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Brynn Marr opened in 1975 as a twin cinema operated by Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. By 1986,Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Brynn Marr(when it was still a twin cinema),and around that time construction began on a third auditorium. What they did was take the auditorium in Screen 1 and split in down the middle,adding shoebox size auditoriums with smaller screens,making it a three screen cinema. The Brynn Marr continue onward during the late-1980’s and early 1990’s showing first-run films. By the mid-1990’s it became Jacksonville’s only discount movie house,showing second run films at bargain prices.
It remained that way,until the cinema’s closing in June of 2003 when it was last operated by Carmike Cinemas.
Durham had two theatres in the area that catered to “black-oriented” films,and I know cause I used to attend them.
The Riverview Cinema(aka The Riverview Twin)which is listed on the “cinema treasures” site catered to blaxploitation and kung-fu flicks as well as second-run films and the occasional “B” movies that played here. I remember this theatre had a triple feature,I mean three BIG BAD movies on one show with special admission…this theatre played not only the “SHAFT” films,but all of the “SLAUGHTER” films too….All the Pam Grier films,and All the Fred Williamson films too when it was a single screen theatre from 1970 until 1987.
By 1987,the original auditorium was split in two creating two shoeboxed auditoriums with smaller screens until its closing in 1995.
The Carmike 7 catered to some of these movies and more. I do remember seeing “MENACE II SOCIETY”, “JASON’S LYRIC”, “LIFE”,
“IT’S THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE”, “DEAD PRESIDENTS”,
“THE NUTTY PROFESSOR”(Eddie Murphy),“MONSTER’S BALL” (Halle Berry),
“STATE PROPERTY”(Beanie Siegel),“BELLY”(Nas and DMX),“DIE HARD III”,
“THE PLAYER’S BALL”(Ice Cube),“ROMEO MUST DIE”(Jet Li and DMX),and so many more. The Carmike 7 was also the exclusive engagement of its showing of “ASUNDER”,and “TROIS:CHAPTER II”. The theatre closed its doors in 2004.
“Star Wars” during its North Carolina engagement,did not play at the Cardinal Theatre in 1977. “Star Wars” however played during its engagement at the Cross Creek Mall Cinemas in June,1977 . Cross Creek Mall was part of General Cinema Theatres. In June of 1977,“Star Wars” played as an exclusive engagement in these North Carolina cities of Fayetteville,Greensboro,Asheville and Winston-Salem. Repeat: It did not play at the Cardinal Theatre.
“The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi”,did not play at the Cardinal. Both movies during their theatrical run,played at the Bordeaux Cinemas during their Fayetteville engagement.
All that would change during the early 1970’s,when the Terrace added on a second auditorium,making it a twin cinema.
Located behind Sears in the back of the shopping center off Independence Boulevard at Oleander Drive.
Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE also played here.
But it was NOT one of the three theatres in North Carolina that showed it as an exclusive engagement showings. It did played here until January 17,1986.
The exclusive engagement showing of THE COLOR PURPLE
were in Raleigh,Charlotte and Greensboro only.
Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE was one of three theatres in North Carolina that was given the exclusive engagement showings when it opened on December 20,1985 at the Park Terrace Theatre(when it was a three-screen cinema…the movie was shown on its huge auditorium with full widescreen projection).
Other cities in North Carolina that got the exclusive engagement run were in these cities:
-Raleigh (Valley Twin)
The Capri Theatre was home to exclusive engagement showings of select films that made their North Carolina premieres here. Among them were the following:
“My Fair Lady"
"Throughly Modern Millie”
The Janus was one of three theatres in North Carolina that had the exclusive North Carolina engagement showing of Steven Spielburg’s 1985 film THE COLOR PURPLE that opened on December 20,1985. The other locations were in Raleigh and Charlotte.
Chuck1231 and MikeRogers:
I’m doing extensive research on this to why WEST SIDE STORY didn’t come to Charlotte until 1962. Charlotte was the first to book the movie as an exclusive enagement showing on June 23,1962. Other cities within the Carolinas didn’t get the film until July or August of 1962,since the film was originally released in 1961.
Wait a minute….MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN was rated M?
I thought it was a family film so the MPAA rating on this was G for General Audiences. It was a kids movie.
M was for Mature Audiences-Parental Guidance Suggested
OR Parental Discretion is Strongly Advised
Did you know that a local television station is right next door to Mission Valley facing the intersections of Western Boulevard and Avent Ferry Roads?
WRAL-TV,Channel 5 of Raleigh is right next door to Mission Valley.
WOW!!! What a marvel of architecture.
