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I have the ads for the showing of WEST SIDE STORY at the Dilworth Theatre in June of 1962. I also had the pleasure of finding the ads for the roadshow engagement of CLEOPATRA too. I will post them later.
A lot of great movies played here at the CENTER….
Not only did the “The Sound of Music” played here during its exclusive engagement,but films like “PATTON”,“THE FRENCH CONNECTION”,“DIRTY HARRY”,“THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK”,“THE RETURN OF THE JEDI”,“GANDHI”,“REDS”,and the re-releases of “BEN-HUR”,“MY FAIR LADY”,“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”,and “DOCTOR ZHIVAGO” brought in record crowds.I got to see “THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE”,and “THE TOWERING INFERNO” where it played at the CENTER. A lot of blaxploitation flicks played here as well…from “COFFY”,to “SLAUGHTER”,and even “SUPER FLY” and to the others like “NEW JACK CITY”,and “BOYZ IN THE HOOD” brought in massive crowds. Its best films played during the 1970’s in its largest auditorium until the 1983,when the theatre was split down the middle giving it a really bad impression to a once great cinema showplace.
The only STAR WARS film that ever played at the Carolina was THE RETURN OF THE JEDI that opened to capacity crowds on May 25, 1983.
As far as the STAR TREK movies went,only the Carolina had “STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE”, “STAR TREK II:THE WRATH OF KHAN”,“STAR TREK III:THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK”.
These were the only STAR TREK films that ever played here at the Carolina Theatre in Chapel Hill.
FYI: If I had the “ad” from the Durham Morning Herald….
A lot of Disney re-releases(most of them Disney cartoons) played here at the South Square Mall Cinemas during the 1980’s and 1990’s
“Lady and the Tramp”
“The Sword In The Stone”
“Song Of The South”–(yes,and it played there for a week in 1986,when their were protests outside the cinema telling people NOT to see this movie and to boycott it!!! Only in Durham and at the height if the X-Mas Season! And this was a Disney flick that they re-released in theatres during the Holidays)
There will a photo of this theatre posted soon. The theatre is still standing,and it looks great in its condition.
The theatre opened as a 800 seat single screen theatre on November 24, 1966(aka The Lakewood Center Theatre)
Expanded a second building in 1971 when it was a twin cinema(aka,The Center I and Center II) the second auditorium opened on October 24, 1971
Became a three screen cinema in 1983,when the original 800 seat auditorium was split down the middle,making two shoebox screens,keeping the second auditorium in tact until 1986.
The second auditorium(that was opened in 1971) was also split down the middle in 1986,making two shoebox auditoriums until its closing in 2001,after more than 35 years serving Durham and Chapel Hill.
Steven Spielburg’s 1981 blockbuster RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK opened at the Four Seasons Mall Cinemas on June 12, 1981.
Complete information is on the Cinema Treasures site….“typed”
RAIDERS in the search box and it give you the complete information of where RAIDERS played first-run in North Carolina. Believe me,I contribute to some of the research along with Michael Coate.
“Hardcore” was Rated “R” and was released by Columbia Pictures.
In 1979,there was no “NC-17”. The MPAA Rating from “X” to “NC-17” came in 1990. I do remember this movie playing in Durham as well at the South Square Mall Cinemas(which was under Cinema National Theatres not General Cinema),which didn’t do well with the audience.Maybe in Greensboro,but not in Durham.
That maybe the Borders where you are at,but here in Chapel Hill,North Carolina,the Borders Bookstore is permanently closed….Borders also had a Borders Express in Chapel Hill’s University Mall,has closed too. There is talks of putting a multiplex there or eother
A movie theater on the site of where Border’s used to be. Interesting. Near 15-501. The nearest multiplexes in all of Chapel Hill are either South of 15-501 in Southern Village(The Lumina),OR on the Northern end of the city off MLK Blvd.(Airport Road)at the Timberlyne Cinemas 6 or The Chelsea 3(which shows independent and foreign films) But another multiplex?
The last theatre that was on that side of Chapel Hill closed in 2003 which was The Village Plaza Cinemas.
But we’ll see.
Chapel Hill,North Carolina
Chapel Hill is also about to take in that concept as well. Carmike Cinemas is in talks of putting a ten-plex on the site of the former Border’s Bookstore at the Intersection of Page Road and Fordham Boulevard(U.S. 15-501)next door to Lowe’s Home Improvement and across from Performance Chevrolet.
I think either Regal Theatres or Galaxy Cinemas Group is also interested in the project as well,since it will be the first on that side of Chapel Hill since the Village Plaza closed in 2003 and was demolished in 2007.
A lot of blaxploitation movies played at the ANSONIA too during the early to mid-1970’s. I fondly remember seeing “DOLEMITE” on the same triple bill as “COOLEY HIGH”,and “CORNBREAD,EARL AND ME”. The following week in July of 1975,the ANSONIA played another double bill
with “THREE THE HARD WAY” and “TRUCK TURNER”.
