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raysson commented about Colony Theater on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This theater opened on December 29,1972 as the Six Forks Cinema and it was Raleigh’s first-ever mini cinema with a seating capacity of 360 that was owned and operated under Jerry Lewis Theatres. The opening attraction for the December 29,1972 premiere was “Joe Kidd” starring Clint Eastwood. By mid-1973,Jerry Lewis Theatres filed for bankruptcy and the ownership of the cinema changed hands under Schneider-Merl Corporation(which also operated the Valley Theatres 1 & 2 at Crabtree Valley and also the Colony at Five Points). A local manager by the name of Bill Rawls did a huge restoration of this theatre in the mid-1970’s, by converting a former restaurant into a second auditorium. By August 5,1977,a Dobly Stereo System was installed in the second auditorium which seated 500 for it’s grand opening of “MacArthur” starring Gregory Peck for the opening of the Terrace Twin that was operated under Bill Rawls Theatres and later under Martin Theatres.

By November of 1988,the Terrace went from showing first-run films to becoming a second-run discount movie house that lasted for six years until it’s closing in 1994. By 1994,Bill Peebles under his company Ambassador Entertainment restored this theatre and turned it into a art-house cinema and renamed it the Colony Theatres 1 & 2 which remains to be one of Raleigh’s top arthouse cinemas.

I have the original ads for the December 29,1972 opening of the Six Forks Cinema and also the August 5, 1977 original ad for the Terrace Twin Theatres. Any and all information can be sent to me at this address: Thank you.

raysson commented about Pleasant Valley Promenade 7 on Jun 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Correction:I will post this information on this site. I have the original ads for this theatre. FYI: The Pleasant Valley Cinemas opened in October of 1989,a week before the Carmike 7 opened in North Raleigh on November 3,1989.

raysson commented about Cameron Village Theatre on Jun 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

This theatre was still going strong by 1989. It didn’t closed until March of 1990. I have the ads for it’s original closing.

raysson commented about Carmike closes Cinema 8 on Jun 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Leave it to Carmike to close the only movie house in town.

raysson commented about Cameo Art House Theatre on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

The Cameo Art-House Theatre is one of two arthouse cinemas that are located EAST of Raleigh,North Carolina that specializes in showing first-run independent films,documentaries,and foreign releases.

The other is the Thalian Hall Center in Wilmington,NC. This theatre is not listed on the cinema treasures website,but they do have an address for this site:

raysson commented about Parkhill Cinema 3 on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm


1982-1986 Stewart and Everett Theatres

1986-2002 Carmike Cinemas

2002-???? Independent

raysson commented about Carmike closes Cinema 8 on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

It was basically the only movie theatre in town.

I do recall going to the Cinema 4 in June of 1982 where the lines stretched around the theatre for “E.T.”, “Star Trek II”, “Poltergeist”,and “Rocky III”. It was also operated under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett,which also operated several other theatres in the Triad including the Reynolda and University Plaza theatres in Winston-Salem,and also the Golden Gate and the Quaker Village theaters in Greensboro,and the Cinema in Graham/Mebane.

raysson commented about Salisbury Mall Cinemas on May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

Coate: From the previous comment: The third screen could not have opened on December 13th since OUT OF AFRICA hadn’t yet been released.

OUT OF AFRICA was generally released on December 18th.
The Salisbury Mall Cinemas wouldn’t get the film until mid-January,so larger cities like Charlotte would get first venue,but Salisbury would get the film until later on.

raysson commented about Salisbury Mall Cinemas on May 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

Information: The Salisbury Mall Cinemas originally opened on December 13,1985 as a three screen cinema,replacing the Rowan Plaza Twin(which became a discount movie house). The Salisbury Mall Cinemas opened as a three screen,but it was really a multiplex six screener(the other three screens would open in late January or early-February of 1986).


Screen 1: Sylvester Stallone in “ROCKY IV”

Screen 2: Michael Douglas “JEWEL OF THE NILE”

Screen 3: Steve Guttenburg in “BAD MEDICINE”

Screens 4,5,and 6(Opened in January,1986)

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS: Robert Redford and Meryl Streep “OUT OF AFRICA”

Steven Spielburg’s “YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES”

raysson commented about Eutaw Twin Theatres on May 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

STAR WARS played here TWICE during many of it’s re-releases. The first re-release was on July 21,1978. The other was in August of 1979.

raysson commented about Carmike Cardinal Cinemas I-II-III on May 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

ctwrenn: actually I hate to bust your bubble(and your pride),but I have the original dates and original ads from the Fayetteville Observer to where STAR WARS played first-run. It did NOT, I repeat it did NOT played at the King Theatre!!! NOR did STAR WARS played at neither the King Theatre nor the Cardinal Theatres I & II during it’s re-release.

