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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!!!
Owned and operated under Piedmont Amusements/Multi-Cinema, the Clear Springs Cinema 6 opened on July 20, 1990 as Concord’s first-ever discount theater. It closed in 2001.
Owned and operated under Carmike Cinemas, the Wynnsong Cinema 12 opened on May 9, 1997. Located on Hanes Mall Boulevard where the intersections of Business and Bypass I-40 meet across from the Hanes Mall.
Opened on December 10, 1993 as Carmike’s first-ever multiplex cinema replacing the Reynolda Cinema 3.
Located inside the Randolph Mall on the Northeast side of the shopping center between Dillard’s and Sears.
This theatre also got a lot of the Disney releases too. Some first-run showings. Among the most successful that brought in capacity crowds was the VARSITY’S first-run showing of MARY POPPINS.
And speaking of the Varsity’s first-run showing of THE SOUND OF MUSIC……
It was shown first-run as a specially selective engagement presentation at Christmas of 1967 when the film was a general release.
“The Sound of Music” played here as well as some of the greatest movies of the 60’s including its first-run showings of Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins”,along with the exclusive showings of “Doctor Zhivago” among others.
Correction: The Cinema 46 opened by Skouras Theatres on August 12,1964 with The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night”
It closed in April of 1997 under United Artists Theatres.
Seating Capacity: 450
Opened as a twin cinema under Stewart & Everett in 1974. By the mid-1980’s it expanded its operations from two to four screens when Carmike Cinemas took over all of the Stewart & Everett chains in the Carolinas. Carmike operated this theatre as the Carmike Cinema 4 until its closing in 2005 when Carmike built a newer, flashier state-of-the-art 10 screen multiplex on the opposite end of Shelby’s Cleveland Mall that opened later that year.
The Sunset was one of the five drive-ins in the state of North Carolina that upgraded to digital projection.
70mm print of great movies got first-run billing at this theatre making it the most popular multiplex in all New York.
Opened on January 19, 1973 as the Gateway Theatres….
Grand Opening Attractions were……..
GATEWAY CINEMA I-Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine in “Irwin Allen’s THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE”– Rated “PG”
GATEWAY CINEMA II-Charles Bronson and Jack Palance in“THE VALACHI PAPERS”-Rated “R”
This theater’s days be numbered since GATES construction has started building a 67,000 square foot movie theater at Chapel Hill’s University Mall that will be a seating capacity of 1,500 and 13-screens on the site of the former Dillard’s Department Store that will put this cinema(which opened in 1994)in competition once its opens being it is the ONLY Carmike Cinema venue between Durham and Chapel Hill.
“The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” played here first run.
This theater has reached its $50K goal and it is set to remain open according to the owner and manager of this theater. Read about this in The Daily Tar Heel
That is a very good question Patsy. The last theatres that Downtown Wilmington had that was operational was the Bailey Theatre and the Manor Theatre. The Bailey closed in 1980 and the Manor was gone by early-1985.
In effort to save this theater and not to mention facing competition from the huge 13-screen multiplex at University Mall scheduled to open in mid-2015, the Varsity needs everyone’s help to stay open. I have great memories of this theatre…..The original STAR WARS played here first-run in 1977.
CHAPEL HILL’S VARSITY THEATRE SEEKS PUBLIC HELP
Downtown Chapel Hill’s landmark since 1927 is about to close it doors without it’s support. Go Digital or Go Dark Campaign……
See article about this landmark theatre…….
Thank you Cinema Treasures. Happy Holidays!
And a wonderful 2015!!!