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raysson commented about Carolina Circle 6 Theater on Mar 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Opened on November 12,1976 under AMC Theatres Corporation.

aka American Multi-Cinema Corporation.

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raysson commented about Carolina Theater on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

MISSING MOVIE THEATRES IN HICKORY:

  1. The Terrace Theatres 1 & 2 at Catawba Mall Shopping Center

  2. The Thunderbird-Drive-In

  3. The Hickory Drive-In

  4. The Crown Cinemas 4 at Hickory Plaza.

***These will be added to the Cinema Treasures site.

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raysson commented about Center Theater on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Chuck1231: The CENTER THEATRE opened on January 30,1939.

Continued to show first-run features and special interest films until it’s closing in 1981. At the time of it’s closing in 1981,the CENTER THEATRE was the only standing theatre in all of Downtown High Point after the Paramount and the Carolina closed.

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raysson commented about Capri Triple Theatre on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

The Capri Triple Theatre upon it’s opening was complete with a Dobly Stereo Sound System installed in it’s largest auditorium(Screen 1) for it’s November 21, 1979 premiere showing of “Fiddler on the Roof”,which was re-released back in theatres.

Screen 2: Was “The Prize Fighter” starring Don Knotts

Screen 3: Was the exclusive Triad engagement showing of Francis Ford Coppula’s “Apocalypse Now” starring Martin Sheen and Harrison Ford.

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raysson commented about Westchester Cinemas on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

FYI: Westchester Mall opened in 1968 as High Point’s and the Triad’s first-in close shopping center anchored by three department stores consisting of Thalhimers, J.C. Penney, and Eriad’s Department Store. The cinema was on the opposite end of the shopping center when it opened in 1970 as the Trans-Lux Theatre that was owned and operated by Brandt Theatres as a 690 seat single screener. Received its new name The Westchester Mall Cinema in 1975 when it was still a single screen theatre. It remained that way until the 1990’s when it was twinned and change it’s format from showing first-run features to becoming a second-run discount movie house until it’s closing in 2000.

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raysson commented about Towne Twin Theater on Mar 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

kencmcintyre: The Towne Theatre ran adult films? I did my extensive research on this theatre,and to my knowledge it must have been running soft-porn films as late show entries long before Martin Theatres took over in the mid-1970’s. I’m from Durham,and I know one theatre in my area,the Yorktowne showed in its entirely the explicit “XXX” rated version of “Caligula”.

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raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on Mar 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Kings Plaza Shopping Center is now home to a very popular flea market that is open to the public on weekends. This is in the same location as where the former King’s Department Store,and the King Theatre used to be,not to mention the other section of the flea market was also to be a Winn-Dixie grocer.

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raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on Mar 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS TO FAYETTEVILLE’S NEWEST ULTRA SHOWPLACE THEATRE! Bragg Boulevard-Kings Plaza(2-9-67)

Vanessa Redgrave in “GEORGY GIRL”
Patty Duke in “THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS”
John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in “THE WAR WAGON”
Walt Disney’s “THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE”
Clint Eastwood in “A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS”
John Forsythe in “IN COLD BLOOD”

AND COMING SOON TO THIS THEATRE:
The musical event of 1967..“HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”.

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raysson commented about Reynolda Theatres I-II-III on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Francis Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here first-run at the Reynolda Cinema on March 22,1972.

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raysson commented about Parkway Theatre on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Not only ROSEMARY’S BABY played here but also THE FRENCH CONNECTION and ROCKY among many others that played at the Parkway Theatre when it was still a single screen cinema during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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raysson commented about Parkview Twin Theatres on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

The opening attraction of the Parkview Theatre came on August 23,1972 with the exclusive engagement showing of CABARET starring Liza Minnelli.

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raysson commented about Parkview Twin Theatres on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

A lot of great blockbusters played at the Parkview Theatre. “STAR WARS” played here first-run in 1977,and was one of the many films that was re-released too in 1978.

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” played here at the Parkview Twin first-run in 1981.

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raysson commented about Parkview Twin Theatres on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

The Parkview became a twin cinema in June of 1975 for it’s opening attraction of “Jaws”. Also listed as the Parkview 1 and Parkview 2.

