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The ONLY RESERVED SEAT ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CAROLINA:The Plaza Theatre in Charlotte on June 10, 1960.
THE EXCLUSIVE EASTERN ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CAROLINA:The Village Theatre in Raleigh on August 19,1960,aka as the Cameron Village Theatre. The Raleigh Premiere was a Eastern North Carolina Engagement Showing. It was not a Reserved Seat Engagement.
Other theatres such as Greensboro, Durham, Wilmington,Fayetteville and Winston-Salem wouldn’t get the film until December of 1960 OR February of 1961,even though it was released in 1959.
BTW: I have the original ads to where BEN-HUR played first run in both Charlotte and Raleigh. If you need more information,please feel free to e-mail me at
This was formerly the Imperial Cinemas that opened on December 23,1977. It was the town’s first multiplex cinema under Fairlane-Litchfeld Theatres. United Artists took over the operations of the Imperial Cinemas(at the time was a four screen cinema)during the 1980’s when a major renovation added two new auditoriums making it the Imperial Cinemas 6 under the UA banner. United Artists closed this theatre in 2000. New York based Madstone Theatres bought this theatre in 2002(renamed it the Madstone 6) which by the way folded in 2004,with Galaxy Cinemas took over in 2004 and change the format as a first-run arthouse/indie cinema that specializes in Bollywood and vintage Hollywood classics. Set to closed in 2013.
It did very well during the mid-1980’s and early 1990’s as a discount cinema under Carmike. I saw THE COLOR PURPLE here in 1987.
STAR WARS was one of the theatres that got the exclusive engagement showing during it’s re-release on July 21,1978 and was on several theatres that was given the full DOBLY STEREO sound system exclusive when this theater was the Regency Theatres 1 & 2.
GODSPELL was the grand opening attraction of the South Hills Twin Cinemas on July 20,1973. It was shown on two screens.
This theater operated under Consolidated Theatres from 1973(when it changed it’s name to the Regency Theatres 1 & 2 in 1975) until 1978. Martin Theatres owned it(when the name was changed to the South Hills Twin)until 1984. Carmike Cinemas took over in 1984 when they bought Martin Theatres(All of the moviehouses that were under Martin Theatres in Raleigh were the Valley Twin,the Village Twin,the Terrace Twin,and the Falls Village Twin Theatres);when the Carmike name was first used in the greater Triangle market in 1985. The South Hills Twin was closed in 1994 when the Blue Ridge Cinemas opened
(which Carmike also shuttered the Terrace Twin and the Falls Twin theatres in Raleigh at the same time which were discount houses….The Valley Twin closed in 1988,and the Village Twin closed in 1991);leaving the Blue Ridge Cinemas(over at Blue Ridge Road near the State Fairgrounds at Western Blvd.)to become the only discount movie house not only in Wake County,but
eventually the only discount theater East of Raleigh.
Opened on July 20,1973 with GODSPELL.
Nighthawk1 is right:
S&E had two movie theatres in Fayetteville. The other was the Carolina Theatre Downtown Fayetteville on Hay Street that closed on October 19,1978, a year before this theatre opened. The Westwood Cinemas was the last venue in Fayetteville under Stewart and Everett before Carmike bought S&E out in 1986.
1979-1986 Stewart and Everett Corporation
1986-1995 Carmike Cinemas
The was formerly the Westwood 6 Cinemas that opened in 1979 and was closed in 1995. The former theatre was demolished in early 1995 and in it’s place Carmike Cinemas built a huge 12-screen plex that opened on October 4, 1996.
I have the original ad of the grand opening of this theatre from the Greensboro News and Record on February 9,1979 of the Four Seasons Mall Cinemas.
THE OPENING ATTRACTIONS FOR IT’S GRAND OPENING WERE:
I-Clint Eastwood in EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE
II-Glenda Jackson in THE CLASS OF MISS MACMICHAEL
III-Anthony Quinn in THE INHERITANCE
IV-Walt Disney’s THE NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS
Opened on October 3,1997 by Carmike Cinemas.
The CAROLINA THEATRE opened on October 17,1927 with the opening feature attraction “THE UNKNOWN” starring Lon Chaney. At the time of it’s opening,the CAROLINA was Fayetteville’s newest theatre with it’s luxury comfort as one of the finest movie palaces in Southestern North Carolina. I have in my possession the original advertisement for it’s October 17,1927 grand opening.
I have the original ads for the grand opening of this theatre that was in the Charlotte Observer on August 21,1970.
The CAROLINA THEATRE in Downtown Fayetteville closed it’s doors forever on October 19,1978 with the double feature showings of “RABID” and “PIRAHNA” for it’s last day of operations.
