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raysson commented about Town & Country 2 on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Open in 1966 as a 600-seat single screen theatre originally operated by Charlotte-based Stewart & Everett Theatres. By mid-1977,a newly construction 325-seat auditorium was added to the original auditorium,making it a twin cinema while it kept the original auditorium’s 600-seating capacity for the theatre’s booking of STAR WARS which came out around July or August of 1977. The theatre closed in 2007 and as of this writing it is still intact. It has shown signs of wear and tear.

1966-1976 Stewart and Everett Theatres
1976-1985 Martin Theatres(was twinned in 1977)
1985-2000-Carmike Cinemas
2000-2003-All Star Theatres
2003-2007-Frank Theatres

raysson commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Interestingly,Charlotte and Raleigh were the only cities in North Carolina to play the original reserved-seat enagement in 70MM.
Charlotte’s Carolina and Raleigh’s Ambassador were both equipped to show films presented in 70MM and in stereophonic sound.

The 35MM version played later on in Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem,and Wilmington. But it didn’t come to those cities until late 1956 or early or mid 1957.

raysson commented about Garner Towne Square 10 closes on Oct 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The Garner Towne Square 10 was one of several multiplexes that United Artists owned and operated during the 1990’s. United Artists here in the triangle(in the greater Raleigh area)operated two other theatres at the time…..Mission Valley and Imperial.

The theatre also operated as a discount moviehouse as well for a short while charging $2.00 for all shows as the second discount theatre to operate in Raleigh(in competition with Blue Ridge Cinemas).

Regal took over the operations of the Garner Towne Square 10,and despite tough competition from the White Oak megaplex 10 miles down the road(when Regal managed it and Carolina Cinemas took over the operations),the cinema ceased operations as of October 1,2010.

raysson commented about Happy 50th, "Spartacus" on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

That is if Michael adds them on this site, here are the original release dates:
“THE ALAMO”(Batjac Productions/United Artists)-was released on October 24, 1960. There are 2 versions of this film;the original 202 minute running time that was shown in selected markets;and the 167 minute version that went to general release.

“EXODUS”(Carlyle Productions/Otto Preminger/United Artists)was released a week before Christmas on December 15, 1960 with its original running time of 212 minutes.

raysson commented about Happy 50th, "Spartacus" on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

In its original 1967 re-released,only 23 minutes was cut from the original film,including the “infamous” bath scene and the “notorious” suicide scene with Charles Laughton that was missing from its original 194 minute running.

raysson commented about Happy 50th, "Spartacus" on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

The 1967 re-released of “Spartacus” was cut from several scenes including the “infamous” bath scene with Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis. The film was also re-released again in selected markets in 1970 as well.

But it wasn’t until 1994,when that scene and others were faithfully restored in its original 194 minute running time when it was re-released back in theatres in selected cities for its enagement,this time around with the original Technicolor restoration(by Robert Harris and James Katz),and presented in 70MM-Six Track Dobly Stereo.

raysson commented about Happy 50th, "Spartacus" on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

About its North Carolina Enagement:
The Center Theatre in Charlotte was its only roadshow enagement showing that premiered on June 23,1961.
Other cities didn’t get this film until later on during 1961 and within its general release in 1962. But I do remember where “Spartacus” was booked……
-State Theatre
-Carolina Theatre
-Fox Theatre

raysson commented about Sing-along "Sound of Music" to play 498 theaters on October 19 & 26 on Oct 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Exclusive Area Enagements are available come November at the following theatres in North Carolina. And it it presented in its original 70MM format and Dobly Stereo sound.
-Charlotte (70MM) at either Park Terrace or Manor
-Raleigh/Cary at the Galaxy Theatre
-Chapel Hill at the Varsity
-Durham at the Carolina Theatre

raysson commented about N.C. State University Campus Center Cinema on Oct 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

There is a website to get more information…..

raysson commented about Frank Theatres and Entertainment Centers coming to Murrells Inlet, SC in 2011 on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

COMING SOON to Cary, Holly Springs, and Wilson.

raysson commented about Frank Theatres and Entertainment Centers coming to Murrells Inlet, SC in 2011 on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Just like Carmike and Cineplex Odeon did when they ruined all of the great moviehouses in North Carolina. Speaking of which,Frank Theatres operates several movie theatres in the state and mostly operated in small towns in North Carolina. Frank Theatres operates multiplexes in Sanford, Shallotte, Southern Pines/Aberdeen, New Bern
and even as far as Shelby,Morganton and Mount Airy.

raysson commented about Valley Twin Theatres on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

The location for this theatre was on Sycamore Dairy Road. It opened in the early-or-mid 1970’s as a twin cinema under Schneider-Merl Corporation before it was taken over by Martin Theatres and later on by Carmike Cinemas until its closing in the early 1990’s.

A car dealership now sits where the cinema once stood.

raysson commented about Myrtle Beach Drive-In on Sep 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

There were two drive-in theatres in Myrtle Beach…..

One was the Myrtle Drive-In Theatre….

The other was the Highway 17 North Drive-In Theatre

raysson commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

The Rialto and The Criterion were demolished in the mid-1970’s to make way for a parking lot and nearby office buildings. The offices of the Durham County Judicial Building and Courthouse and the Durham County Sheriff’s Department was constructed in the mid-1970’s and it officially open to the public in 1978 where the two theatres once stood right around the corner from each other in Downtown Durham where the intersections of East Main Street,Church Street,and East Parrish Street stand.

raysson commented about Tower Drive-In on Sep 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

The drive-in closed in early 1975 and was demolished. Located off New Bern Avenue near the Raleigh Beltline in Southeast Raleigh,
The Tower Drive-In Theatre sat where Tower Shopping Center and Tower Merchants Shopping Center now stands.

raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Aug 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

While “My Fair Lady” played in 1971 as a re-released,the CENTER also re-released other classic films as exclusive enagements presented in 70MM. Among them “Lawrence of Arabia”,“Gone With The Wind”,“Ben-Hur”,
“Ryan’s Daughter”,and “Giant” to name a few.

raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

CENTER II’s featured attraction in October of 1971 was a James Garner flick called “Skin Game”. While CENTER I re-released “My Fair Lady”,and it was given the exclusive enagement run presented in 70MM. While “Skin Game” didn’t do well in the second auditorium,the next attraction “Billy Jack” for the CENTER II was a megahit when it played to record crowds in late-October of 1971.

raysson commented about Ram Triple Theater on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

The building where the Ram Theatres is still vacant.
The nightclub closed in 2007 and its been empty ever since. However,a barber shop has opened next door where it took over part of where the club was at the main entrance of the theatre.

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

A lot of the Universal films played at the Carolina Theatre:

raysson commented about 3-D boom going bust? on Aug 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Who remembers when theatre chains had a bargain matinee policy where all seats were $3.00 before 6:00PM,and night admission was $5.75???
General Cinema had this policy and so did at one time Carmike.

Carmike used to have Tuesday Night Bargain where you can see a show,first-run at discount prices….

raysson commented about South Hills Twin Cinema on Aug 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

It was also known as the Regency Theatres I & II

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.