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The Imperial Theatre’s demise came in 1964 when the opening of the Park Terrace Theater brought this cinema to closed its doors. Not to mention faced strong competition from the state of the art and bigger Charlottetown Mall Cinema 1 & 2 which was the state’s first-ever twin theater that opened a year earlier in 1963.
Zelda and Susan Walker: My name is Raymond and I have in my possession from the February 28, 1957 advertisement from The Charlotte Observer for the Imperial’s showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS which was the only reserved seat showing of the film in the Carolinas. I also have the advertisement for its Eastern North Carolina premiere where it played in Raleigh first run which was also a reserved seat engagement. If you need to see them please contact me at
This theater got a LOT of the United Artists product and some Disney during the 1960’s and early-1970’s.
ALL of the “Beatles”, “James Bond”,and “Pink Panther” films played here first-run at the Center.
Scheduled for its grand opening September 4, 2015
This should say closed, demolished, 1 screen, 600 cars.The Cinema was Jacksonville’s last standing drive-in that closed in 1985.
The Grand Opening for the Cinema 6 was October 14, 1983 under Charlotte based Stewart & Everett(which also owned and operated The Brynn Marr 3, Northwoods Twin,and the Center Twin). The Cinema 6 replaced the Iwo Jima Theatre Downtown and the Cinema Drive-In which were also under Stewart & Everett which were closed by 1983. I have the grand opening ad for this theater as well as the microfilm newspaper ad if interested please contact me at
JURASSIC PARK played here first-run in 1993 on 2 screens with the largest auditorium having Dolby Stereo system equipped.
SEATING CAPACITY FOR THE GOLDEN EAST CROSSING CINEMAS that opened on December 18, 1987 under Cineplex-Odeon and later Carmike Cinemas.
Screen 1=200 seats the largest auditorium that was equipped with a Dolby Stereo system….
Total number of capacity seats: 675
Added on a second auditorium around late-1975 or mid-1976 when the Cardinal was under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
It remained a twin theater until 1985 when it added on a third screen under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Theatres.
THE CARMIKE CARDINAL 3 closed in October of 2000 as a second run discount theatre under Carmike Cinemas. The information posted about its closing is incorrect.
This theater got a lot of the MGM and Columbia product.
Not to mention the longest-running engagement that this theater booked was on June 12, 1967 for it showing of THE DIRTY DOZEN that brought it records crowds for 15 weeks.
Reminds me of the same architectural design of The Cameron Village Theater that opened about the same year as this cinema did back in 1951 in Raleigh,North Carolina.
Once the site of the former A&P grocery store in Five Points.
The building had the same identical style and concept as the Cinema 6 in Jacksonville and Havelock and also in the same design as the Cinema 4 in Southern Pines.
I have found the grand opening advertisement from 1941 and will be revised for the Cinema Treasures site.
FROM HOLLY SPRINGS, FUQUAY VARINA:
Take State Highway 55 West through Apex (Downtown),and Beaver Creek Commons going towards Durham and Research Triangle Park. Go pass the State Highway 540 bridge(which is a toll road) towards O'Kelly Chapel Church Road and make a right at the light and go towards the roundabout onto Parkside Main Street. The theater will be to your immediate left.
DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO THE PARKSIDE TOWN COMMONS:
FROM BURLINGTON, HILLSBOROUGH, CARRBORO, CHAPEL HILL:
Take Interstate 40 East to Exit 278 State Highway 55-Apex Exit and make a right. Continue onto State Highway 55 East toward O' Kelly Chapel Church Road. at entrance to Parkside Town Commons Shopping Center. Make a left at the light and go toward the roundabout towards Parkside Main Street. The theater will be to your immediate left.
FROM RALEIGH, RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK AND SOUTHEAST CARY:
Take Interstate 40 West to Exit 278 State Highway 55 East towards Apex. Continue onto State Highway 55 East toward O'Kelly Chapel Church Road and make a left at the stop light and go toward the roundabout onto Parkside Main Street. The theater will be to your immediate left.
FROM DURHAM, RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK AND MORRISVILLE:
Take the Durham/Triangle Expressway State Highway 147 South onto State Highway 540 West….State Highway 540 once it crosses Interstate 40 becomes a state toll road. Continue onto State Highway 540 until it reaches the State Highway 55 West(Durham) exit. At the exit make a right onto State Highway 55 West onto O' Kelly Chapel Church Road and make a right and go towards the roundabout onto Parkside Main Street. The theater will be to your immediate left.
FROM SANFORD, SOUTHERN PINES, AND SURROUNDING AREAS:
Take U.S. 1 North towards the Apex/Holly Springs/Fuquay Varina exit State Highway 55 exit and once at the exit make a left on State Highway 55 West through Downtown Apex and Beaver Creek Commons going into Durham and Research Triangle Park onto O'Kelly Chapel Church Road and go towards to roundabout onto Parkside Main Street. The theater will be to your immediate left.
Same thing also happened when I tried to get tickets for NEW JACK CITY on its opening weekend in October of 1991. It was sold out within the first 15 minutes and there were no advance ticket sales for this feature.
Steven Spielburg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here on its opening weekend as one of two theaters that booked the film in Raleigh..the other was the Village Twin over at Cameron Village. Tried to get advance tickets for its opening weekend,but it was completely sold out for both evening shows and matinees where the lines for the movie snaked from one end of the Tower Shopping Center to the other.
The same thing happen when I tried to see RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK on its opening weekend of June 12,1981. The lines for this movie snaked all the way to the opposite end of the Cameron Village Shopping Center were it was completely sold out within minutes and that went for its matinee showings too on its opening weekend. Raleigh played it at two cinemas..the other was the Tower Theatres 1 & 2 in East Raleigh.
“JAWS” played at Jacksonville’s Cardinal Theater first-run on July 25,1975 when this was a single screener under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
The theater wasn’t twin until December of 1975 or reopened as the Cardinal 1 & 2 around early-1976 or later on.
The reserved seat engagement of THE SOUND OF MUSIC played here first-run.
The days of this theater may be numbered. This theater is over 20 years old and it faces stiff competition from nearby Chelsea(an art-house cinema), and Durham’s Wynnsong 15 which under Carmike Cinemas,also over 20 years old,not to mention competition from Chapel Hill’s only Downtown theater,The Varsity on East Franklin Street. Back here in November,2014 GATES construction began demolishing the former Dillard’s Department Store at University Mall and started construction of the 67,000 square foot movie theater that will have 13-screens and will have a seating capacity of 1,500 with luxury seats scheduled to open in late-October or early-December of 2015 or earlier as scheduled under Silverspot Cinemas Corporation.
Address is 472 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546….
Theater was located the intersection of Commerce Road and Western Boulevard. This theater has been demolished. A Wasabi Japanese Sushi and Steak House now sits where the Cinema 6 once stood.
PREVIOUSLY OPERATED UNDER…….
1927-1957 Paramount/Publix/North Carolina Theatres
1957-1971 Wilby-Kincey Corporation
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres