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I went to the Chelsea in 1999 to see “The Blair Witch Project” which played on two screens to capacity crowds. The service and projection was excellent since the movie was being shown in a very “tiny” auditorium,about the size of an classroom. Went back again in 2001 to see “Hedwig And the Angry Inch” in the same auditorium that was about the size of a classroom but the projection and quality were very good. But I had to experience seeing “Hedwig” again at a real movie theater(Raleigh’s Colony 1 & 2). I’m amazed that the Chelsea has outlasted three downtown Chapel Hill theaters(The Carolina Theatre, The Varsity 1 & 2,and the Ram Triple at NCNB Plaza)every since its official opening in 1990. A lot of first-run independent films played here as well as documentaries and foreign releases as well as vintage Hollywood classics. Movies like “The Kids Are Alright”,“Sicko”,“Submarine”,“Tiny Furniture”,to “Talk To Me”,“Boyz In The Hood”,“Menace II Society” and even “Dead Presidents” and “The Melvin Van Peebles Story” to hard-hitting documentaries like “Bully”,“Blackfish”,“Bowling for Columbine”,and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” brought in capacity crowds for a cinema that size. Not to mention that it is very close to Regal’s Timberlyne 6(although the two theaters have different audiences)which is across the street from the Timberlyne Shopping Center off Banks Drive.
Seating capacity for this theatre was at 2,230.
Opened on August 16,1995 as a discount movie theatre under Cinemark.
Multi-Cinemas corporation was basically a separate entity from American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres).
Multi-Cinemas based in Charlotte was a subsidiary with Consolidated Theatres,also based in Charlotte.
Multi-Cinemas at one time not only operated the Tryon Mall,but also the Queen Park Cinemas on South Blvd.,
and the University Place Cinemas 6. During the mid-1980’s,the Tryon Mall became a second-run discount house under Multi-Cinemas,while The Queen Park and the University Place were first-run movie houses until the mid-1990’s when the Tryon Mall closed and the Queen Park and University Place became second-run theatres.
For the record,
Plitt Southern Theatres closed the Tryon Mall 4 in 1984. Multi-Cinemas took over the operations of the Tryon Mall that same year when they turned this cinema into a second-run discount movie house with reduced admission until its closing in 1996.
Cineplex Odeon NEVER operated this theatre. Plitt closed it before long Cineplex Odeon was about to take over the remaining Plitt Theatres in the greater Charlotte area including the Park Terrace.
MATTHEWS FESTIVAL TEN CINEMAS
Address: 10498 East Independence Boulevard
Matthews, NC 28105
This multiplex opened to the public on July 17,1987
under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1990 when they bought out all of the Cineplex Odeon’s North Carolina theatres. Carmike Cinemas was the last chain to operate this theatre until its closing in 1995.
Once this theatre opens in January of 2015,it will offer a new and exciting venue for the movie going public in the Triangle. It will also muscle in on the stiff competition with the movie-going public against the heavy-hitters like AMC’s Southpoint Mall Cinemas and Regal’s Timberlyne 6,not to mention up the road at Carmike’s Wynnsong Cinemas 15 for the battle of the movie-going public. Not only will it get the first-run blockbusters but also it will take a lot of the foreign and independent films too which mostly the Chelsea gets in Northern Chapel Hill.
It will be the first multiplex to be established in Chapel Hill since the opening of the Lumina Theatres at Southern Village in 2000,and the first since the closing of the Village Plaza Theatres off Elliott Road which closed in 2003.
The new multiplex may have a greater impact on the Chelsea Theatre which is across the street over at Timberlyne Shopping Center off Weaver Dairy Road. Not to mention in the article(11-19-13 Raleigh News and Observer) that this multiplex will play its share of independent and foreign films that usually get first-billing at the Chelsea.
But since you were saying that this theater’s days are numbered,the Timberlyne 6 opened in 1993 and it is over 20 years old.
We’ll see what happens when they opened this theatre.
The Regal Timberlyne 6 will faced stiff competition not to mention this theatre will see its last days along with the Carmike Wynnsong 15 up the road in Durham which may be closing if this theater knocks out the competition.
The Dillard’s Department Store will be closing its doors forever on January 31,2014. It was the former Ivey’s Department Store which opened at University Mall in 1973.
Once the Silverspot Cinema opens in January,2015, this will put a HUGE dent in the competition for movie-goers in the greater Durham-Chapel Hill area.
It will basically muscled in on the competition of both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas along with Carmike Cinemas respectively. A movie theater is long overdue with a shot in the arm for a local mall that desperately needs that has been bringing shoppers in since University Mall opened its doors in 1973 as one of the largest indoor shopping centers in Chapel Hill.
The Silverspot Cinema will be the first multiplex movie theater in Chapel Hill since the opening of the Lumina at Southern Village in 2000,and the first multiplex since the closing of the Village Plaza Theatres located off Elliott Road at Kroger Plaza which closed in 2003.(Both the Lumina and the Village Plaza,and the Regal Timberlyne 6 are mentioned on the Cinema Treasures website along with other movie houses in Chapel Hill)
It will put the competition with Regal Timberlyne 6 in Northern Chapel Hill and also up the road in Durham at Carmike’s Wynnsong Cinemas 15 for the eyeing of the movie-going public. Its been long overdue at just to let you know the Silverspot Cinemas will offer a variety of first-run blockbusters and independent/foreign releases.
Carmike opened this theatre in 1996 as a slant-floor theater with 12 screens, and by the mid-2000’s this theater upgraded to stadium seating and Dobly digital sound and expanded the concession stand. By 2004,it upgraded to digital projection and DTS sound.