The first-run booking and the original engagement showing of STAR WARS played at the Cross Creek Mall Cinema I-II-III in Fayetteville on June 17,1977. It played there for 27 weeks!!!

raysson commented about Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have the original list to where STAR WARS played first-run in North Carolina. Not to mention it’s list of re-release dates from 1978. I would be glad to sent you this.

raysson commented about Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary on May 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

STAR WARS Original Engagements in North Carolina. 06.17.1977-Asheville-Merrimon Twin (22 weeks)

06.17.1977-Fayetteville-Cross Creek Mall 3 (27 Weeks)

06.17.1977-Greensboro-Janus VII-(64 weeks)-DOBLY STEREO

06.17.1977-Winston-Salem-Parkview 1 & 2-(27 weeks)

07.01.1977-Charlotte-Charlottetown Mall 3-(46 weeks)

raysson commented about Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary on May 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

The Janus Theatres in Greensboro played STAR WARS for an impressive 64 weeks running until September 1,1977. The other long running city was the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas that played it for 46 weeks. Other cities in North Carolina didn’t get the film until July 1,1977 in selected cities throughout the state.

raysson commented about Hanes Mall Cinema on May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The Hanes Mall Cinema became a fixture for 25 years until it’s closing on October 10,2000 when Carmike Cinemas built on huge 12-plex just down the street from the Hanes Mall and nearby Interstate 40.

Open in 1976 as Winston-Salem’s first multiplex cinema.

raysson commented about Salisbury Mall Cinemas on May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Opened around Christmas of 1985 as a three screen operation,and by early 1986 expanded into six screens making one of Salisbury’s largest multiplex cinemas,and the town’s only multiplex theatre in all of Rowan County. Originally showing first-run features and family films,the Salisbury Mall Cinemas was the place to see a great movie until 2000 when Cinemark Theatres built a huge 14-screen megaplex that gave this theatre some competition. By 2000 it was reduced to a discount movie house.

Kleesburg Theatres owns and operated the Salisbury Mall Cinemas as a discount house by showing second-run films at bargain prices.

raysson commented about Rowan Plaza Cinemas on May 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

It was converted to three screens by the mid-1980’s

raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on May 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

Don’t let the signs fronting Chapel Hill Boulevard fool you. The theatres are hidden in the back of the shopping center between Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney,behind the lower level of the parking deck. This was the worst movie theater in Durham with it’s classroom size auditoriums that lasted in operation from 1975 until 1994. It closed in 1994. The mall itself was demolished in 2001.

raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on May 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

The Kings Plaza Shopping Center became a flea market during the mid-1980’s. The flea market is where the former King’s Department Store used to be and also took over the space where the former Winn-Dixie grocer stood and former Kerr Discount Drugs.

raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on May 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

Open in 1967 as a 700 seat single screen theater. Was twinned in 1975. The second auditorium was under renovations in 1979 to make way for a third auditorium with second auditorium split down the middle creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. Screen 1 had 450 seats. By the time the second auditorium was renovated the seating capacities for Screens 2 and 3 were between 299 or 300.

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

This cinema was also under Plitt Southern Theatres too during the late-1970’s and early to mid-1980’s. It was operated under Cineplex Odeon before it closed in the mid-1990’s

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

More information on Columbia’s Richland Mall Theater..

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

Open on July 9, 1966 with Doris Day and Rod Taylor in “THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT”. IN COLOR.

raysson commented about Tryon Mall 4 on May 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm


Both JAWS and JAWS II played here at the Tryon Mall first-run when this theatre was under ABC Southeastern Theatres and later Plitt Southern Theatres.

raysson commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 16: Charlotte) on May 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

Mike, The same can be said for what happen to ALL of the Downtown Theatres in Raleigh. After the Ambassador Theatre closed in 1979,it was the last movie theatre to be in Downtown Raleigh(this was when Raleigh’s own Fayetteville Street was converted into a street mall). The State closed in 1975 and the Wake closed in 1969. The Ambassador was demolished by 1984.

But at least Durham was smart enough to save it’s vintage Carolina Theater from the wrecking ball(which is to this day,the only movie theater that is still in existence Downtown)

At least they didn’t do what they done in Charlotte which is a crying shame.