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To Ret. AKC(NAC)CC Bob Jensen:
I have done extensive research on this theatre and this information on the Parkway has been updated as of 3/20/2012.
The Parkway Theatre upon it’s opening was Winston-Salem’s first ever suburban theatre,and it was a first-run alternative to the Downtown moviehouses when it opened on September 1,1965. I have the original ads for its grand opening. The opening attraction on September 1,1965 was a Rock Hudson flick starring Leslie Caron “A Very Special Favor”. It was owned and operated until Schneider-Merl Theatres.
A lot of blockbusters played at the Capri Triple.
From “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to “E.T.”,and even
“Back to the Future”. The original “Batman” played here first-run as well.
Correction: The Capri Triple Theatres opened to the public on November 21,1979 as High Point’s first-ever triplex cinema. This theatre did not open in 1976,but it opened in 1979. I have the ads from its grand opening that were in the 11/21/1979 edition of the High Point Enterprise. The information concerning this cinema will be updated. It closed around 1999 or 2000.
Stewart and Everett Theatres: 1972-1986
Carmike Cinemas: 1986-2003
**This theatre was NEVER operated under Martin Theatres.
This information about this theatre will be updated.
I have found the original ad for the Quaker Village’s grand opening in the December 22,1972 edition of the Greensboro News and Record. I will have this reposted.
The Quaker Village was Greensboro’s second twin cinema after the opening the Janus in 1968.
Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here on March 22,1972.[when it was still a twin cinema]
STAR WARS played at the Charlottetown Cinema for an impressive 46 weeks from June 17,1977 until it ended in December of 1977.[aka The Charlottetown I-II-III]
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here to capacity crowds
The Charlottetown Mall Cinemas was also known as the CINEMA I & II.
The theatre originally opened on November 6, 1963 with Debbie Reynolds in “Mary,Mary” that played on two screens. I have the original ads from it’s Grand Opening from the Charlotte Observer newspaper as the 1st twin theatres to be established in North Carolina.
It must have been crazy dealing with the capacity crowds when “E.T.” played there in June of 1982. I know the ushers were really working their behinds off between showings,not to mention dealing with the capacity crowds that arrived early for that too. By the way Patricia e-mail me sometime at
Steven Spielburg’s masterpiece “E.T.” played here first-run at this theatre on June 11,1982. I have the original ads from the Charlotte Observer. Presented in DOBLY STEREO.
I have the original ads from March 2, 1973 grand opening of the Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh,aka The Mission Valley Cinema I & II. Source: Raleigh News and Observer.
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.