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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.
“RABID” came out in 1977 and starred Marilyn Chambers. Yes,that Marilyn Chambers of “Beyond The Green Door” fame.
I will find the correct dates for when the Carolina Theater opened and closed. I’m conducting research with one of the librarians for the archives within the Cumberland County Public Library for more information. I know one person who was asking about another Fayetteville movie house downtown that was not listed on Cinema Treasures THE MIRACLE just to let you know that I added the correct information for that theater. I have the original ads from it’s 1956 grand opening as well as the original ads from the 1941 grand opening of the Colony Theater too. Please send me the photos of the Broadway and the Colony.
Steve McQueen in THE GETAWAY played here first-run around Christmas of 1972 to capacity crowds.
The Cinema Theater is listed on this site located on Tate Street near the UNC-G campus. I also saw “The Getaway” there around Christmas of 1972,first-run.
I have the original ad for this theatre’s grand opening. The Golden East Crossing Cinemas opened on December 18, 1987 under Cineplex Odeon Theatres. The opening attractions for the grand opening of the Golden East Crossing Cinemas were:
1- Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss in NUTS
2- Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen in WALL STREET
3- BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED from Steven Spielburg
4- Tom Selleck and Ted Danson THREE MEN AND A BABY
The Golden East Crossing Cinemas was Rocky Mount’s largest and most popular multiplex cinema until the 1990’s until Carmike Cinemas took over operations until it closed in 2003.
The Willowdaile Cinemas opened to the public on December 12, 1986 and it became Durham’s second multiplex theatre since the opening of the South Square Mall Cinemas in December of 1975. The opening attractions were “The Three Amigos”,but the crowds really showed up for the screening of “The Golden Child” starring Eddie Murphy for it’s official opening playing in the largest auditorium with a seaing capacity of 500 and with full Dobly Stereo Sound.
The Westchester Mall Cinemas opened as the Trans-Lux In-Flight Cinema owned and operated under Brandt Theatres. Brandt at the time of this theatre’s opening had Trans-Lux In Flight Theatres in Charlotte,
Greensboro and Burlington. The Trans-Lux In Flight Cinema opened on April 29, 1970 with the premiere attraction of THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE starring Jason Robards and Stella Stevens. Received it’s new name the Westchester Mall Cinema in 1975 when it was still a single screen operation with a seating capacity of 690. It was twinned by the late 1970’s.
From the previous comment: When you say in-close shopping center do you mean a closed shopping center like a mall?
Yes. And just to let you know that I have found the original ad from the High Point Enterprise newspaper about the opening. The Westchester Mall opened it’s doors to the public on April 22,1970 and it was High Point’s first-ever indoor mall and the Triad’s largest indoor shopping center. The Westchester Mall was anchored by three major department stores at the time of it’s opening which consisted of Belk Beck,
Eriad’s Department Store, Thalhimers,and J.C. Penney along with Mann Drugs, Kress' Department Store and was anchored by two major grocery chains one was A&P,and the other was a Kroger,along with 100 or more speciality shops and services with two major service banks that were located by the front of the shopping center(one of them was Wachovia and the other was Central Carolina Bank).
Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Terrace Twin from 1986 under 1994. It cease operations as a second-run discount theatre in January of 1994.
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:
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.
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.
Leave it to Carmike to close the only movie house in town.
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:
1982-1986 Stewart and Everett Theatres
1986-2002 Carmike Cinemas
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.