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raysson commented about Green Hills Theatre on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Steven Spielburg’s 1975 hit JAWS played at the Green Hills Theatre during its official run enagement on June 20, 1975.

raysson commented about Mall 1 and 2 Theatres on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Was this called Asheville Mall 1 & 2 aka Mall 1 & 2 Theatres at Asheville Mall?

raysson commented about Tryon Mall 4 on Jun 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

JAWS was one of the several theatres in North Carolina that released the film during its initial release on June 20, 1975.

It did played here at the Tryon Mall Cinema when it a twin theatre.

It was however re-released later on that year at either the Capri or the Park Terrace or maybe the Charlottetown in late-1975 or early-1976.

raysson commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Jun 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Again Michael,great article.

I remember seeing JAWS about three weeks into its first-run at the Yorktowne Theatre in Durham in June of 1975. I do remember that the theatre had a 7:00 evening show and it was on a Sunday night,and it was sold-out within the first twenty minutes. The lines snaked all the way around the cinema(which at the time was still a single screen theatre with a seating capacity of 800)since the parking lot was already full…folks had to either park in the lot of the Hutton Building at the corner of Bedford Street and Chapel Hill Boulevard or some folks just parked their cars alongside Chapel Hill Boulevard which stretch from on end of the street to the other. Some folks like my parents had to park in the Shrimp Boats parking lot and take a risk crossing a dangerous street like Chapel Hill Boulevard to get to the theatre[Parking has always been a problem at this theatre too]

The 7:00 evening show was sold-out and every seat was packed to capacity including some folks who had to stand in the aisle or alongside the curtains of the auditorium or sit on the floor because there was no more seats available which was a problem for those who brought tickets earlier on. I mean capacity crowds for a Sunday evening show. The place went nuts during the boat sequence with Roy Scheider,Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss facing the sheer terror of the shark. In all a great movie,but where this played at was even bigger than the management of the Yorktowne even thought of.

JAWS played at the Yorktowne for a mere 21 weeks from June through mid-September of 1975,and it for the first two months it played to capacity crowds. However,construction was already started on the second auditorium too that opened in mid-June of 1975 for the showing of FRENCH CONNECTION II that had a 545 seat capacity to even boost bigger business for both films.

raysson commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Jun 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Great article,Michael. You have outdone yourself again this time around. Glad that you mentioned the theatres in North Carolina.

JAWS here in North Carolina only played in selected cities during its initial opening run on June 20,1975(Raleigh,Durham,Greensboro,
Wilmington,Charlotte,Asheville,Fayetteville,and Winston-Salem).

Other cities didn’t get it until July of 1975 or later till August.

Chapel Hill: Carolina Theatre
Burlington: Terrace 1 & 2
Southern Pines/Aberdeen: Town and Country 1 & 2
Jacksonville: Cardinal Theatre
Rockingham: Cinema 1 & 2 aka Richmond Plaza Cinema
Henderson: Embassy Theatre
Roxboro: Person Drive-In Theatre
Dunn: Plaza 1 & 2

Other cities in North Carolina didn’t get the film until late that year somewhere between September of October of 1975 and into early 1976.

raysson commented about Century Center closes on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

A Walgreens Drug Store opened in 2009 that was put in the original building where the Carolina Theatre used to be. The same location was also a retail store The Gap which closed in mid-2007.

The Ram Theatres closed in 2000 as a discount theatre.
It was transformed into a nightclub in 2002 and that closed in 2008. The building where the Ram was located and the nightclub used to be is now vacant or someone else has brought the property.

raysson commented about Century Center closes on Jun 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

It was the only movie theatre in the town that specialize in a variety of films,some short subjects,documentaries,independent and foreign films from different cultures and genres and showings of classic films.

There are only 4 movie theatres in Chapel Hill:

  1. The Lumina(In Southern Village off Highway 15-501 on the Southern end of Chapel Hill just before the entrance toward the Chatham-Orange County Line which is a five-screen theatre that shows mainstream films and some independent features)

  2. The Movies at Timberlyne(Located on the Northern end of Chapel Hill at Timberlyne Village off Weaver Dairy Road that is a six-screen cinema that showcases mainstream films and family features of interest. Owned and Operated by Regal Cinemas which was formerly part of Charlotte-based Eastern Federal Corporation[that also operated the now closed/demolished Village Plaza Theatres]).

  3. The Chelsea(Also located in Timberlyne Village off Weaver Dairy Road is a three-screen cinema that showcases independent and foreign films and mainstream features).

  4. The Varsity(is the only movie theatre that remains in Downtown Chapel Hill on Franklin Street that now operates as a discount theatre showing film classics and second run features. It was at one time showing foreign films and independent features before it closed in June of 2009 and reopened later that year.

