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Carmike’s last day of operating the Golden East 4 was May 1, 2003 (a Thursday). The Cinema Grill opened in December 2003 and was gone by April 2004. Raysson: I had the extreme displeasure of watching “Harry and the Hendersons”…made even worse by watching it at the Plaza Cinema in Greenville – in the middle auditorium (a rotten shoebox with a postage-stamp screen, it was the right half of the original auditorium). From my one time watching a movie at the Golden East 4 (in 2003), it seemed that Carmike had brought in people from the defunct Plaza Cinema 3 in Greenville to run Golden East 4. The Rocky Mount theater was just as run-down as the Greenville shoebox was on its last night of operation (August 6, 1998 – I saw “There’s Something About Mary”). The Cinema Grill concept was too upscale for Rocky Mount; it may have fared better in Greenville at the Carolina East 4, Buccaneer 3 or Park Theater locations. The Golden East should have been converted to a 99-cent second-run house instead; Books-a-Million wound up moving in the vacant theater at Golden East Crossing.
The Premiere 14 (originally 12) in Rocky Mount was UEC’s second location in North Carolina, opening two weeks after the Premiere 7 in Kinston (April 21, 2000). The Premiere 12 in Goldsboro followed in 2009. These three Premiere Theatres in Eastern North Carolina were never part of a chain called Premiere Cinemas.
This theater should be listed as Closed and Demolished.
The owners of the Park Theatre in Kinston were as follows: H.B. Meiselman Theatres, ca. 1951 (opening) through 1968; Eastern Federal Corp., 1969-70; Winyah Bay Theatres, 1970-73; Martin Theatres (Fuqua Industries), 1973-ca. 1981 (closing).
I had my doubts about S&E owning this Park Theatre; I probably confused this with the Park Theatre over in Greenville (which was definitely S&E since 1960, when it was still the State). This Park Theatre in Kinston sold Coca-Cola drinks, whereas S&E Theatres sold Pepsi products. Coca-Cola would be more in line with Martin: both Martin Theatres and Coca-Cola were out of Georgia. As to the Trans-Lux/Plaza Cinema 1, I went there one time only, to see Disney’s “The Rescuers”. I was not impressed with that theater, and neither were my parents – we never went back. If a movie we wanted to see played the Kinston Plaza, we went to Greenville to see it – the Kinston Plaza Cinema made the awful (Pitt) Plaza Cinema 1-2-3 in Greenville look good. The Park Theatre in Kinston was the best movie house in town during the 1970s; the only other Martin Theatre in eastern North Carolina (east of Interstate 95) was the old Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro.
Theater name is now Regal Greenville Grande Stadium 14. Phone is now 252-215-0195.
No progress has been made on the proposed Southeast Cinema on the west side of New Bern as of May 14, 2014 (the project was announced back in September 2012). That cinema will most likely never be built as it is outside of the city limits heading towards Kinston. New Bern’s growth is occuring along US 17 Business South (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) towards Jacksonville and US 70 East towards Havelock. A new cinema for New Bern (which hasn’t had a completely new cinema built there in 40 years) would most likely be built on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. south of US 70 West as this is where all of the major chain stores are located. A location on US 70 East (across the Trent River from downtown) is possible but would put the squeeze on Carmike Cinema 6 in Havelock. For the time being the Bear Town 6 and the Neuse Boulevard 3 cinemas are safe; Southeast Cinemas won’t be building in New Bern anytime soon (if at all).
That should be “comments” not “cooments”
I believe wantsomepopcorn is correct about this theater not being demolished. I have compared aerial views of the Westwood 6 (1993) and the Carmike 12 (2012) and judging from those views the original Westwood 1-2-3 building is still standing and part of the Carmike 12. The aerial views (from Google Earth) seem to prove wantsomepopcorn’s remark that auditoriums 5 and 6 were removed and eight new auditoriums were added to the first four auditoriums. The cooments on this page therefore should be moved to the Carmike 12 Fayetteville page and that theater be given the AKAs Westwood Cinema 1-2-3, Westwood Cinema 4, and Westwood Cinema 6.
This theater may not have been demolished but instead divided into retail shops. The building housing the Glidden Paint store looks like a converted cinema.
The West Park Twin was located in the West Park Shopping Center at US 421 Business West and West Park Drive, just southwest of Wilkes Regional Medical Center. The West Park Twin was located on the empty lot between US 421 Business and the parking lot; the rear of the theater backed up to US 421 Business.
The Air-Vue Drive-In was demolished around 1976, as the Ashley Plaza shopping center opened in 1977.
The location of this drive-in is now occupied by Ashley Plaza (Kmart) shopping center. Status should be Demolished.
