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raysson commented about Rowan Plaza Cinemas on May 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

It was converted to three screens by the mid-1980’s

raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on May 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Don’t let the signs fronting Chapel Hill Boulevard fool you. The theatres are hidden in the back of the shopping center between Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney,behind the lower level of the parking deck. This was the worst movie theater in Durham with it’s classroom size auditoriums that lasted in operation from 1975 until 1994. It closed in 1994. The mall itself was demolished in 2001.

raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

The Kings Plaza Shopping Center became a flea market during the mid-1980’s. The flea market is where the former King’s Department Store used to be and also took over the space where the former Winn-Dixie grocer stood and former Kerr Discount Drugs.

raysson commented about King Theatres I-II-III on May 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Open in 1967 as a 700 seat single screen theater. Was twinned in 1975. The second auditorium was under renovations in 1979 to make way for a third auditorium with second auditorium split down the middle creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. Screen 1 had 450 seats. By the time the second auditorium was renovated the seating capacities for Screens 2 and 3 were between 299 or 300.

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

This cinema was also under Plitt Southern Theatres too during the late-1970’s and early to mid-1980’s. It was operated under Cineplex Odeon before it closed in the mid-1990’s

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

More information on Columbia’s Richland Mall Theater..

raysson commented about Richland Mall Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Open on July 9, 1966 with Doris Day and Rod Taylor in “THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT”. IN COLOR.

raysson commented about Tryon Mall 4 on May 20, 2012 at 7:38 am


Both JAWS and JAWS II played here at the Tryon Mall first-run when this theatre was under ABC Southeastern Theatres and later Plitt Southern Theatres.

raysson commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 16: Charlotte) on May 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Mike, The same can be said for what happen to ALL of the Downtown Theatres in Raleigh. After the Ambassador Theatre closed in 1979,it was the last movie theatre to be in Downtown Raleigh(this was when Raleigh’s own Fayetteville Street was converted into a street mall). The State closed in 1975 and the Wake closed in 1969. The Ambassador was demolished by 1984.

But at least Durham was smart enough to save it’s vintage Carolina Theater from the wrecking ball(which is to this day,the only movie theater that is still in existence Downtown)

At least they didn’t do what they done in Charlotte which is a crying shame.

raysson commented about Freedom Mall Cinemas on May 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Part of ABC Theatres.

raysson commented about Plaza Twin Theatre on May 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Wasn’t there another movie theater by the Danville-Piedmont Mall that was a six-screen multiplex that was not far from this theater just up the street from Riverside Drive.

raysson commented about Riverside Theatre on May 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

“2010” was the unsuccessful sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science-fiction masterpiece “ 2001”. It was no wonder that Kubrick was furious with MGM after what they did to his beloved film. Kubrick was set to direct the sequel,but was cut in favor of director Peter Hyams.

raysson commented about Riverside Theatre on May 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm


On the marquee from December of 1984,indicating that this was a twin cinema..aka The Riverside Twin.

Screen 1: Roy Schneider and John Lithgow in “ 2010”

Screen 2: Goldie Hawn in “Protocol”.

By 1984,this theater was under Carmike Cinemas.

raysson commented about Riverside Theatre on May 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Any indication on the status of the Riverside Theater.

Did this opened as a single screen cinema?

What year did the Riverside opened? 1967? 1968?

raysson commented about Meroney Theatre on May 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

thornhillstuff: There was also THE ROWAN PLAZA TWIN THEATRES that was located on the opposite side of the city off Statesville Boulevard to opened in 1979 as Salisbury’s first twin cinema,and closed in 2000.

The TERRACE THEATRE(located at TOWNE MALL opened on May 28,1969)closed in 1991.

The SALISBURY MALL CINEMAS located at Salisbury Mall off Statesville Boulevard REALLY brought on the competition and muscled it’s way as the town’s first multiplex cinema that opened in 1986. THE TOWNE THEATRE was reduced to a discount house until it closed in 1988(which was under Carmike Cinemas). THE ROWAN PLAZA TWIN became a discount house under Carmike that year until its demise in 2000.

