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“Booker-T” was a chain of movie houses in North Carolina that catered to African Americans from the 1930’s until the mid-1960’s. Some of these theatres closed during the mid-1950’s,but some remained opened until the mid-1960’s when North Carolina was segregated and where blacks couldn’t go at that time.
The “Booker T” chain also operated area Drive-In’s too that catered to African Americans and other minorities.
“JAWS”-played here in 1975
“STAR WARS”-played here in July of 1977
When the Taylor was a single screen theatre.
It wasn’t until the late-1970’s(probably 1978 or 1979)
when the Taylor became a twin cinema.
Segregated Theatres as well as Drive-In’s were outlawed in North Carolina by 1964,the same year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law The Civil Rights Act,which prohibited discrimination against minorities in public places. But you still had the ugly head of Jim Crow turning up in other parts of the state,especially in small towns where segregation still lingered…..during the year of 1964.
To DFC’s comment:
By 1964 with the signing of the Civil Rights Act,a lot of these theatres were desegregated,but at the same time there were a lot of places in North Carolina and in several towns in the South that were still under the scrunity of Jim Crow which continued onward into the early 1970’s,when some Southern towns were still under the influence of not letting people of color enter into some facilities,six years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The state outlawed segregated theatres in most of the larger cities in North Carolina,which went into effect until 1963 in some cases until early 1964. But in the small towns like Rocky Mount,it didn’t come until 1964,the same year The “Booker-T” closed its doors.
In North Carolina,there were several black-owned movie houses that had the name “Booker-T”,that catered to African American audiences. There were “Booker-T” theatres all over the state and in cities like Durham,
Rocky Mount,Goldsboro,Raleigh,Charlotte and Winston-Salem just to name a few. During the era of segregation,not only you saw movie theaters that catered to blacks,but also you had drive-in theatres that were also segregated as well. It’s not mentioned here,but blacks in North Carolina had there own drive-in theatres within the state,and there were several that were in Durham,Goldsboro,Gastonia,and Greensboro to name a few that catered to black audiences at the height of the Jim Crow South between the 1930’s all the way up to the mid-to-late 1960’s.
I remember this theatre located on the Northern end of Durham off Highway 501 back in the day.
A lot of blaxploitation and anything that was under the sun when it came to “B” movies,kung-fu,and the like. I remember seeing THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY playing here in August of 1979.
Brynn Marr opened in 1975 as a twin cinema operated by Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. By 1986,Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Brynn Marr(when it was still a twin cinema),and around that time construction began on a third auditorium. What they did was take the auditorium in Screen 1 and split in down the middle,adding shoebox size auditoriums with smaller screens,making it a three screen cinema. The Brynn Marr continue onward during the late-1980’s and early 1990’s showing first-run films. By the mid-1990’s it became Jacksonville’s only discount movie house,showing second run films at bargain prices.
It remained that way,until the cinema’s closing in June of 2003 when it was last operated by Carmike Cinemas.
Durham had two theatres in the area that catered to “black-oriented” films,and I know cause I used to attend them.
The Riverview Cinema(aka The Riverview Twin)which is listed on the “cinema treasures” site catered to blaxploitation and kung-fu flicks as well as second-run films and the occasional “B” movies that played here. I remember this theatre had a triple feature,I mean three BIG BAD movies on one show with special admission…this theatre played not only the “SHAFT” films,but all of the “SLAUGHTER” films too….All the Pam Grier films,and All the Fred Williamson films too when it was a single screen theatre from 1970 until 1987.
By 1987,the original auditorium was split in two creating two shoeboxed auditoriums with smaller screens until its closing in 1995.
The Carmike 7 catered to some of these movies and more. I do remember seeing “MENACE II SOCIETY”, “JASON’S LYRIC”, “LIFE”,
“IT’S THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE”, “DEAD PRESIDENTS”,
“THE NUTTY PROFESSOR”(Eddie Murphy),“MONSTER’S BALL” (Halle Berry),
“STATE PROPERTY”(Beanie Siegel),“BELLY”(Nas and DMX),“DIE HARD III”,
“THE PLAYER’S BALL”(Ice Cube),“ROMEO MUST DIE”(Jet Li and DMX),and so many more. The Carmike 7 was also the exclusive engagement of its showing of “ASUNDER”,and “TROIS:CHAPTER II”. The theatre closed its doors in 2004.
