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September 22,1973-Exclusive Engagement Showing…..
We’ve Got The Best In Town with Jim “Slaughter” Brown
“I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND”-In Color Rated “R”
NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds we urge movie goers to arrived early to get the best seats…This will sell out quickly!!! Avoid the crowds! Attend Matinees!
EXTRA added late show Friday and Saturday night!!!
SPECIAL: The First 200 Customers gets 1 FREE Box of Popcorn and 1 FREE drink while they last!!!!
December 17,1977 on the marquee:CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
March 8, 1970 at the STATE THEATREOn the marquee BARBRA STREISAND in FUNNY GIRLIn TECHNICOLOR.
“PAINT YOUR WAGON” played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre as a reserved seat engagement in 70mm on December 25,1969. It was the only showing of the film within the two Carolinas with two performances.
“BEN-HUR” was a reserved seat engagement in North Carolina in 1960.
“OLIVER!” also played here as a reserved seat engagement at the Plaza in early,1969. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas with two showings within performances.
I’m thinking that this was the movie that took over after THE GRADUATE with Dustin Hoffman played for weeks throughout Christmas of 1967 till mid-1968 or early 1969.
Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn in THE LION IN WINTER played here as a reserved seat engagement at Charlotte’s Capri Theatre on February 12, 1969. It was the ONLY roadshow presentation that played within the two Carolinas with two performances during each showing.
Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD,MAD,MAD WORLD was NEVER presented as a roadshow at the Charlottetown. It was a general release in 1964.
It was given two showings daily with reduced admission.
John Huston’s THE BIBLE was a reserved seat engagement at the Charlottetown around January, 1967.(aka The Cinema I & II)
“HAWAII” was a reserved seat engagement showing at the Carolina. It did not play at the Charlottetown.
“THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”(which was presented in Cinerama)
was a general release showing at Charlottetown. It was not a roadshow presentation NOR it was not presented in Cinerama neither.
Same with “KHARTOUM” that also played here as a general release. Due to the length of both films,it was given two showings daily.
The re-release of BEN HUR and EXODUS played here too as general releases.
BTW….All of the James Bond-007 pictures played at Charlottetown with the exception of “HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE”-which played first run at the Center.
The Bond Movies that played at Charlottetown(aka Cinema I & II):
“FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE”, “THUNDERBALL”, “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE”,
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”, “LIVE AND LET DIE”, “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN”,all the way with “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME”, “MOONRAKER”, “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”,“OCTOPUSSY”, “A VIEW TO A KILL”, to ‘THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS" and “LICENSE TO KILL”….
**The original PLANET OF THE APES played the Charlottetown first-run in June of 1968 as a general release.
Other RESERVED SEAT ENGAGEMENTS that played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre in 70mm and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound
“THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE”
“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”
“THE KING AND I”
“MARY,QUEEN OF SCOTS”
“THE EXORCIST” played here to capacity crowds on March 1, 1974.
“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” was the BIG Christmas attraction on December 16,1977.
There’s more from North Carolina…….
ONLY Raleigh, Asheville and Charlotte were the only theatres in the state that presented CLOSE ENCOUNTERS in DOBLY STEREO……
The theatres that were absent from this list……..
Chapel Hill: Carolina Twin
Durham: Center Twin aka Center 1 & 2
Burlington: Terrace 1 & 2
Sanford: Kendale Twin
Hickory: Terrace Twin
Greenville: Plaza 1 & 2
Aberdeen/Southern Pines: Town and Country 1 & 2
CAMELOT played at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre on December 25,1967 as a reserved seat engagement in 70MM and Stereophonic Sound. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas upon it’s roadshow release. Other cities in the Carolinas wouldn’t get CAMELOT until the July or August of 1968.
Irwin Allen’s THE TOWERING INFERNO played here in 70MM at Charlotte’s Park Terrace on December 14,1974. It was the only theatre in the two Carolinas that presented this movie in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound.
From the May 28,1969 advertisement of the Durham Herald.
OPENING WEDNESDAY! GRAND OPENING OF DURHAM NEWEST ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA….
THE BEAUTIFUL YORKTOWNE THEATRE-Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
THE THEATRE OF TOMORROW BRINGS YOU A NEW WORLD OF EXCITEMENT AND WONDERFUL ENJOYMENT IN THE TRIANGLE
-Years ahead in comfort and design
-The Completely modern Rocking Lounger Chair Theatre!
