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raysson commented about Center Theater on Jun 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

Artman: The Center Theatre in Downtown Albemarle remained opened until 1982. The opening of the Eastgate Cinemas was the demise of the Center’s closing and downtown’s only moviehouse to that time. The Stanly was burned to the ground in the late-1930’s and was rebuilt and reopened during the 1940’s as the Center Theatre. The Center Theatre was Albemarle’s only first-run cinema and it stayed in business throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and all the way toward the early-1980’s until it closed. By the late-1970’s Stewart & Everett(which operated this theatre)turned the Center Theatre into a second-run discount house until it closed.

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raysson commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

skeeter81:

The first X-Rated movie that ever played at Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre was Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” that was released in early-1972.

Information regarding this theatre will be revised and updated very soon. By the way, I have found the original ad for the opening of Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre and will be revised with new information. If you need to see the original ad scans I do have them. E-Mail me at

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raysson commented about Miracle Theater on Jun 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

The Beatles' “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT” played here first-run at Fayetteville’s Miracle Theatre on August 20,1964.

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raysson commented about State Theatre on Jun 27, 2014 at 9:44 am

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT played here first-run at Raleigh’s State Theatre on August 16,1964.

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raysson commented about Galaxy Cinemas on Jun 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Should be read as closed demolished 1,600 seats.

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm

The largest auditorium seats 500.

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raysson commented about Cinema Twin Theatres on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

From Mike Rogers' comment: Asheboro is a pretty decent size town and don’t see why a mom and pop operation couldn’t have stayed opened as a second run discount house like the Cinema II. However,the demise of the Cinema II’s closing in 1995 was the opening of a newer and flashier state of the art five screen multiplex at Randolph Mall that opened in the mid-1980’s. Carmike Cinemas put the Cinema II from a first-run theatre into the second run discount house by letting go downhill turning moviegoers from this theatre over to the state of the art Cinemas at Randolph Mall. Carmike Cinemas let this theatre go completely downhill and basically ran Asheboro’s only twin cinema down into the ground. Carmike has had a steady record of destroying good movie theatres and to make a sadder point a lot of good multiplexes too. From what others have experienced,I’m not in the theatre business,but from what I’ve seen from the butchering of cinemas from this theatre chain,they’re certainly not professional. Carmike is the YUGO of theatre chains!!! They’re certainly not like the pros like AMC Theatres, Cinemark,ABC Southeastern Theatres,Plitt,Martin,not to mention General Cinema and Lowes Theatres.

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raysson commented about Sunset Theater on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Martin Theatres also owned and operated the Cinema II at Northgate Plaza. And the Sunset Theatre Downtown Asheboro.

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

NOW SHOWING AT THE MISSION VALLEY CINEMA I & II For June 4,1982

CINEMA I-“STAR TREK II:THE WRATH OF KAHN”-Dolby Stereo

CINEMA II-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in “ANNIE”

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

TOP GUN upon its opening at the Mission Valley Cinemas was the one of two theatres in the state that had the 70mm-6 Track Dolby Stereo presentations on May 16,1986. The other 70mm presentation was at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre. Greensboro and Winston-Salem were absent from the 70mm presentations of TOP GUN.

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raysson commented about Sunset Theater on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Previously Operated under:

Consolidated Theatres

Martin Theatres

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raysson commented about Carmike Wynnsong Cinemas 12 on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

This was the theatre that replaced the Hanes Mall Cinema IV, and the Thruway Twin Theatres.

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raysson commented about Carmike Wynnsong Cinemas 12 on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

should be headed as 2,100 seats

12 screens

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinemas 10 on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

should be headed as 1,700 seats

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raysson commented about Carmike Wynnsong Cinemas 15 on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Seating capacity should be 2,400

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raysson commented about Stadium 10 at Northgate on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

THEATRE HISTORY:

2006-2010 Phoenix Entertainment Group

2010-Present East Coast Entertainment

Seating capacity should be 1,700

10 Screens

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raysson commented about Regal Crossroads Stadium 20 and IMAX on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Should be read as 21 screens with a seating capacity of 3,840

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raysson commented about Cinemark Brassfield Cinemas 10 on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Seating capacity was 1,700

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raysson commented about GC Four Seasons Mall Cinemas I-IV on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Closed in October of 2001.

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raysson commented about Grand 18 at Four Seasons Station on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

Seating capacity was 3,480

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raysson commented about Cinema Twin Theatres on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

The Movies at Randolph Mall was the demise of the CINEMA II leaving a gap in the entertainment market for Asheboro and surrounding areas.

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raysson commented about Cinema Twin Theatres on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

Opened as the Cinema II on June 8,1972 as a 500-seat single screen theatre as Asheboro’s modern entertainment cinema with the grand opening attraction of John Wayne in “The Cowboys”. Owned and operated under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment Group.

The coming attractions for the CINEMA II were……

Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER

Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall in JOE KIDD

Was twinned in 1975 under Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment when the CINEMA II was split into two sections seating 250 seats each. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1982 from Martin Theatres until its closing in 1995 when Carmike turned the CINEMA II into a second run discount house.

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raysson commented about Winston Grand Stadium 18 & IMAX on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

The information regarding this theatre has been revised. It is under the title the Winston Grande Stadium 18 & IMAX. This needs to be changed because it is a duplicate copy and the new information has been posted for the Cinema Treasures site. Thank you. I have the original ads for the grand opening of the Grande Stadium 18. E-mail is at

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raysson commented about Carmike Mall Cinema Twin on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

I passed through Kinston’s Vernon Park Mall not too long ago and it seems to me that it has become a ghost mall now that JCPenney(formerly Penney’s)is gone and the only two stores that have remained are anchors Belk and Goody’s,not to mention the Sears Hometown store. At one time,Vernon Park Mall was one of the most popular indoor shopping centers in Eastern North Carolina,and today it is totally dying. I would love to see this popular mall get a total remodeling as it desperately needs one. They can do a fabulous reconstruction of this mall(just like they did with Raleigh’s North Hills)where they demolished half the sections while leaving one anchor store there(like they’re about to do with Belk). I would love to see the vast improvements on its plaza side too. Let’s make sure that greedy corporates in management don’t turn Vernon Park Mall into some high class clientele establishment like they did with Chapel Hill’s University Mall.

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raysson commented about Carmike Biltmore Twin Theatres on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

OMG…..“Rabbit Test” played here first-run????? The film debut of Billy Crystal and the worst Joan Rivers movie ever made! Who told her that she was a first-rate director for Hollywood?