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SHOWGIRLS played here at this drive-in theatre in early 1996. It was the only theatre that show it due to its controversial and graphically sexual content due to its
I saw SHOWGIRLS where it played in the Raleigh-Durham area when it was released in 1995 at the Imperial VI Cinemas in Cary. SHOWGIRLS only played in selected theatres upon it’s release. But SHOWGIRLS wasn’t the first movie to have a controversial following in the Carolinas,especially in the greater Greensboro area.
The Janus also was the ONLY theatre in the greater Triad area in 1990 to show the controversial and explicit frank and sexually graphic film HENRY AND JUNE that was in the first movie to be released with the MPAA’s new “NC-17” rating(originally “X”). It was one of four cinemas in North Carolina that show it during its theatrical release. The others were in Charlotte, Asheville,and Raleigh.
tccox and patriciacarol:
Interesting! I do recall the Junior Johnson Story having its world premiere for one of the ads that I saw in the Charlotte Observer,somewhere during the mid-1970’s. Having the honor and the pleasure of meeting two big Hollywood stars…Jeff Bridges and Valerie Perrine and joining them for lunch across the street from the theatre! That’s a day worth remembering! I’m from the Raleigh-Durham area,and I was born in the Charlotte area,and I do recall vivid memories of the Capri Theatre. Not to mention The Ramada Inn across Independence Boulevard and at one time The Peddler Steakhouse,which was Charlotte’s top-rated restaurant that was next door to the cinema! All along that stretch of Independence Boulevard! E-mail:
There was also located in Downtown Fayetteville another large movie theater called THE MIRACLE too right there on Hay Street. At that time,there was three moviehouses in the greater Downtown Fayetteville area..ALL on Hay Street…..
ALL of the Sean Connery 007-Bond films played here:
From “Doctor No” to “Diamonds Are Forever”.
Not to mention “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.
Since the Carolina was basically getting most of the United Artists product in the greater Fayetteville area during that time. “West Side Story” played here in 1962.
ALL The BEATLES films that played here at the Carolina were HUGE hits ranging from “A Hard Day’s Night”, to “HELP!”, “Yellow Submarine”, and “Let It Be”.
Exclusive Engagement Showings that played at this theatre First-Run at the Carolina Theater:
“WEST SIDE STORY”-August 22,1962
“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”-September 1, 1963
“THE GODFATHER”-March 29,1972
1971-1978ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1986Plitt Southern Theatres
Cineplex Odeon Corporation
*Not only did this ULTRAVISION theatre get the MGM product of re-release classics presented for the first time in Eastern North Carolina in 70MM,but also the Cardinal Theatre also got the re-releases of other exclusive engagements presented for the first time in Fayetteville,when the Cardinal was a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 789 back in 1971.
The exclusive 70MM engagement showing of other re-releases as a Eastern North Carolina first were:“MY FAIR LADY”, “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”, “WEST SIDE STORY”,and “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”.
The Cardinal Theatre upon its official grand opening in 1971 got a lot of the MGM product of re-release classics. These films were presented in 70MM and it was the first in Eastern North Carolina and the Greater Fayetteville area.
These movies were presented as the MGM four-pack of re-release classics that were a first in the Fayetteville area. Movies ranging from “Gone With The Wind”, to “Ben-Hur”,“Doctor Zhivago”,and “2001: A Space Odyssey” all presented in 70MM and 6 Track Stereophonic Sound as a Eastern North Carolina Exclusive Engagement Showing at the Cardinal Theatre in 1971.
I also found the original ad from its grand opening from 1967 or early 1968 from the Fayetteville Observer. It was known as the King Theatre and the cinema was located off Bragg Boulevard in the King Shopping Center.
From the November 24,1971 Fayetteville Observer:
THE COMING ATTRACTIONS TO EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA’S FIRST ULTRAVISION THEATRE….
1. The 70MM-6 Track Engagement Re-Releases of the following:
“2001: A Space Odyssey”
“Gone With The Wind”
Walter Matthau in “KOTCH”
Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn in “MY FAIR LADY” in 70MM!
This will be corrected very soon. I ad in my possession the original ad for the Cardinal Theatre’s Official Grand Opening from November 24,1971. The Cardinal did not open in 1969,but it opened in 1971.
The feature attraction for it’s grand opening was the James Garner western “Skin Game”.
