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Speaking of the Superhero movies of the decade…..I’m surprised that G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS aren’t on the list……And coming soon……“Wonder Woman”, “Captain America”,“Thor”,not to mention Hanna-Barbera toons of the 60’s and 70’s turned into live-action motion pictures: “The Herculoids”,along with “Jonny Quest”,and “Space Ghost” are coming to a big screen near you!
COMING: “Thundercats”, “M.A.S.K.”, “He-Man And The Masters of the Universe”,and the live-action version of “Thundarr The Barbarian”.
Two of the biggest science fiction films were released in 1979:
THE ORIGINAL STAR TREK MOVIE (12-08-1979)
DISNEY’S THE BLACK HOLE (12-14-79)
In North Carolina…the movie was showed on widescreen in various theatres:
Imperial Theatres I-II-III-IV
Carolina Blue and White Theatres
Yorktowne Theatres I & II
Town and Country Theatres I & II
A lot of adult films played here at the Riverview Cinema,when it was a single screen theatre…..
“The Devil In Miss Jones”,and a XXX-rated movie called “Lilah” ran for a limited enagement during its run at the Riverview Cinema.
Most of the adult films would be offered as part of the theatre’s Businessmen’s Lunch Special and during its Midnight Showings under tight security during the 1970’s and early 1980’s when it was just a single screen cinema.
All of that change in 1986,when the Riverview Cinema was converted into a twin theatre.
The last picture show that played at the Riverview Cinema when it was a single screen theatre back in 1986 was an Eddie Murphy flick called “The Golden Child”,and for the midnight show was an adult flick starring either Seka or Annette Haven that was under tight security. After that,it was twinned until its closing in 1995.
Other theatre chains like some of these independent art houses sell alcoholic beverages to those under 18 years of age. But the prices these days…….outrageous in some of these megaplexes!!! A popcorn and drink is at $6.00 and a small thing of candy is around $4.00???
Its no wonder that you paid over $10.00 for the movie and another $8.00 for concessions. No wonder people are sneaking in their own food. At one time,folks were sneaking in bags of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Hamburgers from the local Hardees. They still do at the local drive-in.
By the way,if AMC and Regal are banning outside food from theatres,other megaplex chains like Carmike and Edwards Theatres are following suit. Instead of banning outside food….Let’s start banning those individuals who during a movie are texting their friends and calling folks on a cell phone….it really pisses me off when during a movie that you paid over $10 for and the person sitting next to you has a cell phone ringing during the show.
No matter how much hype this is going to be…AVATAR is not going to be the blockbuster that TITANIC was……
But you’ll never know…..probably smash boxoffice records…..opening day
In North Carolina…exclusive enagements of THE WIZARD OF OZ will opened for a limited showing in two cities on November 27, 2009.
CHARLOTTE: Ballentine Village
CHAPEL HILL: Varsity Theatre
The original STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE had its World North American Premiere at the MacArthur Theatre. The film was shown in 70mm-6 Track Dobly Stereo. The premiere of this movie was in November before everyone else got to check it out nationally on December 7, 1979.
Other Premiere Enagements were in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.
The network television premiere of BEN-HUR was broadcast on CBS-TV as a special presentation in April of 1971. It was a massive ratings hit and it was so popular that CBS continue to show BEN-HUR
on an annual basis until 1976. However,when it was shown on television,only several scenes were edited for broadcast.
The same could be said when the CBS Television Network continue to run classic MGM movies like
THE WIZARD OF OZ and GONE WITH THE WIND on a annual basis with several scenes that were deleted for broadcast during the 1970’s and the early 1980’s.
The trend of going to the movies is about to become reality……
REASON: The way prices these days for going to a show is RIDICIOUS!!!!
$10.00 for admission and an additional $6.00 for popcorn and drinks??????
I remember back in the day when a bargain matinee was around $3.00 and the evening admission was no more than $6.00….and a thing of popcorn was less than $2.00!!!
“Ben-Hur” was re-released in February of 1969. It was also reissued back in theatres as a re-release in selected theatres during part of the 1970’s and 1980’s.(reissue in 1972, 1979, 1980, and 1989).
These were exclusive roadshow enagements during its re-release,but it didn’t come anywhere close to its reissue of “Gone With The Wind” in 1967 and none of the impact when MGM also reissue “2001” in early 1970,and again in 1975 and 1980.
The Grand Theatres are located in North Carolina in the areas of:
Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, and Asheville.
Consolidated Theatres operated single screen and twin cinemas during the early 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s in several Atlantic coast states ranging from the Carolinas to Georgia. It continued that streak when the rise of the megaplexes began to converge throughout the 1980’s all the way into the 1990’s and 2000' in several Southeastern Atlantic coast states all the way from Delaware to Georgia and also its expansion into Florida.
All that change recently when Knoxville Tennessee based Regal Cinemas took over several cinemas that were under operation from Consolidated Theatres. Today,Consolidated Theatres folded operations and has been taken over by Stone Theatres Group,based out of Charlotte.
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here at the Varsity on July 1, 1977 for six weeks. When the Varsity was a single screen theatre.
Theater will reopen as a single screen theatre.
My aunt lived not far from the Iverson Mall and the local theatre.
Also known as the Marlow Heights Theatre. The cinema was located on Branch Avenue right next door from the Iverson Mall. The Iverson Mall,was anchored by three department store(at one time was Woodard and Lothrop,along with Montgomery Ward and JC Penney).The mall was not far the Southeast community of D.C. just a tab from borderline between the city limits of The District of Columbia and the Maryland state line. The Iverson Mall was located on the Maryland line.
I also heard that the other attractions coming to the Varsity,will be classics ranging for “The Wizard of Oz”,to “Casablanca”,not to mention other favorites like “Some Like It Hot”, “Citizen Kane”,
“The Graduate”,and many,many more.
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here at the Flick Theatre on July 1, 1977.
And give count of how many kids will cut class to go the movies…..or do something that is unthinkable.
For the writer who posted this comment:
Correction: You labeled in the writing Chapel Hill,SC.
It’s suppose to be Chapel Hill, NC. Just to let you know.
The Varsity is scheduled to reopen on November 9,2009.
The owners under new management,will show mainstream films as well as classic movies. However,since the Varsity was known for independent and foreign films,it will occasionally showed them at reduced prices…..
It will operate as a single screen theatre,with a conference area for lectures and a children’s center.
Neat,don’t you think?
The cinema was next to a record store in the Richmond Plaza which was at the time anchored by a major grocery store chain(Big Star/Colonial and later on Bi-Lo),and two major department stores(JC Penney and Belk)
and specialty stores and shops. When it opened to the public in 1966,it was one long strip of shopping centers in the entire county.
Check out the 1961 thriller Mr. Sardontics too where the audience was given a card to vote whether the villain would live(thumbs up),or suffer at the hands of his own fate(thumbs down).
I know some of you have seen all of William Castle’s movies,but wasn’t there a gimmick for a promotional theatrical trailer of his 1965 horror classic “I Saw What You Did!”,where the gimmick was during the theatrical trailer where the audience was given seat belts during the picture for their own safety where the audience fastened them during several scenes of the picture?
I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty also when it was reissued for its exclusive 70mm-6 track Dobly Stereo enagement when it played in Washington,DC at the Uptown Theatre back in the late 1980’s and 1990’s.