At one time there were three movie theatres in Downtown Chapel Hill:
-The Carolina Theatre [closed in 2005]
-The Ram Triple Theatres [closed in 2000 as a discount theatre]
-The Varsity Theatre[the only movie theatre still in operation]

raysson commented about Beverly Center Cinemas Closing Tonight on Jun 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Is the Universal City Cinemas still opened? I heard it is the largest megaplex theatre in the United States.

raysson commented about 40 Years of 2001: A Space Odyssey! on Jun 3, 2010 at 5:05 am

“2001” was re-released numerous times during the late 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s.

I saw it once when it was re-released as a exclusive enagement showing at the LAKEWOOD CENTER THEATRE in Durham,where it was presented on the large screen in 70MM-Six Track Stereophonic Sound.
It blew my mind away!

raysson commented about Booker-T Theatre on Jun 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

The Booker-T Theatre and the Regal Theatre were the only two moviehouses during that catered to African-Americans in Durham.
There was also,which is not listed in Cinema Treasures a drive-in theatre that also was owned by Bijou Amusements that catered to African-Americans too(which was the one of two drive-in theatres in Durham that welcomed African-Americans between the 1930’s until the early to mid-1960’s)

raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on Jun 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

This will be corrected….The South Square Mall Cinemas opened officially on December 26, 1975 and it was Durham’s first-ever multiplex theatre located in Durham’s largest indoor shopping center off Chapel Hill Boulevard.

raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm

PATTON when it played at the CENTER II was presented as a roadshow enagement as was presented in 70MM-Six Track Stereophonic Sound during its release. However,it was re-released too. The CENTER also re-released other roadshow enagements like “My Fair Lady”,and “2001: A Space Odyssey”(presented in 70MM as a Durham-Chapel Hill Area Exclusive),“The Sound of Music”,“Doctor Zhivago”,and “Hello Dolly”.

It also presented other films that the CENTER show when it played as roadshow enagements as well. The World War II film “TORA! TORA! TORA!” was given the full roadshow treatment where it played for three weeks,both as an original and as a re-released. In the 1971 advertisement of the Durham Morning Herald,it was presented as a North Carolina exclusive in 70MM and Full 6-Track Stereophonic Sound with the advertisement stating..“70-MM Makes You Believe You Are There!” The roadshow treatment was given with reserved seating and three shows daily with special admission prices.

Also to point out as well….When DIRTY HARRY played at the CENTER II
during its original release on December 24, 1971, it was given also the roadshow enagement treatment and also as a exclusive enagement.

raysson commented about Siler City Drive-In on May 28, 2010 at 5:31 am

The exact location of the drive-in theatre was on Highway 64 West where the road splits. Highway 64 West and I think the road that goes into the business district is where the theatre was located and it would be to your immediate left facing U.S. 64 West. And it is before you reach the intersection where Highway 64 and Old U.S. 421
(basically,the U.S. 421 Business,which was the old 421 highway that goes into the business district of Siler City)meet and it would be still within the city limits.

Highway 64 West towards Ramseur you may have pass it. Ramseur is the next town that is right on the Chatham-Randolph County Line just a good 12 miles from Siler City. Go too far you’re end up in Asheboro and near the North Carolina Zoological Park.

raysson commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I saw THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in Durham on June 18, 1980 where it played at Durham’s Lakewood Center I & II. On opening day,the lines were snaked up and around the shopping center and folks were in line to crowd capacity around 10AM for the Noon show,and tickets were sold FAST within the first half-hour since the boxoffice didn’t open until 11:30AM that morning. It played in the biggest auditorium that had a 800 seat capacity where every seat was filled and seeing it on the huge widescreen was incredible and in DOBLY STEREO.

The Center Theatre in Durham was the only cinema in Durham that played both THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and THE RETURN OF THE JEDI,on the same huge auditorium!!!
I saw JEDI with several of my buddies during senior skip day when I was in high school and when we got there for the 11:30AM show,the lines were snaked around the theatre and also snaked all the way up the shopping center from the Kroger Grocer that is right next to the cinema all the way towards Kerr Drugs.

raysson commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

“The Empire Strikes Back” also played in theatres that had the widescreen but was shown in 35MM format and in Dobly Stereo. The theatres that shown it in the Durham and Chapel Hill Area & as far as Wilmington.

Center 1 & 2-(Plitt Southern Theatres)[Released On May 21, 1980]

Village Plaza I-II-III-(Eastern Federal)[DOBLY STEREO][June,1980]

Terrace 1 & 2-(Plitt Southern Theatres)

Plaza 1 & 2-(Martin Theatres)

Oleander Theatres I-II-III-(Stewart and Everett)–[DOBLY STEREO]

Henderson Mall Cinema-(Martin Theatres)

Town and Country Cinema 1 & 2-(Stewart and Everett)–[DOBLY STEREO]

raysson commented about Ram Triple Theater on May 20, 2010 at 1:07 am

Correction Here:

The official opening of the Movies 1-2-3 was on October 3, 1975.

