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Drive-In 54, Kris4077, and jrwoman 10:
The ONLY outdoor drive-in still in operation in the Triangle is in Henderson at the Raleigh Road Drive-In.
Sad but true if you want to drive that far to see a movie at bargain prices.
And the sadder part is that section of North Durham is a wasteland. Nothing.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC-The Reserved Seat Engagements
This was also under the Eastern Federal Theatre chain.
3 Screens with 1,100 seats. Closed in 2000 as a second-run discount theatre under Carmike, and was demolished in 2001 to make way for the Dillard’s wing expansion of the Independence Mall.
A Kroger Fuel Center now sits where the former Riverview Cinema once stood. The cinema opened in 1972 as a single screener and closed in 1995. It was demolished in 2002.
Theater was demolished in 2002 to make way for the expansion project of the Four Seasons Mall. In 2007, a newer, flashier, state of the art 18-screen stadium seating megaplex opened off High Point Road just a mile from the Four Seasons Mall near Interstate 40.
This theater has been demolished. A Walgreens and other speciality stores now sits where the movie theater once was.
I’m conducting research information on this theatre which to my opinion opened way before 1990. According to sources,this cinema opened under a different chain.
1967-1971 Wilby-Kincey Theatres
1971-1979 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1979-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres
1986-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Theatres
1991-1998 Carmike Cinemas
Closed on January 23, 1998 under Carmike Cinemas as the Mall Twin Theatres.
This theater does BIG business and it is one of three Carmike Cinemas in Raleigh besides the Blue Ridge 14 and the Park Place 16 in Morrisville.
The Carmike 15 also has special late shows on Friday and Saturdays.
MPol:There was a CINERAMA theater in North Carolina that also have a ton of reserved seat engagement showings during the 1950’s and 1960’s.Charlotte: Carolina Theater
“STAR WARS” played here first-run on July 8, 1977.
Opened as the Plaza Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart Everett
on November 21, 1972……….
OPENING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE CINEMA TWIN’S GRAND OPENING
CINEMA 1- Peter Sellers in “WHERE DOES IT HURT?”
CINEMA 2- Goldie Hawn in “BUTTERFILES ARE FREE”
THE COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE PLAZA CINEMA 1 & 2:
George C. Scott in “THE NEW CENTURIONS”–
Barbara Streisand in William Wyler’s “FUNNY GIRL”
Marlon Brando in “THE GODFATHER”
Clint Eastwood as “JOE KIDD”
Charles Bronson in “THE VALACHI PAPERS”
And the BIG ONE for 1972….“THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE”
Closed its doors on Thursday October 17, 2002. This information will be updated.
Carmike Cinemas renamed it the Independence Cinema 3
Carmike Cinemas also renamed it the Oleander Twin.
Peter Hyams “2010” was one of the only 70mm-6 track Dolby Stereo presentations in the Carolinas that opened in December 1984 at this theater.
The Cameron Village Theater got a lot of the movies made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia, Disney and Universal. During the 60’s a ton of the Elvis Presley films made by MGM played here first-run.
The theater once stood where K&W Cafeteria is located now. Information regarding this theater should be revised as “closed”, “demolished”, “750 seats”
William Wyler’s BEN-HUR played here as a reserved seat engagement at Raleigh’s Cameron Village Theater on August 10, 1960 for its Eastern North Carolina premiere event.
The other reserved seat engagement in the Carolinas played at Charlotte’s Plaza Theater on June 10, 1960 as the reserved seat engagement showing.
Raleigh and Charlotte were the only two cities in the state that presented BEN-HUR as a roadshow engagement.
Other cities didn’t get the film until late-1960 or early-1961 as a general release even though it was originally released in 1959.
King of Film:
Mission Valley had a 70mm print of RETURN OF THE JEDI but was absent from the 70mm, 6 track Dolby Stereo presentations in the Raleigh area. Only Charlotte and Winston-Salem were the only theaters that presented JEDI in 70mm, 6 track Dolby Stereo…..
See the website digitalbits for further information:
The 70mm,6 track DOBLY STEREO presentations of JEDI:
Charlotte: Park Terrace
Owned and operated by Piedmont Amusements/Multi-Cinema corporation which specializes in showing second-run films at discount prices. Multi-Cinema owned and operated several discount moviehouses in both North and South Carolina and Southeastern Virginia.
By the mid to late 1990’s the theater faced stiff competition with nearby Carolina Mall Cinemas and the flashier,larger behemoth megaplex that was Concord Mills that opened in the late-1990’s that put this second-run cinema on the edge of closing but it remained in business due to its showing of second-run films at bargain prices. The final picture show for the Clear Springs Cinema 6 came in 2001 closing its doors forever.
Opened on May 9, 1997 with Tim Allen in Jungle 2 Jungle
On May 23, 1997 the Wynnsong Cinemas were playing Steven Spielburg’s JURASSIC PARK:THE LOST WORLD in THX and Dolby Digital on 3 screens!!!