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Also opened as a new multiplex is the Grand 14 at the Market Common located in Myrtle Beach,SC. also owned and operated by Stone Theatres. It opened the same time as the Millhouse 14 did located in Fayetteville
There was also a twin cinema located in Clinton too that was operated by Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. The theatre was located in the Clinton Plaza Shopping Center that was at the intersection of a boulevard and the U.S. 421-701 Bypass.
The Plaza Twin Cinema(aka Dunn Plaza Theatres 1 & 2)
opened in 1975 and it was owned and operated by Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. At the time it was the second moviehouse operating in all of Dunn and Harnett County(the other theatre was the Stewart Theatre located in Downtown Dunn,also operated under Stewart and Everett Theatres which is now the Harnett Community Center).
Carmike acquired the Plaza Twin Theatres in the mid-1980’s until its closing in August of 2008. At the time of its closing,it was the ONLY theatre operating in the town.
The MISSION VALLEY CINEMAS opened in the early to mid-1970’s as a twin cinema under the Fairlane-Litchfeld theatre chain(which also owned and operated the Imperial in Cary). It expanded in 1983 by adding a third auditorium,and keeping the original auditorium intact(which was great for showing 35MM and 70MM films). Two more screens were added by the early 1990’s,when the Mission Valley was acquired by United Artists Theatres when Fairlane-Litchfeld Theatres folded.
The cinema is still intact and I read somewhere it will be demolished sometime around early next year. At one time,the Town and Country twin theatres was the ONLY moviehouse in operation in all of Moore County.
Owned and operated by Kleesburg Cinemas as a second-run discount theatre.
The Piggly Wiggly is now Scott’s Food Center. And Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits is still in operation not to mention the local Hardees.
Small as Apex is a lot has really changed since the opening of the Beaver Creek Commons Center in 2003(which used to a former car dealership). The cinema opened two years later in 2005. Regal Cinemas is about to expand even more in Wake County too. Construction is set to build two more Regal Cinemas in the towns of Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale.
Also to point out that Edwards Theatres based out of Cailfornia is constructing a huge 30-plex cinema located in North Raleigh off Capital Boulevard near the Triangle Town Center Mall. The first multiplex to be build in the Triangle area and the first theatre chain to be based in North Carolina too.
AMC Theatres is also putting up another multiplex too in Raleigh,which would be the chain’s second location in North Carolina,the first in the Triangle area.
The other location is in Charlotte. Did you know that AMC Theatres was the first chain to open a multiplex in this state? In Greensboro,at Carolina Circle Mall in 1976(one of the first AMC theatres chain in N.C.)
Charlottetowne Mall Cinemas opened in 1963 as one of the first twin theatres to be established in North Carolina. Owned and operated under General Cinema Corporation. The theatre closed in 1994,and was demolished in 2005 to make way for a Target and a Home Depot store.
FYI: The Charlottetowne Mall opened its doors to the public in 1959 as the first-ever indoor shopping center to be established in North Carolina. I don’t know if the mall is still in operation,but the last I heard it was renamed as Midtown Square Mall.
Consolidated Theatres opened the Beaver Creek Cinemas in 2005,and later was acquired by Regal Cinemas. It is only multiplex theatre operating in the town of Apex. Serving the areas of Apex, Cary,
Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina and even as far as Jordan Lake and Pittsboro(in nearby Chatham County).
FYI: Beaver Creek Commons opened in 2003 at the intersections of U.S. 64 and N.C. 55. Its main anchor stores at Lowes Improvement,
Super Target, Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, and H.H. Gregg’s(which recently replaced the now closed Circuit City). It is the only strip mall operating in town.
Before Beaver Creek Commons,from what I remembered from it back in its day..was nothing but a Chevrolet Car Dealership and a tobacco and corn field….before they torn it down and turned it into a shopping center. What I remembered going through Apex years ago(30 or 20 years ago)…it was a very small Mayberry-like town with nothing but the nearby Hardees, Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits and the neighborhood Piggly Wiggly(not Scott’s Food Center)….that was Apex.
The Piggly Wiggly(Scott’s) and Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits is still there in Apex!!!!
Magic Johnson also has theatres that are still in operation,but this cinema was the first to owned and operated by African-Americans. Had the opportunity to see it once when I vacationed in Atlanta.