This was a major Hay Street movie house for 51 years serving the Fayetteville area since it opened it’s doors in 1927 as one of the largest theatres in Eastern North Carolina. At the time of it’s closing,only three theatres remain in business in Downtown Fayetteville with the Miracle(closed in 1982),the Broadway(closed in 1981),and the Towne(closed in 1987).
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here first-run in 1981.
The Willowdaile Cinema 8 closed its doors forever on June 2, 2005. It was demolished to make room for a super 52,000 square foot Harris Teeter grocer that opened in mid-2009 where the cinema once stood in North Durham.
By the time Carmike took over this theatre in the mid to late-1980’s the conditions this cinema was in was absolutely horrific. There were numerous reports of garbage between the seats with empty beer bottles,fried chicken boxes lying around and not to mention some of the seats were just filthy! Also did I mention condoms were between the seats,and the numerous report of gang fights that broke out during weekend screenings. By the mid-1990’s,this theatre converted from first-run films to showing second-run movies as a discount theatre in order to keep afloat. By 2000,this theatre was closed by Carmike Cinemas and from there were plans to reopen this theatre,but that didn’t help. A church was set to reopen it by showing kiddie matinees in order to stay open which at the time of the University Plaza 1 & 2’s closing had tough competition from a bigger and larger megaplex that was being built just up the street. By the time the church took over where the University Plaza Cinemas once stood,no one would have ever suspected that once upon a time this was a movie theatre located on the Northern section of the city.
Open on Friday February 9, 1979 as General Cinema’s second movie theatre to open in the greater Triad area,and Greensboro’s second multiplex theatre since the opening of the Carolina Circle Mall Cinemas 6 that opened on November 12,1976. The 2nd GCC Theatre to open since the Hanes Mall Cinemas opened in Winston-Salem on December 22,1976. The Four Seasons Mall Cinemas closed in 2001.
A lot of Disney films did BIG business here.
From THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, ALADDIN, THE LION KING,
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, TOY STORY 1 AND TOY STORY 2.
1988-1995 Cineplex Odeon Corporation
1995-2001 Carmike Cinemas
Closed in 2001 when the building was converted into a Gold’s Gym. I have the original ads for the September 16,1988 grand opening of this theatre.
I saw HOME ALONE here at the Waverly Place Cinemas in December of 1990 with the lines that were snaked around the front of the cinema all the way to the back of the shopping center. So many crowds coming to this,it had to be shown on 2 screens. But it did BIG business!
The Valley Theatres 1 & 2 at Crabtree Valley Mall closed in 1988. But the Valley and the Terrace along with the Village Twin Theatres at Cameron Village were separate movie houses since the Terrace became a discount movie house by 1989 and remained that way for five years until it became the Colony as an arthouse cinema in 1994.
I saw a lot of great movies here…….
“ALADDIN” in 1992 played to capacity crowds as well as a lot of big blockbuster flicks.
“MRS. DOUBTFIRE”, “HOME ALONE”, “HOME ALONE 2”,
“DANCES WITH WOLVES”, “TERMINATOR 2:JUDGMENT DAY”,
“THE KARATE KID III”, “DAYS OF THUNDER”, “TWISTER”
“THE LION KING”, and many many more.
Anyone else have great movie memories of the Pleasant Valley Promenade Cinemas?
I have the original ads from the theatre’s grand opening.
The Pleasant Valley Cinemas opened on October 27,1989,one week before the Carmike Cinema 7(that opened on November 3,1989). It was General Cinema’s first and only movie theatre in the Raleigh-Durham area. A lot of great movies played here that brought in the crowds too
“Batman Returns”, “Dick Tracy”, “Terminator 2”, “New Jack City”, “Eyes Wide Shut”,“Private Parts”, “Speed 1 and Speed 2”, “Die Hards 2 and 3”, “Batman Forver”, not to mention huge crowds for “Toy Storys 1 and 2”, “Unforgiven”, and it was the only movie theatre in Raleigh that also did reissue of Hollywood classics too.
I saw “A Few Good Men” here as well as “Batman and Robin”,and James Cameron’s “Titanic” that played here before capacity crowds. Pleasant Valley was a well run and very well kept multiplex during it’s heyday between the late-1980’s all the way into the 1990’s. By the late 1990’s it wasn’t elaborate enough to compete with either Carmike’s marble lobbied multiplexes or the stadium seating of two other movie theatres that were being built along that stretch of Glenwood Avenue that were the Raleigh Grande 16,that opened in 1998 and the other stadium seating megaplex,The Brier Creek Commons that opened in 2001 that put this theatre out of business. By 2000,it re-opened as a discount movie theatre under Entertainment Film Works(EFW) that really closed it’s doors by early 2001.