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raysson commented about 40 Years of 2001: A Space Odyssey! on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

“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!

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raysson commented about Booker-T Theatre on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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)

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raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on Jun 2, 2010 at 3:00 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.

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raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Jun 1, 2010 at 3:52 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.

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raysson commented about Siler City Drive-In on May 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 27, 2010 at 12:22 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.

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raysson commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

Mike:
“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.

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

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

BURLINGTON:
Terrace 1 & 2-(Plitt Southern Theatres)

ROCKINGHAM:
Plaza 1 & 2-(Martin Theatres)

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

HENDERSON:
Henderson Mall Cinema-(Martin Theatres)

ABERDEEN/SOUTHERN PINES:
Town and Country Cinema 1 & 2-(Stewart and Everett)–[DOBLY STEREO]

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raysson commented about Ram Triple Theater on May 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Raysson:
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”

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinema 7 on May 13, 2010 at 1:21 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.

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raysson commented about Carmike Cinema 7 on May 13, 2010 at 1:20 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.

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raysson on May 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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

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raysson commented about Enjoy 'Iron Man 2' on May 7 by avoiding "Fake IMAX" on May 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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!!!

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raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on May 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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.

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raysson commented about THE DIRTY DOZEN: USA re-release date was ???? on Apr 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

FYI:
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.

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raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Apr 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

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.

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raysson commented about Belmont Drive-In on Apr 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

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”

article:
View link

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raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Apr 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR ALL OF DURHAM

THE SOUTH’S MOST NEWEST AND MODERN THEATRE

NORTHGATE THEATRE IN DURHAM’S NORTHGATE SHOPPING CENTER

THE BEAUTIFUL NEE NORTHGATE THEATRE OPENS AT 2 P.M. CHRISTMAS DAY.
LOCATED IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF NORTHGATE SHOPPING CENTER,NEXT TO BALENTINE’S BUFFET AND REBEL ROOM.

3 FULL ACRES OF FREE PARKING!
FEATURING FIRST-RUN MOVIES, COLOR CARTOONS, NEWS REELS
-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.

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

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

OUR GRAND OPENING ATTRACTION:
“JUMBO”

WITH FREE 1,000 GIANT JUMBO CIRCUS BALLOONS WHILE THEY LAST!!!

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Apr 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The Opening Attraction was “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"
starring Paul Newman. It was also noted,that legendary actress Ava Gardner was in Raleigh to promoted her new movie and to promoted the official opening of the Mission Valley Cinemas on March 2, 1973.
The film during its opening was shown on both screens……..

However,the official opening of Mission Valley Cinema II,came the following week with the nature-adventure documentary family film
“EDGE OF THE ARCTIC ICE”.

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Apr 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

From the March 1, 1973 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer:

GRAND OPENING TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:00PM!!!

A NEW MAGNIFICENCE IN MOVIE-MAGIC!

RALEIGH’S NEWEST TWIN THEATRES FOR EASTERN CAROLINA!!!

-TWIN COMFORT Rocking Chair Luxorious Seats

-TWIN PROJECTION Finest automated equipment on two mammoth widescreens!

-PERFECT VISION IN OUR TWIN THEATRES Every row is perfectly spaced for your viewing pleasure!

-ELEGANT DECOR AND APPOINTMENTS With Double Lobbies

-ACRES OF LIGHTED FRONT DOOR PARKING!!

-MATINEES EVERYDAY!!!

“OUR GRAND OPENING ATTRACTION SHOWING ON BOTH SCREENS"
………..THE "BUTCH CASSIDY” HIT OF 1973…………….
“THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN Starring PAUL NEWMAN"
with North Carolina’s Own AVA GARDNER

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raysson commented about Mission Valley Cinemas on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

The Mission Valley opened on March 2, 1973 as a twin cinema (aka Mission Valley Cinema I & II) that was owned and operated under Fairlane-Litchfeld Theatres.
The original auditorium in Screen One had a seating capacity of 515,when Screen Two had a seating capacity of 490,when it was a twin cinema until 1983.

Construction began in 1983 when two auditoriums were added keeping the original auditorium intact. Later on in 1983,three more auditoriums were also added. The original auditorium remained intact with the largest screen(it kept the original auditorium for the screening of RETURN OF THE JEDI IN 1983).

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raysson commented about Riverview Twin Cinema on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

“Beverly Hills Cop” and “Purple Rain” played at the Riverview Cinema to record crowds when it was a single screen theatre back in the early-to-mid 1980’s. The seating capacity was around 545.

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raysson commented about Final Season for 'At the Movies' on Apr 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Who remembers SNEAK PREVIEWS when they had Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert? I fondly remember this show back in the mid-1970’s and watch it religiously during the 1980’s and 1990’s. I had a photo of Gene and Roger from those Golden days. When Public Broadcasting was the show to watch for informative and educational programming!

The show hasn’t been the same since the tragic and sudden loss of Gene Siskel….his replacement? From Neal Gabler to Leonard Matlin and in one segment some jerk who was so arrogant that he almost killed this beloved and well respected show. It hasn’t been the same since…..I think Rex Reed and Gene Shalit(of NBC’s Today Show)came on board as special guest commentators.

It will be a sad days when they take this show off the air after more than 30 years on both public television and in syndication.
It will be truly,truly,truly,missed…..Bless you Roger Ebert whereever you are!

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raysson commented about Janus Theatres on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

The last picture shows at the Janus Theatres were on June 22,2000. When the Janus Theatres close its doors forever,it was replaced with the huge 20-plex Carousel Cinemas just down the street on Battleground Avenue.

A row of condos now stands where the Janus Theatres once stood.

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raysson commented about Terrace Theatres at Friendly Center on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

The Terrace Theatre opened in 1965 as a single screen theatre that was owned and operated by Wilby-Kincey Theatres with super widescreen format that was capable of showing either 35MM or 70MM films. The auditorium was incredibly huge with a seating capacity of 800.
It remained a single screen theatre until the early-1970’s when a second auditorium was built that added over 600 seats when it was still under Wilby-Kincey Theatres.

By the late 1970’s a third screen was added,taking the second auditorium by split it down the middle,keeping the original 800 seat auditorium intact. Also the original auditorium was install with a six-track Dobly Stereo system in 1980 for the showing of “The Empire Strikes Back”,which was shown in 70MM when it was operated under the Plitt Southern Theatres banner.

By the mid-1980’s,the original auditorium was split down the middle as well making a fourth screen…by either the mid-1980’s or early 1990’s,two more screens were added with Janus Theatres acquired the Terrace Theatres from Plitt Southern Theatres until its closing in the late 1990’s. The theatre has since been demolished in early 2000 or 2001 to make way for expansion of Greensboro’s Friendly Center. Another theatre replaced it with a huge 16-screen megaplex that was located on the opposite end of Friendly Center.

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raysson commented about Terrace Theatres 1 & 2 on Mar 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

the official closing of the TERRACE was on February 14, 1991.
At the time this theatre was under the Cineplex Odeon banner