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The Park Terrace Theatre in Charlotte was the first ULTRAVISION theatre in the Carolinas when it opened on May 28,1964 under Wilby-Kincey Theatres.
The design was the same as several that Wilby-Kincey was building at the time that were ULTRAVISION theatres with seating capacities of 740-790 with full 70MM capability,
and full Stereophonic Surround Sound in all auditoriums.
Richland Mall-Columbia, SC (1966)
Center-Durham, NC (1966)
Gaston Mall-Gastonia,NC (1967)
Camelot-Myrtle Beach,SC (1967)
Cardinal-Rocky Mount,NC (1972)
Park Terrace-Charlotte,NC (1964)
Tryon Mall,Charlotte,NC (1972)
Thruway-Winston Salem,NC (1969)
By 1987-1988 Greensboro based Janus Theatres Group acquired this theatre(THE TERRACE) after it was bought out by Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. Janus Theatres also acquired the Janus Theatres 1 & 2 as well after it bought out Brandt Theatres Group(aka Trans Lux Cinemas).
This was one of the theatres Martin acquired in 1975 when it was a single screen movie house as the Park Theatre. It was twinned by 1978 under Martin Theatres.
This was one of the theatres Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1982.
Address: 125 Huffman Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27215
You’re right 5 Minutes….this theater was located at the intersection of South Church Street at Huffman Mill Road that was across the street from which was called the Holly Hill Mall(which is now the Colonial Mall)that opened on March 13,1970 as a 700-seat single screen theatre under Wilby-Kincey/ABC Theatres. It was Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre. Was twinned in March of 1974 when a second auditorium was built adjenct to the original auditorium. It was renamed the Terrace I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres. By the mid-1980’s,the second auditorium was split down the middle into two sections,creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. By 1988 or 1989,it was split down the middle again as it when from three to six screens creating extra shoebox quads with smaller screens not to mention at the time Janus Theatres bought out the Terrace Theatres from Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. It remained a six screen cinema until the mid-1990’s when Janus Theatres began construction on a huge 14-plex called the West End Cinemas 14 that was just a half-mile down from the Terrace and nearby Holly Hill Mall that was set to open in November of 1996 to muscle in the competition. The Terrace Theatres closed in December of 1996 and was demolished in 2000. A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse and a Rite-Aid Pharmacy now sits where the former Terrace Theatres once stood.
Opened on March 13,1970 under Wilby-Kincey Theatres/ABC Southeastern Theatres. It was a 700 seat single screen ULTRAVISION theatre. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre was Walt Disney’s “THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES” Starring Kurt Russell,Joe Flynn and Cesar Romero.
THE COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE TERRACE THEATRE…BURLINGTON’S ULTRAVISION THEATRE!!!
-The Alamance County Exclusive Engagement Showing of “GONE WITH THE WIND”-Starring Clark Gable…….
-Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in “WINNING”
-The colossal hit of 1970 “AIRPORT!”-With Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin and with an all-star cast!!!!
-The comedy smash hit of the decade “MAS*H”
1970-1978 Wilby-Kincey/ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres
1987-1990 Cineplex Odeon Corporation/Plitt Southern
1990-1996 Janus Theatres Group
This theatre was never a eight screener in 1996…I had the original newspaper ad from 1996…this theatre was a six screener under Janus Theatres. It closed in December of 1996,when the West End Cinemas 14 just a half-mile down on South Church Street from Holly Hill Mall put this theatre out of business. It was demolished in 2000.
The theater is located where a Lowes Home Improvement Store is now and a Rite Aid Pharmacy…right at the intersection of South Church Street and Huffman Mill Road across from the Holly Hill Mall(which is now Colonial Mall).
The TERRACE THEATRE in Burlington opened on March 13,1970 a week before the opening of the Trans Lux Inflight Cinema,aka The Janus Theatres that opened on March 23,1970.
This theatre opened around the same time as the ULTRAVISION THEATRE in Charleston around 1969.
Owned and operated under Marketplace Theatres.
Operated under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. It closed in the mid-1980’s before Carmike acquired all of the Stewart and Everett movie houses.
Mike,It closed in 1978 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
I passed by this theatre the other day,which was on a Sunday to find out that the Town and Country I & II in Aberdeen/Southern Pines has been demolished as of 2011.
A TEXAS ROADHOUSE OF STEAKS RESTAURANT has been built and opened in early 2012 where the former twin cinema once stood. As of now,the Sandhills Cinema 10 on Brucewood Road is the only multiplex theatre in all of Moore County serving Southern Pines/Aberdeen.
About to be mention here as well:
Regal recently had plans to built a multiplex right off Fordham Boulevard at the intersection of Sage Road(where the former site which was Borders Book Store that closed its doors in early 2011)right next door to the Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse that was convenience to nearby Highway 15-501 and not far from where the original Village Plaza Theatres were located. Guess what?