During the 1960’s and into the 1970’s…The Park Terrace showed a lot of classic movies that got first-run billing in the Carolinas. Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” was an exclusive engagement showing in the Carolinas where it played for an astounding 22 weeks!
It also got the reserved seat engagement showings too.
The only showings in the Carolinas played first-run at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theater…….
“Shoes of the Fisherman”-in 70MM
“The Great Race”
“Camelot”-in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound
“Doctor Dolittle”-in 70MM
“Rise and Fall Of The Roman Empire”-in 70MM
“Fiddler On The Roof”-in 70MM/6 Channel Stereo Sound
“Irwin Allen’s The Towering Inferno”-in 70MM
Other classic movies that played here too…….
“Midnight Cowboy”,the controversial 1969 film got first-run billing at Park Terrace before anyone else in the Carolinas. It was a exclusive engagement that played here for 19 weeks!!!
Cinemark’s Tinseltown Cinemas is the only multiplex theater in Salisbury and the only operational one in all of Rowan County. Salisbury Mall Cinemas last operated as a second-run discount house before it closed in 2011.
Micheal Coate:OUT OF AFRICA was generally released on December 18,1985 in the larger cities of North Carolina. Salisbury Mall Cinemas didn’t get the film until mid-January of 1986.
The premiere attractions for the December 17,1971 grand opening of the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 were:
CINEMA 1: It’s Sean Connery as James Bond-007The BIG 007 CHRISTMAS PREMIERE EVENT FOR SANFORD!!!“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”-On the Big Screen In Color!!!
CINEMA 2: Ruth Gordon in “HAROLD AND MAUDE”-In Color
AND THE BIG ONES ARE COMING TO THE KENDALE CINEMA:
-Clint Eastwood in “DIRTY HARRY”
-Walt Disney’s “BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS”
-John Wayne and Richard Boone in “BIG JAKE”
-Gene Hackman in “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”
-The Musical Event Of The Year “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
-The BIG Event of 1971 is Coming-“BILLY JACK”
Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema with a seating capacity of 400(200 seats each in both auditoriums).
The Kendale Cinemas was in between two major anchors of the Kendale Shopping Center…to the right of the cinema was a Winn Dixie grocery store….to the left of the cinema were Roses Department Store and Eckerd Drugs along with specialty shops and services. Sat in the middle of the shopping center was Central Carolina Bank and Trust Company.
Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema. The seating capacity was 400 with 200 seats each in both auditoriums. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 and it was renamed the Kendale Twin until its closing in 2007. In March of 2008,this theatre reopened as the Cinema Latino and it was the first theatre in the state of North Carolina to show first and second run features in Spanish.
A lot of great Hollywood blockbusters played at the Oleander Twin first-run…..
Not only did all three original STAR WARS films played here first-run(1977, 1980, and 1983)
But THE EXORCIST (May 9,1974)
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (November 9,1973)
THE GODFATHER (March 22,1972)
SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE (December 15,1978)
ROCKY (February 16,1977)
THE TOWERING INFERNO (December 16,1974)
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
THE GODFATHER:PART II
Just to name a few.
The only original anchors that are still there is J.C. Penney and Roses which has been there since the Parkwood Shopping Center opened as a open-air strip plaza in 1964. The Carmike 10 Cinemas, along with Dollar Tree,Kerr Drugs and other speciality shops will the only remnants of the old Parkwood Mall.
THE LITCHFIELD CINEMA 6 opened on October 28,1988 under Litchfield Theatres.
The Opening Attractions for the Grand Opening were:
-Rebecca DeMornay and Mary Gross in FEDS
-Emilio Estevez in YOUNG GUNS
-Bruce Willis in DIE HARD
-Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon in BULL DURHAM
-BIG TOP PEE WEE starring Pee Wee Herman
COMING ATTRACTIONS TO THE LITCHFIELD CINEMAS:
-From director John Carpenter THEY LIVE!
-Steven Seagal and Pam Grier in ABOVE THE LAW
It was known as the LITCHFIELD CINEMA 6 under Litchfield Theatres. It opened on October 28,1988 as Wilson’s first-ever multiplex theater. Regal Cinemas took over this theater by the late-1990’s and renamed it the Regal Cinema 6. It closed in 2007 when Carmike Cinemas opened a huge state of the art all stadium seating multiplex near the main entrance of the Parkwood Mall.
This cinema closed in 1994 when Carmike Cinemas built a huge 10-screen multiplex theater located near South Square Mall at the intersection of Shannon Road and Martin Luther King Parkway that opened later that year.
1975-1987 CinemaNational Theatres
1987-1992 USA National Theatres
1992-1994 Carmike Cinemas
CORRECTION: The South Square Mall Cinemas officially opened on December 26,1975 as the Triangle’s newest modern design theater and Durham’s first multiplex cinema under CinemaNational Corporation and later operated under Boston-based USA Theatres. The seating capacity was 800.
The Opening Attractions for the Grand Opening of the South Square Mall Cinemas on December 26,1975 were:
Screen 1: Burt Reynolds in HUSTLE
Screen 2: Al Pacino in DOG DAY AFTERNOON
Screen 3: Michael Caine in THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Screen 4: Sidney Poitier in LET’S DO IT AGAIN.
Seating capacity for Screen 1 was 250
Seating capacity for Screen 3 was 250
Seating capacity for Screen 2 was 150
Seating capacity for Screen 4 was 150