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A LOT of blockbuster films got first-run billing at this theatre. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s,the CENTER was High Point’s only Downtown Cinema.
“SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE” played here first-run on December 21, 1978.
ALL OF THE PINK PANTHER SEQUELS from 1975-1978 played here first-run
Other movies like “CONVOY”, “SILVER STREAK”,and others played at the CENTER first-run until it’s closing in 1981.
I will find the exact date to the ad for the grand opening of the Trans-Lux Theatre in High Point,and when I do I will revised the following information. In the meantime,I have revised the following information for three High Point theatres(The Towne Theatre, The Martin Twin Theatres,and the Capri Triple)which have been updated on the cinema treasures site. I may have to dig into the old newspaper ads within the Microfilm for this information(probably taking a trip over to UNC Libraries at the Wilson Library for this). But I will let you know.
In 1986,Cineplex Odeon had two movie houses within the greater Rocky Mount area. The Golden East Crossing Cinemas was one. The other was the Cardinal 1 & 2 at Crossroads Plaza(formerly K-Mart Plaza).
The Englewood Cinema 1 & 2 and the Oakwood Plaza 1 & 2 were operated under Stewart and Everett until 1986,before Carmike Cinemas took over operations.
The Oakwood Plaza Cinemas 1 & 2 is also NOT listed on the site but will be very soon.
Opened on November 12,1976 under AMC Theatres Corporation.
aka American Multi-Cinema Corporation.
MISSING MOVIE THEATRES IN HICKORY:
The Terrace Theatres 1 & 2 at Catawba Mall Shopping Center
The Hickory Drive-In
The Crown Cinemas 4 at Hickory Plaza.
***These will be added to the Cinema Treasures site.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
Francis Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here first-run at the Reynolda Cinema on March 22,1972.
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.
The opening attraction of the Parkview Theatre came on August 23,1972 with the exclusive engagement showing of CABARET starring Liza Minnelli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stewart and Everett Theatres: 1972-1986
Carmike Cinemas: 1986-2003
**This theatre was NEVER operated under Martin Theatres.
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.
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
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.
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
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.