ALL that would change went Cinemark/Premiere Theatres Group built a huge 14 screen megaplex between Innes Street near Interstate 85 that opened in 2001.

ALL of these theatres are located in the greater SALISBURY/ROWAN COUNTY area. As of this writing, The TERRACE, The ROWAN TWIN, are gone leaving the SALISBURY MALL CINEMAS and the TINSELTOWN 14 as the only movie theatres within the entire town. With the exception of THE MERONEY which has been turned into a community theater.

raysson commented about Joe's Drive-In on May 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Correction: It’s was called THE HITCHING POST DRIVE-IN

NOT The Salisbury Drive-In.

raysson commented about Rowan Plaza Cinemas on May 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Consolidated Theatres was a HUGE movie chain in the Carolinas during the 1970’s and early-1980’s. A lot of great blockbusters played here at the Rowan Plaza Twin. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” played here first-run in 1981.

A lot of the Roger Moore-007 flicks played here as well as an alternative to the other Salisbury movie palaces which were the Center, the Towne Twin(which were located Downtown),and the Terrace(that was on the other side of the city). Movies like “Moonraker”, “For Your Eyes Only”, “Octopussy”, and “A View To A Kill” got first-run billing. Also the Timothy Dalton-007 films played here too.

Carmike took over the operations of the Rowan Plaza Twin in the mid-1980’s after it bought out Consolidated Theatres and also Stewart and Everett. It also had stiff competition from nearby Salisbury Mall Cinemas that opened in 1986 as the town’s first-ever multiplex theatre(a six-screen operation). That put this theatre under stress as it when from showing first-run films to second-run features and occasional “B” movies at discount prices under Carmike Cinemas. It was Carmike that basically closed this theatre in 2000.

raysson commented about Broadway Theatre on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

This was also a grindhouse cinema that specialized in a variety of “B” movies too. All that would change by the early-1970’s when this theater went from showing “B” movies to “XXX” rated adult films. It remained that way until it’s closing in 1979.

raysson commented about Miracle Theater on May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

By the mid-1970’s,this theater went from showing first-run features to second-run films and “B” movies in order to keep afloat(most of them grindhouse, kung-fu, and blaxploitation films,and the occasional “XXX” rated midnight showings on Friday and Saturday nights). It remained that way until the theater’s closing in 1982. It has since been demolished.

raysson commented about Carmike Cardinal Cinemas I-II-III on May 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

The Premiere Attraction for the Cardinal Theater’s grand opening in 1971 “SKIN GAME” was gone within a week. This was a horrible way to open a movie with one of the worst James Garner films ever made.

The Following Week,it was definitely replaced by a slew of exclusive engagement MGM Classics(all were presented in 70MM)from “Doctor Zhivago” to “Ben-Hur”, “ 2001”, and “Gone With The Wind”.

raysson commented about University Plaza 1 & 2 on May 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

WILD is an understatement for this theatre!

Steven Spielburg’s “E.T.” got the exclusive engagement showing at this theatre on June 11,1982. It was the only theatre within the entire town of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County where it played!

raysson commented about University Plaza 1 & 2 on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Wild is an understatement for this theatre. A lot of hardcore flicks played here…from “Boyz In The Hood”,to “New Jack City”, “Friday”, “Menace II Society”,and “Set It Off”.

raysson commented about University Plaza 1 & 2 on May 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm


1974-1986 Stewart and Everett Corporation

1986-2000 Carmike Cinemas

raysson commented about Ambassador Theatre on May 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Did PLANET OF THE APES played here too?

raysson commented about Parkview Twin Theatres on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

It opened in 1972 as a single screen theater with a seating capacity of 700. By mid-1974,it was twinned by splitting the original auditorium into two sections making for shoebox size auditoriums with smaller screens.