I was a teenager in 1981 when RAIDERS opened on June 12,1981. But I got the chance to see it during a bargain matinee at Durham’s Northgate Twin Theatre.
Capacity crowds and every seat was filled during the screening of the matinee show. I was blown away!!!
My cousin at the time wanted to see Gary Coleman’s 1981 flop “On The Right Track”,which played on Screen Two. But when it came to RAIDERS,it brought in more crowds at the Northgate than any movie ever!!! When the show was over,and before we got outside…the lines were snaked around the cinema and around the other side of mall. The lines went to one section of the Northgate Mall,to the side of Sears' Department Store. And this was during the matinee!!!! Never seen anything liked it. The last time I saw lines that went out the door and circled the mall were during the screenings of….
“THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES”,“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”,
“SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE”,“E.T.”,“STAR TREK II”,“SCARFACE”,
“BACK TO THE FUTURE”,and “RAMBO:FIRST BLOOD PART II”
all of these movies played at the Northgate Twin Theatres in Durham.
The Summer of 1981…..
“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”,was the overall boxoffice champ that summer. You had also another boxoffice draw that summer of 1981 with…………
“CLASH OF THE TITANS”,“SUPERMAN II”,“ARTHUR”,
“FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”,“HISTORY OF THE WORLD:PART ONE”,
and the Bill Murray comedy “STRIPES”.
There was an ad in the Gastonia newspaper about the showing of Steven Spielburg’s 1982 hit “E.T.” which played here first-run on Friday June 11, 1982. In fact, it also played first-run at the Gaston Mall Theatre so it played in two venues in the Gastonia area.
I remember seeing “E.T.” on the Blue Side,and on the White Side showed “Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan” on June 11, 1982 when the Carolina was a twin cinema with its original lobby entrance.
It was also known as the Fitzgeralds as well(aka The Falls Twin) Opened on Wednesday December 21, 1977 as a twin cinema with the premiere attractions:
SCREEN ONE: “Another Man,Another Chance” with James Caan (Rated PG)
SCREEN TWO: “Semi-Tough” with Burt Reynolds (Rated R)
**Source: The Wednesday December 21, 1977 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer
I saw TOP GUN here at the Park Terrace when it was a Plitt Theatre. The lines the weekend it opened snaked around the corner.
MikeRogers: Tim Mason was also the manager when RETURN OF THE JEDI played here during its run.
Speaking of the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 blockbuster hit TOP GUN, The Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh was the only theatre in the Carolinas that was given the showing in 70MM and 6 Track Dobly Stereo. It opened in general release on May 16, 1986.
**Source: The Friday May 16, 1986 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer.
TOP GUN opened in general release in theatres on Friday May 16,1986. It is my ALL TIME favorite film….the one movie that cemented Tom Cruise as an action star,and launched the careers of Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer,and brought Hollywood one of the greatest actresses ever Kelly McGillis.
I saw it NINE times in the theater where it played at in North Carolina. Twice at the Mission Valley in Raleigh where it was given its only North Carolina Engagement showing in 70MM!
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here when it the Plaza was a twin cinema. It played here on July 8, 1977 and it played here for an astounding six weeks,aka The Plaza Cinema 1 & 2.
REGAL has stripped to the bone all of its megaplexes. Not to mention CARMIKE.
There is also a Kannapolis,North Carolina just outside Concord and about a good 20 minutes from Charlotte and about two hours from Greensboro.
This one is spelled Kanopolis. Never heard of it until now.
The IMAX Experience at Southpoint Mall Cinemas will open on Friday May 20, 2011 with the opening attraction of “Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides” with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
***NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU HAVE TO GO TO RALEIGH OR CARY TO SEE MOVIE IN IMAX….ITS COMING TO DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL. FINALLY THE IMAX EXPERIENCE AT SOUTHPOINT!
A lot of blaxploitation films played here during the 1970’s and early 1980’s when the Riverview Cinema was still a single screen theatre. I remember seeing a lot of movies that played here “MANDINGO”,“FOXY BROWN” &
“COFFY”(basically all of the Pam Grier flicks played here including “FRIDAY FOSTER”,and “SHEBA BABY”),not to mention all of the Fred Williamson flicks also played at capacity crowds. I remember them showing the 1979 Leon Issac Kennedy flick “PENTITENTARY” and its three sequels. For those who may not remember coming to this theatre back in the day..who remembers them playing their all-night marathon of classic blaxploitation films including “SHAFT”,“SUPER FLY”,and
“THE MACK”,& “WILLIE DYNAMITE” all on the same bill.
Not to mention their marathon of martial-arts movies too that were shown during their all-night sessions.
They would played ANYTHING starring Bruce Lee,Bruce Li,
and Sonny Chiba(“THE REVENGE OF THE STREET FIGHTER”)to name a few. Who remembers the Riverview Cinema?