I believe the Tennessee Theatre in Nashville was demolished years ago. The above photo looks too new to have been the theater in Nashville. The “retro” marquee is a dead giveaway; it looks different than the marquee that was on the Tennessee in Nashville.
It was indeed opened as a Premiere Cinema; Cinemark took over less than a month after it opened. That Premiere chain had no connection to the Premiere Theatres (UEC Theatres) in Eastern North Carolina.
This theater opened around 1988 as a Litchfield Theatre (I don’t remember if Litchfield ran it as Sedgefield Crossing Cinemas or Litchfield Cinemas). Regal Cinemas took over around 1994 and used the Sedgefield Crossing Cinemas name. This theater is still running, mainly because it is the cheapest movie theater in Greensboro.
This theater has been open since at least 1989, if not earlier. Considering that the Brassfield 10 competes against several megaplexes (Carmike 18, Regal Greensboro Grande 16, Grand 18 near Four Seasons Mall, and the Carousel Grande 20), it’s amazing that Cinemark hasn’t pulled the plug yet.
This was most likely the location of the Trans-Lux Inflight Cine' in Greensboro rather than the location given for the “Greensboro Theater”. The location listed on the Greensboro Theater page is actually that of the Sedgefield Crossing $2 Cinema, which is the only theater ever built at that address. Also, Trans-Lux built all of its North Carolina Inflight Cine’s adjacent to Zayre stores (except Kinston; no Zayre there, Trans-Lux built next to Woolco in that town). The Royal Cine location was still operating as a theater as late as 1990, but under a different name and no longer porn. Newspaper ads from 1989-90 mentioned a discount cinema at High Point and Holden Roads “near Ames” (Ames had bought out Zayre at this time); most likely the Trans-Lux Inflight/Greensboro Theater is the same cinema as the Royal Cine.
AdrianEverett: I couldn’t get your link to work so I searched Pembroke Mall on Google Earth instead. Was the empty, odd-shaped lot on the corner of Jeanne Street and Constitution Drive the site of the Pembroke Mall Ultravision Theatres?
This theater should be listed as Westchester Cinemas (without the word “Mall”), as it was not at Westchester Mall. The Martin Twin was actually the closest cinema to Westchester Mall.
If this was never a Jerry Lewis franchise then that company never entered North Carolina. The only mini-cinema chain in North Carolina I am aware of was the Trans-Lux Inflight Cine' chain, which built its first NC location in Kinston (originally single-screen, it is listed on CT as Plaza Cinema Twin). Others followed in Kannapolis, Charlotte, Burlington, Greensboro and High Point. The dedicated mini-cinema chains such as Jerry Lewis, Trans-Lux Inflight Cine' and whatever company the Six Forks Cinema was to affiliate with were on the ropes by 1972, as the established chains started building mini-twins of their own. The fact that this cinema ever opened, let alone is still operating as a cinema over forty years later, is amazing. Most other mini-cinemas from the late 1960s-early 1970s closed down decades ago when the multiplexes crowded them out; many mini-cinemas (including all NC Trans-Lux Inflight Cine’s except Kinston) became porn theaters at some point in their existence. The Six Forks Cinema/Terrace Twin/Colony Twin never to my knowledge operated as a pornhouse, although some X-rated films may have been shown there.
Did this theater end up a Carmike like the Charleston, SC Ultravision Theatre (that one ended up a 4-screen)? Carmike pretty much owns all the theaters in Columbus (except the pornhouse), its (and predecessor Martin Theatres') headquarters city. It wouldn’t surprise me if Carmike ran this one into the ground as they did with many other ex-ABC/Plitt/Cineplex Odeon cinemas in the Southeast.
If the address listed above is correct then the James Theater has been demolished. However, there is a building on the southwest corner of South James and West Spruce Streets (301 South James?) that looks like it could have been a movie theater at one time.
This was the last locally owned and operated cinema in the Greenville area. It went out of business in September 1986 after the drive-in season ended.
The closing of the 264 Playhouse Theatre marked the beginning of the decline of movie theater competition in the Greenville, NC area. Both the 264 Playhouse and the Tice Drive-In theaters closed in 1986, eliminating independently owned cinemas from Greenville and Pitt County to this day. Shortly afterward Carmike Cinemas acquired Stewart & Everett Theatres (Plaza Cinema 1-2-3 and Park Theatre); by 1990 Carmike owned every operating movie theater in Pitt County and would close every one of them by 2001 after opening their 12-screen in 1998. The Carmike 12 was the only operating movie theater in Pitt County from 2001 until 2007 (excluding East Carolina University’s Hendrix Theater; that was open to the public only for live shows, films there were/are for students only). Closing the local pornhouse began a domino effect on the local cinema business ultimately ending in total monopoly (until Consolidated’s – now Regal’s – Greenville Grande 14 opened in 2007).