I have found the original ads for the Audrey Hepburn-Rex Harrison film MY FAIR LADY from the January 27,1965 and January 28,1965 ad from the Charlotte Observer. The 1/27/65 ad was a special advance screening that was a reserved seat engagement. The official 1/28/65 run was also a reserved seat engagement. MY FAIR LADY when it played at the Capri in Charlotte was the ONLY roadshow engagement within the Carolinas where it played. The ONLY place where you got to see it between Atlanta and Washington,DC. Other cities in the Carolinas didn’t get MY FAIR LADY until mid-1966.
I have found the original ads for the Grand Opening of the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas,also known as the Cinema I & II from 1963. I wish someone would put this information out there,but I have the original ad from the Charlotte Observer newspaper.
George Lucas science-fiction blockbuster STAR WARS played here from July 21,1978 until September 1,1978 as many of its exclusive re-releases. I have the original ads for this too.
“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA” played at the Carolina Theatre as a Reserved Seat Engagement Presentation on September 25,1963. I have the original ads from the Charlotte Observer. Not only “LAWRENCE” played here as a Roadshow Presentation,but also “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”,and
“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” played here before capacity crowds at the Carolina Theatre.
AMC Theatres(American Multi-Cinemas): 1976-1989
Carmike Cinemas: 1989-2001
Mike Rogers and Michael Coate:
I have found the original ad from the Greensboro News and Record on the Grand Opening of the Carolina Circle Mall Cinema 6 or the Circle 6. The ad was from November 12, 1976 of the News and Record and this information about this theatre will be posted later on this site. I also have the grand opening ads for the Janus Theatres and also the Terrace Theatre at Friendly Center.
Mike Rogers and Michael Coate:
I have found the grand opening advertisement on the date the Parkview Theatre originally opened. I will have the information re-posed on this site sometime before the end of this month. This information along with several other theaters in the greater Winston-Salem area will be reposted on the Cinema Treasures site. I have the original ads for the Thruway and the Parkway Theatres on the grand opening ads from the Winston-Salem Journal. Thank you.
A Lot of Blockbuster movies played at the Tar Heel Drive In during the mid-1950’s through the early-to-mid 1970’s before the once great drive-in succumbed to the level of showing “XXX” rated films in the late-1970’s and early 1980’s.
STAR WARS played here at the Tar Heel Drive-In Theatre during many of it’s re-releases on July 21,1978. It was the only time that this movie played as a re-release in the greater High Point and Archdale areas.
Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here first-run on March 22,1972 at the Cinema Theatre.
This theatre operated as a first-run movie house from its opening in 1940 until its closing in the early-to-mid 1980’s when it was under the Stewart & Everett chain. From 1940 thru 1955 it was the Harnett Theatre and from 1955 until its closing in 1987 or 1990 was the Stewart Theatre. From 1940 until 1975,it was in fact the only single screen indoor movie theatre in town,and the only movie house in all of Downtown Dunn and Harnett County. The Plaza Twin theatres changed all that by 1975,not to mention the town had the only drive-in theatre too which is NOT listed on the Cinema Treasures site. By the late-1980’s or mid-2000’s it changed hands with it became The Harnett Regional Theatre.
If you think “Passion of the Christ” was the only movie that was a sell-out,you may want to look back further into this cinema’s history. Since its opening in 1975,a lot of blockbuster movies that played here did very well,and were sell-outs in there own right. The original STAR WARS movie played here first-run as well as RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK as well. What else played at the Plaza? A lot of scary movies not to mention the run of Disney flicks too. But back in 1975,before the Plaza opened,the only theatres that were in town was the Stewart Theatre(now the Harnett Community Theater),and at one time to the town’s only drive-in theatre(which is not listed on the Cinema Treasures site) But when THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST played here,all boxoffice records at this cinema were broken in 2004..opening day when it sold-out all performances and even all matinee showings are packed to capacity(due to the audience of church groups and all the above,since this was at the time the only movie theatre in town). Since its closing in 2008,the only way to see a movie is to drive to the nearest towns for a movie screening..either going down I-95 towards Fayetteville or heading down South on U.S. 421 towards Clinton or even as far as Wilmington to catch a blockbuster movie.
Interesting. It reminds me of the Lakewood Center Theatre in Durham that opened in November of 1966,that was anchored by a W.T. Grant’s Department Store and was anchored by two supermarkets too(Winn-Dixie and Kroger!)
The Golden East Crossing Cinemas were located on the food court section of the shopping center and it also had a mall entrance accessible to the theatre. It was the only 4-plex cinema in town until 2003.