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CORRECTION; “My Fair Lady”, “The Ten Commandments” and “Doctor Zhivago” played at this theatre. “My Fair Lady” was the Center’s reserved seat engagement.
“The Sound of Music” however played at the new theatre which was called THE LAKEWOOD CENTER THEATRE in early-1967. It did not played at the Center Downtown since it was already closed by 1966.
CORRECTION: This theatre was operational from 1939-1966. It closed in August of 1966 when it moved to the new state of the art movie theater at Lakewood Shopping Center that opened in mid-November of 1966.
Are they getting ready to close this beloved site?What is going on here?
This was owned and operated at one time under Martin Theatres(when it was labeled the Earl Twin) and later on under Carmike Cinemas(when the name changed to the Carmike Cinema 4)before it was dropped in the 1990’s.
This theatre is now independently owned and operated.
The JANUS also got the adult “porn” films too. It got the only exclusive showing of the notorious adult picture
EMANUELLE IN AMERICA first-run showing with complete matinees in early-1977.
Other movies that got first-run exclusive billing:
ALIEN-where it played on 2 screens in DOLBY STEREO
APOCALYPSE NOW-Directed by Francis Ford Coppula
The original STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE
Steven Spielburg’s “E.T.”-played on 2 screens-DOLBY
“BACK TO THE FUTURE”
Not to mention the North Carolina exclusive engagement showing of Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE
Charlotte’s Park Terrace which is over 50 years old is still the only moviehouse in the Carolinas capable of showing movies in 70mm-6 track stereophonic capability.
Only 2 theatres in the state of North Carolina has 70mm presentation in their formats.
Charlotte: Park Terrace
Raleigh: Mission Valley
should be labeled under the new title:FRANK THEATRES SANDHILLS CINEMA 10
Opened as the Sandhills Cinema 10 under All Star Theatres on March 22, 2001.
BLUE RIDGE CINEMAS is the only Carmike discount house in operation that is East of Raleigh. There are NO discount houses in other parts of Eastern North Carolina that are under Carmike Cinemas.
The KEY THEATER basically opened in 1969 as a single screener and later on was split into two sections and somewhere during the late-1970’s/early-1980’s when from 2 tO 4 screens showing first-run independent features, documentaries and foreign films.
A BEST BUY store now stands on the opposite side of the plaza area of Crabtree Valley where the former Valley Twin Theatres once stood.
Heading should be Carmike Yorktowne Twin
2500 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
Durham, NC 27707-2866
Should be headed as 4001 Chapel Hill Boulevard Durham, NC 27707
The second megaplex under AMC Theatres to open in the greater Charlotte area after the AMC Carolina Pavilion became AMC’s first venture in the Charlotte market in 1996.
I have the original ads from its May 24,1985 opening of the Town Cinema 6. If you need to see them please contact me at
AMADEUS was one of the grand opening attractions that the Town Cinema 6 had that was one of the 70MM Dolby Stereo presentations in the Carolinas.
Opened on May 24,1985 under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Closed on June 16,1997 by Carmike Cinemas.
Opened on August 2, 1985 under Consolidated Theatres.
I have the original ads to the Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema grand opening from March 28,1975. I can be contacted at
The CABARRUS was still cranking out hit movies during the late-1960’s all the way into the 1970’s and early-1980’s. It closed around 1983.
There was also a Downtown Concord moviehouse called THE CINEMA too that was about a block up the street from the Cabarrus.
I have the original ads from its 1975 grand opening.
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.