I totally agree with you regarding tougher policies affected cell phone usage not to mention dealing with arrogant adults, and stupid pathetic parents who cannot control their kids when they bring them to the theatre. Its bad enough when you just paid over $15.00(you know how much going to the movies is these days….regular admission has jumped to $10.00!!!) to see a great movie and while enjoying it you got idiots who make calls on their cell phone during the show and kids who are unmannered,untrained and basically act out during the picture. They need to be thrown out!!!!
I glad management has step down on this in Greensboro,and it should be enforced all over the country. Anyone who pays good money to see a great picture shouldn’t have to deal with the mess during the show!!!! Comments?
Eastern Federal Corporation,based of out Charlotte,have a zero-tolerance policy for patrons who bring them kids to movies that misbehaves…..
“We love kids and we do appreciate them coming here. But if they are too loud and rude and as a courtesy to others,please take them out of the theatre. If they do not comply with the rules and regulations,management will have them escort out of the theatre.”
Hooray for the management of this theatre. Southern Theatres Corporation,which not only operates area cinemas in Greensboro but also in Winston-Salem as well is really regarding this policy,and it should be strictly ENFORCED!!!! Anyone using and calling their baby mama or baby daddy on a cell phone during a movie should be escorted out the cinema!!! And do get wrong with parents whose kids act the fool and are loud as hell during a movie gets me too….if you CANNOT CONTROL YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR IN THE CINEMA…please by all means have them escorted out the door!!! NO
EXCUSES!!! No Cell Phones during a movie and NO TALKING during the show!
This movie theatre opened in the early 1970’s as a twin cinema,under the General Cinema banner.
The twin theatre in Gastonia that you were referring to was THE EASTRIDGE 1 & 2 THEATRES,which is NOT listed on this site,but will be avaliable soon. THE DIANE DRIVE-IN or U.S. 29 DRIVE-IN THEATRE is not listed on cinema treasures either,but will be soon.
Its a crying shame that PORGY AND BESS is not even released on DVD. I saw the re-release of this during a special screening of the film and it was shown in its original 70mm format and brilliant Technicolor. This was one of the top ten films of 1959,right up there with BEN-HUR,
NORTH BY NORTHWEST, SOME LIKE IT HOT, ON THE BEACH, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and
THE HORSE SOLDIERS
Interesting concept. Very interesting.
Does anybody know that the Park Terrace is celebrating its 45th Anniversary? The theatre opened to the public in May of 1964,and it is the oldest running movie theatre in Charlotte. A great place to showcase independent and upcoming films. A grand place to see good flick.
Wasn’t there another cinema located in Gastonia near the Gastonia Mall?
I do recall it was a four-screen or eight screen cinema that was located on the lower level of Gastonia Mall,owned and operated by Fairlane-Litchfeld Theatres and later on was acquired by United Artists Theatres chain before it became part of Consolidated Theatres.
The Northgate Theatre was operated by Consolidated Theatres of Charlotte from 1962 until 1976.
Martin Theatres acquired it from 1976 until 1983
Last operated by Carmike Cinemas from 1983 until its closing in 1985
I read somewhere that the UPTOWN closed….Is this true?
Washington’s grandest single screen theatre is gone forever???
The first for the Winston-Salem area…..Instead of going far as Greensboro to see independent and foreign films. And its right between Downtown and nearby Wake Forest University.
The Grant’s Department Store at Lakewood Shopping Center closed in the mid-1970’s. It was one of two Grant’s stores in the Durham area(the other was over at Wellons Village also closed in the mid-1970’s) It was transformed into Carolina Office Supply,which took over the W.T. Grant Building until it closed in early 1991.
A Food Lion Grocer sits where the former Grant’s Department Store used to be. Also Carolina Office Supply at Lakewood Shopping Center.
The Woolworth’s at Lakewood closed its doors forever in early 1997.
A Thrift Store has been located in the former Woolworth’s Dept.Store.
The Kroger Grocer(which was next door to the Center Theatre)closed its doors in 1986,when it moved to a 47,000 square foot new supermarket that was over on Shannon Road next to South Square Mall.
It was briefly had another grocer there(Byrd’s Food Center)which didn’t last long due to the vacancy of a once great shopping plaza.
A Community Center sits where it was once occupied by Kroger.
The Center Theatre closed in 2001 by Carmike Cinemas. It was converted into a surplus store run by Duke University. That closed in early 2006. The theatre sits stand and now it has been turned into a community center and a church.
I saw APOCALYPSE NOW during a special screening in Charlotte during the its initial release. It wasn’t shown in 70mm but presented in 35mm. The theatre were it played had the widescreen and the huge auditorium for it(it played at the Park Terrace),but it was brilliant to see it.