-Perfect vision from any seat with the finest projection
-Super Panavision Widescreen
-Full Stereophonic Sound
-Open Air Concession Stand For Your Convenience
-Year Round Air Condition Comfort and Format
-ACRES OF CONVENIENT FREE PARKING
THE PREMIERE ATTRACTION OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8:00“HARD CONTRACT” with James Coburn and Lee Remick
AND THE BIG ATTRACTIONS ARE COMING TO THE YORKTOWNE!!!
-Gregory Peck in “THE CHAIRMAN”
-Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw “GOODBYE COLUMBUS”
-Omar Sharif in “CHE”
-William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in “THE WILD BUNCH”
-Don Knotts in “THE LOVE GOD”
-Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau in “CACTUS FLOWER”
AND MANY MORE TO COME!!!!
Coming Soon! The Movie Musical Event of the Year is coming to the YORKTOWNE THEATRE…“PAINT YOUR WAGON”
I have the original ads to the movies that played at the MANOR that were reserved seat engagements in North Carolina. If you need to see them e-mail at
THE RESERVED SEAT ENGAGEMENTS THAT PLAYED AT THE MANOR:
“Around the World In 80 Days”
“The Sand Pebbles”
“The Agony and the Ecstasy”
“Tora! Tora! Tora!”
THE EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT SHOWINGS AT THE MANOR THEATRE
Jay Morong and Chuck1231:
When the MANOR THEATRE opened in 1947,it was a single screen theatre with a seating capacity of 700. When this theatre was a single screener it was the showcase for a round of reserved seat engagement presentations among them North Carolina premieres like “Around The World in 80 Days”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Sand Pebbles”, “Funny Girl”,“The Agony and the Ecstasy” among others. It was also got the exclusive engagement showings like “The Sting” too. It was still a single screener by 1978 when it’s run of “Grease” broke all Charlotte attendance records. It wasn’t until 1979 when this theatre was split into two sections becoming the MANOR TWIN THEATRES. When it became a twin cinema in 1979 both auditoriums had a seating capacity of 186 when brings the correct seating count to 372 seats in both auditoriums.
Due to the success of the first movie,the film spawned three sequels.
“DIE HARD 2:DIE HARDER”–(1990)
“DIE HARD III”–(1995)
“LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD”–(2007)
And just recently the franchise spawned a fourth installment that will be general release on Febraury 14, 2013 titled “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”
Charlotte was absent from the 70MM presentations of DIE HARD. Instead it was a general release on July 20,1988 where it played at four area theatres in the Charlotte area,among them Charlottetown Mall where it was presented in DOBLY STEREO.
Chuck1231 and Nighthawk1:THIS WILL BE CORRECTED.
The Movies at North Hills 14 opened on December 21,2004 under Eastern Federal Corporation. Eastern Federal(which was based out of Charlotte)took over the lease to this theater until it sold to Regal Cinemas in 2005 as part of an acquisition from Eastern Federal(which also at that time operated the Brier Creek Cinemas).
According to the Carmike website this theatre is still showing main attractions and Bollywood films….
Movies playing on February 8, 2013
“SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
“LIFE OF PI”–(Reissue)
“ZERO DARK THIRTY”
“RUSH AND BONE”
What a horrible way to open a new theatre with the premiere attraction of “HANSEL AND GRETEL:WITCH HUNTERS”.
Nice theatre in a huge shopping complex off Chapel Hill Road that opened on the day of the worst ice storm in the Triangle’s history….but it didn’t disappoint the 250 plus crowds who lined up to see this movie FREE….. plus got extra bargain specials at the concession stand.
Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres operated this theatre with all auditoriums having stadium seating and all Dobly-THX digital sound…….It wasn’t until Regal acquired this theatre in 2008 when it converted to all digital projection.
Stone Theatres is underway to construct a 14-screen multiplex to open in Holly Springs for June of 2013. No word on whether a multiplex in Knightdale hasn’t yet to get off the ground. That is still pending.
The MANOR THEATRE opened on December 4,1941 with the main attraction “Three Cocketed Sailors”.
Closed in 1985 under Piedmont Theatres.
Closed on October 31,1974
Opening on January 25,2013 under Stone Theatres.
The opening attraction for it’s grand opening…..
“HANSEL AND GRETEL:THE WITCH HUNTERS”
Playing on 3 Screens in PDX-format and Dobly Digital.