“Star Wars” during its North Carolina engagement,did not play at the Cardinal Theatre in 1977. “Star Wars” however played during its engagement at the Cross Creek Mall Cinemas in June,1977 . Cross Creek Mall was part of General Cinema Theatres. In June of 1977,“Star Wars” played as an exclusive engagement in these North Carolina cities of Fayetteville,Greensboro,Asheville and Winston-Salem. Repeat: It did not play at the Cardinal Theatre.
“The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi”,did not play at the Cardinal. Both movies during their theatrical run,played at the Bordeaux Cinemas during their Fayetteville engagement.
All that would change during the early 1970’s,when the Terrace added on a second auditorium,making it a twin cinema.
Located behind Sears in the back of the shopping center off Independence Boulevard at Oleander Drive.
Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE also played here.
But it was NOT one of the three theatres in North Carolina that showed it as an exclusive engagement showings. It did played here until January 17,1986.
The exclusive engagement showing of THE COLOR PURPLE
were in Raleigh,Charlotte and Greensboro only.
Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE was one of three theatres in North Carolina that was given the exclusive engagement showings when it opened on December 20,1985 at the Park Terrace Theatre(when it was a three-screen cinema…the movie was shown on its huge auditorium with full widescreen projection).
Other cities in North Carolina that got the exclusive engagement run were in these cities:
-Raleigh (Valley Twin)
The Capri Theatre was home to exclusive engagement showings of select films that made their North Carolina premieres here. Among them were the following:
“My Fair Lady"
"Throughly Modern Millie”
The Janus was one of three theatres in North Carolina that had the exclusive North Carolina engagement showing of Steven Spielburg’s 1985 film THE COLOR PURPLE that opened on December 20,1985. The other locations were in Raleigh and Charlotte.
Chuck1231 and MikeRogers:
I’m doing extensive research on this to why WEST SIDE STORY didn’t come to Charlotte until 1962. Charlotte was the first to book the movie as an exclusive enagement showing on June 23,1962. Other cities within the Carolinas didn’t get the film until July or August of 1962,since the film was originally released in 1961.
Wait a minute….MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN was rated M?
I thought it was a family film so the MPAA rating on this was G for General Audiences. It was a kids movie.
M was for Mature Audiences-Parental Guidance Suggested
OR Parental Discretion is Strongly Advised
Did you know that a local television station is right next door to Mission Valley facing the intersections of Western Boulevard and Avent Ferry Roads?
WRAL-TV,Channel 5 of Raleigh is right next door to Mission Valley.
WOW!!! What a marvel of architecture.
Granville County had two operating indoor movie theatres…The Granville Theatre was located in the heart of Downtown Creedmoor on Main Street. The other was the Orpehum Theatre in Downtown Oxford.
The exclusive NORTH CAROLINA showing of “WEST SIDE STORY” was a exclusive advance enagement at the Dilworth Theatre on June 23,1962 where it played to capacity crowds. Not only did WEST SIDE STORY played here but the exclusive run of CLEOPATRA broke all Charlotte attendance records during its run at the Dilworth in 1963.
The IMAX Experience at Southpoint Mall Cinemas is scheduled to open on March or April…maybe April 1, 2011.
Will reopen on Tuesday February 1, 2011
The IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum is closed to the public for extensive renovations including new projection and update equipment.
It closed its doors on January 8, 2011,and will reopen in mid-February.
I saw Billy Jack here,during its re-release.
This is scheduled to open either before the weekend of Easter or around Memorial Day.
Among the movies scheduled to be played in the new theatre will be recent blockbusters as well as standard Hollywood classics that will get the IMAX treatment.