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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.
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
The Beatles' “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT” played here first-run at Fayetteville’s Miracle Theatre on August 20,1964.
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT played here first-run at Raleigh’s State Theatre on August 16,1964.
Should be read as closed demolished 1,600 seats.
The largest auditorium seats 500.
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.
Martin Theatres also owned and operated the Cinema II at Northgate Plaza. And the Sunset Theatre Downtown Asheboro.
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”
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.
Previously Operated under:
This was the theatre that replaced the Hanes Mall Cinema IV, and the Thruway Twin Theatres.
should be headed as 2,100 seats
should be headed as 1,700 seats
Seating capacity should be 2,400
2006-2010 Phoenix Entertainment Group
2010-Present East Coast Entertainment
Seating capacity should be 1,700
Should be read as 21 screens with a seating capacity of 3,840
Seating capacity was 1,700
Closed in October of 2001.
Seating capacity was 3,480
The Movies at Randolph Mall was the demise of the CINEMA II leaving a gap in the entertainment market for Asheboro and surrounding areas.
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.
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
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.
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?