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PatriciaCarol commented about Manor Theatre on Mar 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Finally! Found a photo among my father’s stuff!
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PatriciaCarol commented about Eastland Mall Cinemas on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

A little about the Eastland Mall Theatre “back-in-the-day”: It was always a dark theatre, with the dark blue walls and dark blue carpet and it’s narrow layout. Being on the lower level was not a plus. Heavy rains (or even just an all day steady rain) usually caused backups into the theatre since apparently it was the lowest point of the mall. What a headache for the management! Fun things: The midnight movies were a great success at Eastland, the pairing with the old 95Q rock station worked well and the atmosphere during these was always like a bit of a ‘party’.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Capri Theater on Mar 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Worth – I remember you – my father, Edward Marks, was always impressed with your talent with horror make-up and effects.
By the way, in the opening history of this theatre at top of page I notice the writer describes the seats as rocking chair seats – I do not remember the seats as such. The only theatre in Charlotte that I knew of with rocking chair seats was the Park Terrace.
Friday/Saturday nights at the Capri – still boggles my mind that during The Exorcist (1974) we’d sell out (can you imagine selling 900+ tickets for one show these days?) – the crowd at the concession stand could get a bit impatient but once you got a rhythm going back there it would go pretty smooth (well, most of the time anyway).

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PatriciaCarol commented about Center Theatre on Sep 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Oops – can’t revise comments? And I see I’ve now misspelled his last name in above post. Alright, 100 times, Erle Stillwell…anyway, do check out the architectural drawings – great stuff – all of them!

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PatriciaCarol commented about Center Theatre on Sep 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Sorry about misspelling Stilwell’s first name. Will correct! You’ll find many of his architectural drawings at UNC-Chapel Hill’s “Going to the Show”. Here is link to one for The Center at Monroe, NC. http://docsouth.unc.edu/gtts/content/2868/

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PatriciaCarol commented about Colony Theatre on May 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I was wrong! My mother insisted that The Bailey was never owned by Stewart & Everett and she was right in that it was never owned by them when she lived in Wilmington. At some point, I do not know when, The Bailey was operated (but probably not owned) by Stewart & Everett as I have seen it listed in some promotional literature for the managers of this chain from the 1970s.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Center Theater on May 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Unable to get to first link so didn’t try 2nd one. Were these photos just before it was demolished?

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PatriciaCarol commented about Cinema Drive-In on Apr 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Sorry, I see I’m still putting that “e” on the end of Everett! Gotta stop that!

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PatriciaCarol commented about Cinema Drive-In on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted image of marquee from the 1967 newspaper ad at flickr:
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PatriciaCarol commented about Manor Theatre on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Visited Wilmington last spring (2008). It looked like The Manor was still there. “Hill’s Wilmington (New Hanover County, NC) City Directory 1958” shows The Manor at 208 Market St. The business at 208 Market Street in 2008 was “The Rox” – some sort of entertainment venue. The facade looks different but it appears to be the same building that housed The Manor.

Also, The Manor would have been one of four downtown movie houses in 1958 per that city directory with the other three being The Bailey, The Colony and The Ritz (810 N. 4th St).

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PatriciaCarol commented about Colony Theatre on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

My two cents: Stewart & Everett never owned The Bailey. Stellings & Gossett owned four drive-ins (Starway, North 17, Wrightsville Rd. & Skyland) and The Manor in Wilmington. I don’t know who owned The Colony but when Stewart & Everett bought Stellings & Gossett they also purchased (or possibly leased) The Colony about 1960-61. Per Beverly Tetterton’s book “Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten” the three names of this theatre beginning in 1913: Victoria, Carolina, Colony. However, Beverly gets the year wrong as to when Stewart & Everett came into The Colony’s history. Mr. Roe – kiddy shows were a huge draw and Daddy (Edward Marks) played those up big! (He painted all the banners & did many of the cut-out letters on the marquee) They gave away nice prizes at some of the kids shows (like a bicycle, record player, camera) and often tied in with local soft-drink bottlers/distributers for discount (or free) admission (like bring 6 Royal Crown bottle caps & get in free). I have so many pictures (mostly of the marquee) from this time period. I hope to scan at least a few more & get them to my flickr site soon.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Union Square Cinemas 8 on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Consolidated Theatres owned the Union Village Shopping Center theatres. As far as I know they also built the Union Square Cinemas.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Westgate Cinema IV on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I’m confused. As far as I know, General Cinema Corporation opened the Westgate Cinemas in February 1984. Six screens. See three photos of this Westgate that I refer to at my flckr site: View link
The theatre was sold to Litchfield in September of 1989. After that I do not know. Perhaps there was another earlier theatre at this same mall? I’ve always heard it called “Litchfield Theatres” but this might not be the correct name of that chain.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Reynolda Theatres I-II-III on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Here is link to photo of marquee (1968):

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PatriciaCarol commented about Southpark Mall Cinemas on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Photo of Southpark Cinemas from 1985 at my flickr site:

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PatriciaCarol commented about Center Theater on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

It was part of a small row of buildings & this was typical of Eastern Federal – building a theatre as well as some other store fronts to rent out. The theatre did have a second story where the manager’s office and restrooms were & I would guess a balcony too. It was often plagued with flooding problems due to its neighbor, Little Sugar Creek. I do have a photo of my father counting the money in the manager’s office. Will try to post it to my flickr account sometime within the next week. Thanks for the info about the architect!

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PatriciaCarol commented about Capri Theater on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Note – I keep putting an “e” on the end of Stewart & Everett – my apologies as that is not correct!

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PatriciaCarol commented about Paramount Theater on Mar 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

The Paramount, Carolina, and Alamance were owned by North Carolina Theatres, Inc. per ad in the 1940 “Doe Wah Jack”, Burlington High School annual.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Drake Theatre on Mar 7, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Here is another photo, undated, of The Drake. Probably mid-late 1960s. View link

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PatriciaCarol commented about Village Cinema 4 on Mar 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Union Square Cinemas are indeed located across from the mall, only across Dickerson Boulevard instead of 74. (in other words, across from the ‘side’ of the mall) I never attended the Union Village Cinema but remembered seeing it in 1989. I was going by the 1977 Mullin-Kille Monroe City Directory which has it as “Village Twin I and II”. Actually, looking at an ad for the theatre from 1984 shows 4 screens! Must have started as a twin and then each auditorium split??

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PatriciaCarol commented about Capri Theater on Mar 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Opening date for The Capri was set to be October 16, 1964. Some newspaper research at the local library should verify that it did open then. Here is a link to a photo of the marquee in 1975:
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PatriciaCarol commented about Imperial Theatre on Mar 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I’m not positive, but I believe there was an art department downstairs (basement?) in the Imperial. They were responsible for the lobby cards and other signs for directing/informing theatre patrons.

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PatriciaCarol commented about Eastland Mall Cinemas on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Check out nice history about General Cinema theatres as well as some images at: View link

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PatriciaCarol commented about Brevard Drive-In on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

There was a Brevard Drive-In around 1950 owned by a Mr. Montieth and his son-in-law, Edward Marks. I do not know if it was brand new then but imagine so. I wish I knew more but alas do not. Would love to see at least an old advertisment from this drive-in (I believe a picture would be too much to hope for).

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PatriciaCarol commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Some excellent history, some images about General Cinema can be found at:
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