmas Day 1962 with Doris Day and Stephen Boyd in “Jumbo” that had a seating capacity of 750. It was twinned on June 17, 1975 and closed in 1986. I do have the opening ads for the Northgate Theatre’s grand opening in Durham from Christmas Day 1962. Contact me at
Phone Number:Boxoffice: 614-296-9016
Manager’s Office: 614-296-9016
Movies (First Run), Movies(Independent),
Movies (Foreign), Live Theater, Restaurant, Bar,
Not to mention live theater productions and live music events too…it will have a restaurant and lounge bar added to the cinema. The cinema will have a mixture of first-run features, independent films, and other productions not to mention showing classic films.
website is www.silverspot.net
Shagndj: For your information there was NEVER a Jerry Lewis Cinema located in Siler City, NC. The only operating movie theater at that time was the Siler City Drive-In right off Highway 64.
Seating capacity 600
NightHawk1 and Joe Vogel:
I have in my possession the newspaper ad from the Jacksonville Daily News on the April 26,1956 grand opening ad of the Center Theater. Please contact me at
THE OPENING ATTRACTION FOR THE CENTER THEATER’S OPENING
Was “MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS”– In Cinemascope and Color!!!
Starring Dan Dailey, and Cyd Charisse on April 26,1956.
THE COMING ATTRACTION: Elvis Presley in LOVE ME TENDER
I have in my possession the grand opening newspaper ad for the Oakwood Cinema’s attraction. Please Mr. Savage feel free to contact me at
dsavage…I have the original ads for the Englewood Cinema’s Grand Opening from March 31, 1972…..
I can be contacted at
THE ENGLEWOOD CINEMA 1 & 2 opened on March 31, 1972 with the GRAND OPENING ATTRACTIONS……
SCREEN 1: Robert Redford in THE HOT ROCK
SCREEN 2: James Coburn in THE HONKERS
THE COMING ATTRACTIONS ARE COMING TO THE CINEMA 1 & 2:
-John Wayne in THE COWBOYS
-Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER…The Event of 1972!!!
-Clint Eastwood as DIRTY HARRY
-And the Rocky Mount return of BILLY JACK
THE OPENING ATTRACTION FOR THE OAKWOOD CINEMA 1 & 2:
JULY 29, 1977……
SCREEN 1: Susan Sarandon in THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
SCREEN 2: Richard Harris in ORCA
COMING ATTRACTIONS:“EMPIRE OF THE ANTS” with Joan Collins
“RACE FOR YOUR CHARLIE BROWN”
“GREASED LIGHTING” with Richard Pryor and Pam Grier
Opened under Stewart & Everett as the Oakwood Cinema 1 & 2 on July 29, 1977…..
Seating capacity was at 600.
Auditorium 1 seated 300
Auditorium 2 seated 300
Opened as the Carmike Cinema 7 on November 17, 1989.
The opening attraction for the grand opening of the Carmike Cinema 7 was “HARLEM NIGHTS” starring Eddie Murphy that played on 2 screens.