Granville County had two operating indoor movie theatres…The Granville Theatre was located in the heart of Downtown Creedmoor on Main Street. The other was the Orpehum Theatre in Downtown Oxford.
The exclusive NORTH CAROLINA showing of “WEST SIDE STORY” was a exclusive advance enagement at the Dilworth Theatre on June 23,1962 where it played to capacity crowds. Not only did WEST SIDE STORY played here but the exclusive run of CLEOPATRA broke all Charlotte attendance records during its run at the Dilworth in 1963.
The IMAX Experience at Southpoint Mall Cinemas is scheduled to open on March or April…maybe April 1, 2011.
I saw a lot of films here at the Thruway. Not only all “The Empire Strikes Back”,and “Return of the Jedi” played here,but I do remember seeing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in the summer of 1984.
The line to get in was wrapped all the way around the building. Once inside,every seat was packed to capacity and the rest were standing room only since the movie was shown in 70MM.
Will reopen on Tuesday February 1, 2011
The IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum is closed to the public for extensive renovations including new projection and update equipment.
It closed its doors on January 8, 2011,and will reopen in mid-February.
I saw Billy Jack here,during its re-release.
This is scheduled to open either before the weekend of Easter or around Memorial Day.
Among the movies scheduled to be played in the new theatre will be recent blockbusters as well as standard Hollywood classics that will get the IMAX treatment.
Located in the midtown section of Raleigh,North Hills opened in 1965 as a strip shopping center,but was expanded into a indoor mall by 1966. When North Hills opened in 1966,it became one of the largest malls in the Triangle,not to mention the state’s second indoor shopping center(following Charlottetowne Mall which opened in 1959).
North Hills had a retangular design with two floors. The upper level opening onto Six Forks Road with was the main entrance,and the lower level facing a parking deck onto Lassiter Mill Road. When it opened in 1966,North Hills Mall had three main anchor department stores: One was Penney’s,aka JC Penney that was located on the other side facing Lassiter Mill Road.
The others were Ivey’s Department Store(later Dillard’s),and a F.W. Woolworth’s that was in the middle of the mall on its upper level that was really huge with full scale pharmacy and restaurant. The speciality stores were a World Bazaar, Ronson’s,
Montaldo’s, Nowell’s Men Shop, Kerr Discount Drugs, and on the side next to Ivey’s was K&W Cafeteria.
The “plaza” strip was across the street from the mall.
It was anchored by a Winn Dixie grocer,and specialty shops and services along the intersection of Lassiter Mill and Six Forks Roads. The Cardinal Theatre was on the opposite end of the “plaza” facing Six Forks Road at the intersection of Lassiter Mill.
Charlottetown Mall became one of the first indoor shopping centers to be built in the Southeast between Washington,DC and Atlanta,GA. Charlottetowne Mall was North Carolina’s first ever indoor shopping center and became Charlotte’s most popular destination center that opened to the public on October 28, 1959.
The mall had two levels that included a Bon Marche' Department Store(later Ivey’s),a Roses Five and Ten,
Eckerd Drugs,another department store,and on the lower level on the opposite end was a huge Colonial/Big Stat grocer.
The Charlottetowne Mall cinemas opened in 1963 as it was the first twin theatres to be established in North Carolina. A third screen was added in the mid-1970’s(By taking the original auditoriums and splitting it down the middle and it was also done in the 1980’s).
A fourth screen came during the 1980’s until its closing in the 1990’s. It has since been demolished.
HISTORY: Cardinal Theatre of North Hills in Raleigh
1967-1971 Wilby Kincey Corporation
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres
1986-1990 Cineplex Odeon Corporation
It was also known as the Cardinal Theatre of North Hills when it opened on Saturday July 1, 1967 as a 750 seat single screen theatre owned and operated by Wilby-Kincey Corporation. The main attraction and the premiere opening of the Cardinal Theatre was the Doris Day-Richard Harris flick “Caprice”. Other coming attractions to the Cardinal were Otto Preminger’s “Hurry Sundown”,“A Guide for the Married Man”,and the roadshow enagement of “Camelot”.
By 1977,a second auditorium with 625 seats was built that was adjacent to the huge original auditorium that seated 750,bringing the total of seats to 1,375. The grand opening attractions for the newly restored Cardinal I & II were in screen I:“For The Love Of Benji”,and in Screen II: “A Bridge Too Far” premiere on June 24, 1977. The original auditorium was equipped with full Dobly Stereo for its enagement of “The Empire Strikes Back”,which was one of five theatres in North Carolina that showed it in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo on May 21, 1980.
It remained the Cardinal I & II until its closing in 1990.