The opening attractions were:
Screen One: “The Master Gunfighter” starring Tom Laughlin

Screen Two: “Give'em Hell Harry” with James Whitmore/Robert Vaughn

Screen Three: “Bugs Bunny:Superstar”, an animated cartoon feature

The Coming Attractions that came to the Movies 1-2-3 were
“Three Days of The Condor”, “Mahogany”, “Cooley High”,
“Take a Hard Ride”,and a adult X-rated feature title “Fossie”

raysson commented about Carmike Cinema 7 on May 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Carmike 7 sat in the haven of Northern Durham known as Bluefield and nearby Braggtown and Oxford Commons. Just off I-85 and Avondale Drive.

raysson commented about Carmike Cinema 7 on May 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

This theatre was also a haven for crime activity too.
Especially for that side of town as well,where police force were constantly hanging around the theatre to see if any suspicious activity was about to happen and usually it does. The Carmike 7 was also the scene of numerous indications with large crowds(mostly teenagers and rival street gangs)that were mostly a problem during the weekend showings of films. I attended a screening of “Menace II Society” one evening at the Carmike 7,when a brawl broke out during the movie with a capacity crowd in the larger auditorium. Cops were called to brake up the melee.
Sometimes you had to watch your back at this theatre since you’re going to see a movie on that section of town,never knowing what may happen and the unexpected does. The same incident also occured during a screening of “State Property” too. A lot of black oriented movies played here at the Carmike 7 when no one else didn’t want to show them.

raysson on May 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

The theatre opened in mid-1971 as a single screen theatre. This will be upgraded later.

raysson commented about Enjoy 'Iron Man 2' on May 7 by avoiding "Fake IMAX" on May 5, 2010 at 6:00 am

I would see it in full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo….One theatre in North Carolina will show it Thursday at Midnight with DLP Digital in the greater Raleigh-Durham area. Probably better go to Mission Valley to see it since it has the huge auditorium and super widescreen for this movie too.

I wouldn’t see it in IMAX….and pay $13.00???? that’s whack!!!

raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on May 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

fondling a theatre girl….these days that would be sexual harassment and statutory rape of a minor. serious charges here.
this sorry bastard of a manager deserved to be arrested too!!!
this also happened to a theatre manager in Durham too who was arrested for fondling an underage girl(statutory rape)after the young girl(who was an employee at the theatre) told police what happened to her on the job,and the next day when the manager show up for work,he was surrounded by local police and the district manager of Carmike Cinemas(which operated the cinema)and was arrested on serious charges of rape and incest of a minor.

These days if anyone did that on the job….towards any young girl,you will not only lose your job…you’ll be arrested too….its not worth it. During working hours,keep your hands to yourself,focus on your job and leave this young people alone during your shift at work.

raysson commented about THE DIRTY DOZEN: USA re-release date was ???? on Apr 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

THE DIRTY DOZEN did open on June 15,1967 at the Capitol and the 34th Street East in New York City.

It also opened at either the Uptown Theatre, The Avalon Theatre or the Cinema on the same day in Washington, DC.

The film opened in selected markets in larger cities on June 15,1967,but it didn’t open nationwide until July of 1967,the week during Independence Day.

FACT: The film was a huge boxoffice hit and it had some very tough competition too for the fight of the summer boxoffice of 1967….it’s rival?….the sixth film of the James Bond-007 series YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE was the second boxoffice draw too which made these two movies the highest grossing films of that year.

raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Apr 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

FYI: At the height of its opening,the Charlottetown Cinemas(which it was twin theatre back in 1963)mostly had rights to show exclusive roadshow enagements,which were mostly reserving seating,and were given either two or three showings daily. Most of the exclusive roadshow enagements were mostly the James Bond 007-Sean Connery films that played here that open to capacity crowds that went to see them: I know in one of the advertisement that a showing of “Goldfinger” was a roadshow enagement and so was “Thunderball” and “You Only Live Twice”. Not to mention other films were given the roadshow treatment at the Charlottetown as well including “The Greatest Story Ever Told”,and more,which it was a twin cinema during the mid-1960’s and early 1970’s,before it became a triplex theatre.

raysson commented about Belmont Drive-In on Apr 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Interesting article about this drive-in theatre which is one of the remaining drive-ins that are still in operation in North Carolina.

“Belmont Drive-In Theater Remains A Family Affair”

View link

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:37 am

From the December 24, 1962 article of the Durham Morning Herald:





-Luxurious Foam Cushioned Seats for utmost comfort
-Extra Wide 42" Spacing Between Rows of Seats
-Most Up-To-Date Sound And Projection Equipment
-Sensational Aqua Waterfall Contour Curtain
-Perforated Corrugated Aluminum Sidewalls for Beauty and perfect Acoustical Reproduction
-Revolutionary new box office in lobby-first in the Carolinas.

Spacious Lobby and Lounge Area Features Modern Concession Stand,
The Latest Built-In Vending Center and Indoor Box Office.

800-seat auditorium equipped with Wide-Spaced Foam Cushioned Seats,
Extra Widescreen, Full Waterfall Curtain.