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raysson commented about Petitions call for movie theater on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Virginia has several Carmike Cinemas,including one that just opened up near Washington,DC.

Check out the site at

I know there are some in Virginia: Roanoke, Charlottesville,
Lynchburg, Danville, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, and Richmond and as far as South Hill, Danville and Fredericksburg.

raysson commented about Tryon Hills Theatre on Aug 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I too remember seeing NEW JACK CITY here when it was re-released as a discount movie house. All seats were just a buck and the projection was horrible.

raysson commented about Tryon Hills Theatre on Aug 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

About the Tryon Hills Theatre,aka The Tryon Theatre:

I remember seeing a lot of good movies there in the mid-1980’s and early 1990’s when it was a single screen theatre. I remember seeing
“Out for Justice” with Steven Seagal in 1991. Also played here were a underrated flick title “Tuff Stuff” starring former Disney child actress Kim Richards where she played a tough biker chick with ESP.
Also played here were a lot of blaxploitation films,adult films,and other films of interest. I came back to this theatre six months later and this once great theatre was twinned where they split this once 550-seat theatre down the middle….which made it terrible. It became a discount movie house. After that it sucked,since the projected was always braking down and the picture was never focused. When it was twinned,it became the worst movie house in Raleigh. It closed shortly there after.

raysson commented about Bailey Theatre on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Steven Spielburg’s 1975 blockbuster JAWS played to capacity crowds at the Bailey Theatre on June 20, 1975.

Also to point out too….but the mid-to-late 1970’s,the venue changed from showing first-run features to a variety of either blaxploitation,kung-fu flicks,and some adult flicks before it closed its doors forever in 1980.

raysson commented about Oleander Drive-In on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

In fact,Stewart and Everett OWNED and OPERATED all of the movie houses and drive-ins in the greater Wilmington area,including all of the Downtown movie houses too like the Manor Theatre, the Bailey,and
the Colony.

raysson commented about Abandoned DC move-over house to reopen as new art-house this fall! on Jul 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

DC also had Tenley Circle, Janus, Cerberus, Cinema, Fine Arts,
Outer Circle, the MacArthur and the Embassy….are a part of the DC movie theatre history that I remember from the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Wasn’t the Jenifer part of those DC movie theatres as well…I knew it was not part of K-B,but it was operated under General Cinema.

raysson commented about Hanes Mall Cinema on Jul 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

The Hanes Mall Cinemas also had competition as well in the late 1990’s,when Carmike Cinemas built a huge 12-screen multiplex just south of the shopping center near Interstate 40 and Stratford Road that put this theatre out of business in early 2001.

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Jul 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

A lot of UA films played at the Carolina Theatre:

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Jul 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

For the record: The Northgate Theatre was the outlet for all of the Disney films that were showed as first-run features and later on Disney would re-released them as a double bill,which the Northgate showed too. Even when the cinema was twinned in 1975,it continue to show new and re-released Disney films.

It also became the outlet for MGM too. The Northgate showed a lot of the Elvis Presley films too that were released as a first-run in general release from 1962 until 1969 for MGM. However,MGM re-released these Elvis Presley films as a double bill too. Not only did it show the Elvis films,but a lot of MGM films were showed as first-run features and were re-released at the Northgate too,among them were “How The West Was Won”,“The Dirty Dozen”,and “Doctor Zhivago” to name a few.

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Jul 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

For the record: the Carolina Theatre was also showed first-run films that became the outlet for Universal too. A lot of films that played at the Carolina were huge crowd pleasers among them were “Airport”,
“Day of the Jackal”,“American Graffiti”,“The Sting”,and “Earthquake!"
to name a few. And just like the Bond films that played at the Carolina,Universal also re-released their features on double bills and the Carolina had those as well. All that would change by 1975 when film booking practices changed the landscape,and all hell broke loose when all of the Universal films would change outlets ending a long relationship with the Carolina Theatre.

FYI: All of the Clint Eastwood films that were released under Universal Pictures also ran as first-run features at the Carolina Theatre as well,among them were “Play Misty For Me”,“Two Mules For Sister Sara”,“High Plains Drifter” to name a few as well as some of the Clint Eastwood films that were released under United Artists,namely “Hang Em' High”,and “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”,and his earlier works “A Fistful of Dollars”,“The Good,The Bad,and the Ugly” ran also as first-run features that were colossal boxoffice hits,of course UA re-released them on double bills,and the Carolina had those too.

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

Carolina Theatre bids farewell to Campanero. Read the full feature story at:

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:00 am

and DR.NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE not to mention
a double bill of GOLDFINGER too. All of the Bond films starring Sean Connery did huge business at the Carolina. I do recall back in early 1971 or 1972 where DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was on the double bill with either YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE or GOLDFINGER at the Carolina too.

Lazenby). The only Bond films that played at the Carolina starring Roger Moore were LIVE AND LET DIE and
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN,which were on a double bill with either DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER or GOLDFINGER.

raysson commented about State Theatre on Jul 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

definition of the term “roadshow"

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raysson on Jul 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

The headquarters for the CNN Network and Turner Broadcasting are still there.

raysson on Jul 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You’re right J.B.

This was formerly the Omni Cinemas that was located in the same facility as the CNN Center and part of the headquarters for Turner Broadcasting. The cinema and the CNN Center was built on the same area where the Omni Arena used to be. Right in the heart of Downtown Atlanta,and not far from the shopping destinations which were within walking distance of Marietta Street and nearby Peachtree Center.