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raysson commented about Parkway Theatre on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

To Ret. AKC(NAC)CC Bob Jensen: I have done extensive research on this theatre and this information on the Parkway has been updated as of 3/20/2012.

The Parkway Theatre upon it’s opening was Winston-Salem’s first ever suburban theatre,and it was a first-run alternative to the Downtown moviehouses when it opened on September 1,1965. I have the original ads for its grand opening. The opening attraction on September 1,1965 was a Rock Hudson flick starring Leslie Caron “A Very Special Favor”. It was owned and operated until Schneider-Merl Theatres.

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raysson commented about Capri Triple Theatre on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

A lot of blockbusters played at the Capri Triple. From “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to “E.T.”,and even “Back to the Future”. The original “Batman” played here first-run as well.

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raysson commented about Capri Triple Theatre on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Correction: The Capri Triple Theatres opened to the public on November 21,1979 as High Point’s first-ever triplex cinema. This theatre did not open in 1976,but it opened in 1979. I have the ads from its grand opening that were in the 11/21/1979 edition of the High Point Enterprise. The information concerning this cinema will be updated. It closed around 1999 or 2000.

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raysson commented about Quaker Village Theatres on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Chuck 1231:

Stewart and Everett Theatres: 1972-1986

Carmike Cinemas: 1986-2003

**This theatre was NEVER operated under Martin Theatres.

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raysson commented about Quaker Village Theatres on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Chuck1231: This information about this theatre will be updated. I have found the original ad for the Quaker Village’s grand opening in the December 22,1972 edition of the Greensboro News and Record. I will have this reposted. The Quaker Village was Greensboro’s second twin cinema after the opening the Janus in 1968.

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raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Mar 3, 2012 at 1:50 am

Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here on March 22,1972.[when it was still a twin cinema]

STAR WARS played at the Charlottetown Cinema for an impressive 46 weeks from June 17,1977 until it ended in December of 1977.[aka The Charlottetown I-II-III]

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here to capacity crowds in 1981.

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raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Mar 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

The Charlottetown Mall Cinemas was also known as the CINEMA I & II. The theatre originally opened on November 6, 1963 with Debbie Reynolds in “Mary,Mary” that played on two screens. I have the original ads from it’s Grand Opening from the Charlotte Observer newspaper as the 1st twin theatres to be established in North Carolina.

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raysson commented about Capri Theater on Mar 3, 2012 at 1:41 am

Patricia Carol: It must have been crazy dealing with the capacity crowds when “E.T.” played there in June of 1982. I know the ushers were really working their behinds off between showings,not to mention dealing with the capacity crowds that arrived early for that too. By the way Patricia e-mail me sometime at I have in my possession the original ads for “E.T.” where it played at the Capri first-run in 1982. Also,the original ad from January 28,1965 where the Capri played “My Fair Lady” during it’s exclusive roadshow run. Not to mention,I have the ad for the theatre’s grand opening from the Charlotte Observer newspaper of November 2,1964.

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raysson commented about Capri Theater on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Steven Spielburg’s masterpiece “E.T.” played here first-run at this theatre on June 11,1982. I have the original ads from the Charlotte Observer. Presented in DOBLY STEREO.

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Chuck 1231: I have the original ads from March 2, 1973 grand opening of the Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh,aka The Mission Valley Cinema I & II. Source: Raleigh News and Observer.

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raysson commented about Starlite Drive-In on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

SHOWGIRLS played here at this drive-in theatre in early 1996. It was the only theatre that show it due to its controversial and graphically sexual content due to its “NC-17” rating.

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raysson commented about Janus Theatres on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I saw SHOWGIRLS where it played in the Raleigh-Durham area when it was released in 1995 at the Imperial VI Cinemas in Cary. SHOWGIRLS only played in selected theatres upon it’s release. But SHOWGIRLS wasn’t the first movie to have a controversial following in the Carolinas,especially in the greater Greensboro area.

The Janus also was the ONLY theatre in the greater Triad area in 1990 to show the controversial and explicit frank and sexually graphic film HENRY AND JUNE that was in the first movie to be released with the MPAA’s new “NC-17” rating(originally “X”). It was one of four cinemas in North Carolina that show it during its theatrical release. The others were in Charlotte, Asheville,and Raleigh.