Regal rejected that idea not to build a multiplex cinema on the site of the former Borders Book Store,not to even mention the environmentalists and the backward liberals who are on the board committee of the Chapel Hill Town Council and the upper management of the powers that be at Regal Entertainment who decided not to do so.
However,it is still up in the air,as Ambassador Entertainment(which is based in Raleigh under founder and CEO Bill Peebles that has three movie theatres operating in the Raleigh area plus the Lumina Theatres at Southern Village that is based in Chapel Hill) is looking to add another cinema on that section of town where the former Borders Book Store used to be! Also eyeing this is Carmike as well!!!
It became a notorious ADULT theatre during the 1970’s and 1980’s that showed a lot of “XXX” rated films when it was known as Joe’s Drive-In. And some ODD ADULT FILMS played here…one of them was titled(and I’m not making this up) “PEBBLES GETS BAMM-BAMM”
This was also the venue for it’s midnight late shows on Friday and Saturday nights…..
–“Emmanuelle in America”
–“The Devil In Miss Jones”
–“The Story of O”
were some of the late night venues that played here at the Ram Triple,which was also the Movies 1-2-3 that opened on October 3,1975. Yes,these were straight up Rated “X” films!!!
“TAKE A HARD RIDE” remains a VERY underrated Western from the mid-1970’s(it was release in 1975)that featured three of the biggest black action superstars of the era:
-Fred “THE HAMMER” Williamson
-Jim “SLAUGHTER” Brown
-Jim “BLACK BELT JONES” Kelly
Released by 20th Century-Fox,this was one action packed Western and it is a must for movie fans to really see it for those die hard fans who are fond of good Westerns!!!
It is available on DVD!!!!
From 1970 to 2003,Eastern Federal Corporation operated this theatre. This was NEVER under Regal Cinemas. It closed in 2003 before Regal was to take over.
The Movies at Timberlyne 6 is the only theatre in Chapel Hill that Regal bought out from Eastern Federal…..
Other theatres that Regal took over from Eastern Federal:
-North Hills Cinemas 14
-The Movies at Brier Creek
Other theatres that Regal took over from Consolidated:
-White Oak Cinemas 14 in Garner
-Beaver Creek Commons in Apex
-Crossroads Cinemas 20 in Cary
A lot of good movies played here got first-run…….
“The French Connection”
“The Poseidon Adventure” (1972)
“The Towering Inferno”
“The Empire Strikes Back”
“Terminator 3: Day of the Machines”
“Beneath the Planet of the Apes”
“Escape from the Planet of the Apes”
“Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”
“Battle for the Planet of the Apes”
“Live and Let Die”
“The Spy Who Loved Me”
“Stayin Alive”–[the sequel to Saturday Night Fever]
“Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom”
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
“Harold and Maude”
“A Man Called Horse”
“The Godfather:Part II”
A lot of good movies played here at this theatre first run…….
–“Gone With The Wind”
–“Lawrence of Arabia”
–“2001: A Space Odyssey”
From May 2,2012:
NightHawk was exactly right about this theatre. When it closed in 2003,the proposed multiplex(a ten-screener)fell through when Knoxville,Tennessee based Regal Cinemas bought out Charlotte-based Eastern Federal and it’s Movies at Timberlyne 6(that theatre opened in 1989 on the Northern section of Chapel Hill that is posted on the Cinema Treasures site),and two other locations in the Triangle that were also under Eastern Federal as well…Raleigh’s North Hills 14 and Movies at Brier Creek(that is now under Regal Cinemas). Most of Regal’s North Carolina locations came from four chains…Fairlane-Litchfeld(the second incarnation),and United Artists(which bought out the first incarnation of Litchfeld). Eastern Federal and Consolidated Theatres were the other two(its final incarnation as an all-stadium theatre chain). Regal also had a hand in buying out theatres that were once under Cineplex Odeon and also Carmike.
There were other factors leading to the cancellation of the ten-screen Village Plaza Theater which was set to start construction in 2004 after the old Plaza Theatre was demolished. One of the factors was the building contract that was pushed back by members of the Chapel Hill Town Council and other parties who had other plans for this theatre. There were plans to built a ten-screen multiplex right off Highway 15-501 on the site where a formerly auto dealership stood(the former Crown Honda and Volvo)…There were talks of building a 20-plex on that same site,but that fell through as well. But the backward liberals of the Chapel Hill Town Council blocked the idea of this too. Rent was also another factor as new stores were set to be built along that stretch of the Village Plaza Shopping Center…(the Kroger store closed in the early-1990’s and was replaced by a Whole Foods grocer and specialty shops). Regal simply chose not to build the proposed theater on that site where it remains vacant to this day as council members recently made the former Village Plaza site into an environmental park. Comments?