I was invited back in 1991 to attend a special sneak preview of Eddie Murphy’s “Boomerang” when it premiere at the CNN Cinema Six for its exclusive Atlanta showing with did very well with a capacity crowds that attended. I met one of the ushers that worked at that theatre too named Chris,who also worked not only as a usher at the CNN Cinemas but as a DJ for a Atlanta nightclub. This was back in 1991,and I haven’t been in Atlanta in years…The CNN Cinemas and the old Omni Arena are long gone. Was it replaced for the construction of a 78,000 seat dome coliseum that became the new home of the Atlanta falcons?

raysson commented about Drive-In Theater documentary segment on YouTube on Jul 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Cool. I too remember the drive-in as a kid.

raysson commented about Happy 10th anniversary, "Star Wars: Episode I"!!! on Jul 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I saw this opening night in Raleigh at the Mission Valley Cinemas. Before the 7:00 show,the lines were snaked around the cinema and it sold-out in almost 10 minutes. When the audience’s reaction got noticed to how REALLY bad this movie was,half of the audience walked out the theatre in total disappointment(seating capacity showed this in Mission Valley’s largest auditorium that had a seating capacity of over 780,in widescreen and THX Dobly). What a waste since I had purchase my ticket for the matinee show,but got in on the student price(the matinee ticket was $3.50 while regular admission was $8.00-9.00!,so I got in on the matinee ticket that could be used for the evening show).

In agreement with Justin Fencsak, Episode III WAS AWESOME!!!…While Episodes I and II were nothing but hype up special effects with the rest of the material looking like a science fiction version of a prime time teenage soap opera and a lame as hell TV series.

raysson commented about "Back To The Future"...Happy 25th! on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

The network television premiere of BACK TO THE FUTURE premiered on ABC in 1990.

raysson commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

The network television premiere of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was broadcast on NBC-TV on Thanksgiving Night(November 27,1987). It was the first theatrical broadcast of a major motion picture to air without limited commercial interruption. The television premiere of EMPIRE was a huge hit for NBC that Thanksgiving night in 1987,racking in the largest audience ever for a single movie event.

It was so successful that NBC reaired it again as a special movie event in July of 1991,the same year that NBC would also have the network television premiere of THE RETURN OF THE JEDI.

raysson commented about "Back To The Future"...Happy 25th! on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Other theatres didn’t get BACK TO THE FUTURE until later on that month. Here are two of the theatres in North Carolina that didn’t played it until mid-July and early August.

-Carolina Blue and White Twin (Plitt Southern Theatres)

-College Road Cinema 6 (United Artists Theatres)

OTHERS: Didn’t open in these North Carolina cities until mid-July or August of 1985

-Imperial Cinema IV (United Artists Theatres)

-Town and Country Cinema 1 & 2 (Stewart and Everett Theatres)

-Cinema 1 & 2 (Eastern Federal Theatres)

-Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 (Eastern Federal Theatres)

raysson commented about "Back To The Future"...Happy 25th! on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Saw this when it was released on July 5, 1985 in Durham, North Carolina. However,it played on the other side on town at Northgate Mall at the Northgate Twin Theatres. The opening night this film played was sold out to capacity crowds that went to see it where the lines snaked from the side of Sears Department Store all the way towards the inside part of the mall all the way towards Roses Discount Store. “Back To The Future” came out when Michael J. Fox was at the peak of his career when at the time he was a bonafide TV star playing Alex Keaton on the 1980’s television series Family Ties.
Not to mention this film had one of the biggest hits of 1985…who remembers that theme song from Huey Lewis and the News Grammy winning song “Going Back In Time”…………….

“BACK TO THE FUTURE”-Played in Screen One

The other monster hit of 1985? “RAMBO:FIRST BLOOD PART II”-On Screen Two that also played at the Northgate to capacity crowds.

raysson commented about Ritz Theatre on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

I saw an ad featured the Ritz Theatre in Wilmington showing “Carmen Jones”,and it was basically the only theatre in Wilmington and all of New Hanover County that showed this feature to African-American audiences. Other movies that played here were basically catered to black audiences when no other theatres in Wilmington would booked them……at the time the Downtown Wilmington theatres like the Bailey,the Manor,and the Colony were segregated.

The Ritz also played “Porgy and Bess”,“The World,The Flesh and the Devil”,“Sargeant Rutledge”,and “Nothing But A Man”,not to mention “Black Like Me” to name a few.

raysson commented about Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

Was that the animated Disney feature ROBIN HOOD that was the opening attraction at the Merrimon in 1973? Showing in two auditoriums?

raysson commented about Highway 85 Drive-In on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:45 am

Isn’t Fayetteville Georgia part of suburban Atlanta?

I heard there were two drive-in theatres in Atlanta:

  1. Was the Highway 85 Drive-In Theatre

  2. The other was the I-85 North Twin Drive-In Theatre near Gwinnett.

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Jun 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

1985…the summer of some great movies playing on 2 screens at the Northgate Twin Theatres at Northgate Mall in Durham.


WHO REMEMBERS….. seeing in long lines and capacity crowds…..
“Superman:The Movie”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Star Trek II”,
“Saturday Night Fever”, “E.T.”, and all of the Disney releases playing at this theatre?