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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

Today’s edition of the Chapel Hill News:
The Varsity Theatre celebrates its first year after reopening one of Chapel Hill’s greatest landmarks.
More on this story:

raysson commented about AMC Southpoint 17 on Nov 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Coming Soon: The IMAX Experience at Southpoint Mall Cinemas

raysson commented about Carolina Theatre on Nov 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

For the record: All 4 of the Beatles films also played at the Carolina as well. From the record-breaking
“A Hard Day’s Night”, to the other Beatles movies like “HELP!”, “Yellow Submarine”,and “Let It Be” played to capacity crowds. They played first-run at the Carolina,because it was the outlet for a lot of films released under United Artists. And just like the Bond pics were huge boxoffice,of course UA re-released these Beatles films as double bills(one had a double feature of “A Hard Day’s Night”,and “HELP!” that was in re-release)which were huge boxoffice draws themselves.

raysson commented about Raleigh Road Drive-In on Nov 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

The Raleigh Road Drive-In must have been located off U.S. 401 North

raysson commented about Cardinal Theatres I & II on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

The opening attraction for the June 24, 1977 opening of the Cardinal I & II was the WWII action flick
“A Bridge Too Far” with Sean Connery, Robert Redford and Hardy Kruger(Screen 2).

Screen 1,the original auditorium had the general release of “For The Love of Benji” on June 24, 1977.

raysson commented about Criterion Theatre on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

You’re correct. At one time,there were at least seven moviehouses located in the vicinity of Downtown Durham which were: The Uptown, The Carolina, The Rialto, also
The Center, The Wonderland, The Arcade,and The Criterion. By 1965,three of its movie theatres Downtown Durham would suddenly vanished forever.
The Center(East Chapel Hill Street)closed its doors at moved to the suburbs by November,1966(to Lakewood Shopping Center)and was demolished to make way for the Mutual Savings and Loan building,leaving the Rialto,the Carolina,and the Criterion as the only three operating moviehouses located Downtown. By 1966,the Uptown,the Wonderland,and the Arcade were gone. By 1970,the Rialto closed its doors forever,leaving the Criterion and the Carolina as the only two operating movie theatres Downtown. All that was about to change by 1975 when the Criterion Theatre closed,leaving the Carolina Theatre as the last remaining place to see a movie in Downtown Durham(which is to this day still operational). All of the adult films and “B” movie pictures by 1975 either ended up playing at the Carolina Theatre downtown or you had to go to the northern edge of the city to see them(The Riverview Cinema in North Durham,which is posted on this cinema treasures site),and other movie houses in Durham.

raysson commented about 74 West Drive-In on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

What was the name of the other drive-in theatre located in Wadesboro? Was this drive-in theatre located on the other side of Highway 74 or on Highway 52? Just asking since I’m from Anson County.

raysson commented about Wadesboro Cinema on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:52 am


What street was the Wadesboro Cinema located on?

What year did this theatre opened? Or did this cinema opened before the Ansonia did?

**I know exactly where the Ansonia Theatre is on Rutherfordton Street in Downtown Wadesboro,and according to your vital research and information,this cinema must have opened before the Ansonia did.

raysson commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:58 am


United Artists re-released WEST SIDE STORY numerous times during the early 1970’s. The last time it was shown theatrically in re-released was back in either 1972, 1973 or 1975.

raysson commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

Other larger Southern cities like Atlanta, Nashville, Richmond,
Memphis, Raleigh, didn’t get the film until either December of 1956 or early-to-mid 1957 during its initial general release.

raysson commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

Raleigh and Charlotte were not roadshow enagements.

Raleigh and Charlotte did not have this film shown in 70MM.

OKLAHOMA! when it premiered in the South,was shown only in selected cities in selected markets. Not of which ever played in the Carolinas.

The film’s 35MM general release didn’t come until November of 1956.
Raleigh and Charlotte only got the general release dates,but the film didn’t come that way until either December of 1956 or early-to-mid 1957. Other cities within the Carolinas didn’t get the film until either 1957 or 1958,and some cities didn’t get the film until 1960.

During its 35MM general release in the Carolinas,Charlotte got it first and then Raleigh. Other cities within the Carolinas didn’t get it until the summer of 1957.

raysson commented about Hollywood East Cinema Grill on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

The Long Leaf Mall Cinema 1 & 2 opened in 1973 by Stewart and Everett Theatres. It was the second twin theatre to opened in the greater Wilmington area since the Oleander Cinemas 1 & 2 opened in 1970. During the 1970’s and part of the 1980’s,Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres operated all of the movie theatres in Wilmington including its Downtown theatres(Bailey Theatre,Colony Theatre),and drive-ins(Highway 17 North,and the Skyview Drive-Ins)

raysson commented about College Road Cinemas on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

College Road Cinemas opened on June 3, 1983 as a six-screen cinema owned and operated by Fairlane-Litchfeld Corporation. By the mid-to-late 1980’s United Artists Theatres took over the operations until its closing in the mid-1990’s.

It was demolished on October 26, 2010.

raysson commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

Just in time for its 50th Anniversary in 2011. One of the top ten greatest movie musicals ever made and was a huge boxoffice hit when it came out back in 1961.

Question: Two of its original stars Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno are still around? I know Natalie Wood is no longer with us.

raysson commented about "Alien" 30th Anniversary on Nov 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Rumor has it that there will be another installment of ALIEN…this time around with Swedish newcomer Noomi Rapace in the title role. You know from the “Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest”?

raysson commented about Rave to operate former Magic Johnson Theater in Baldwin Hills after renovations on Nov 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Stadium seating really puts a theatre to an advantage. Here in North Carolina,the seating in some of these auditoriums is horrible.

There used to be a Baldwin Hills Theatre or The Crenshaw Theatre…is that still there????

I’ll take films in 70MM over 3-D anyday.

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Nov 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Mike Rogers:
Speaking of certain movies or theatre chains that got them,in Durham the only ABC/Plitt movie chain(the Lakewood Center)was the outlet for Warner Bors.,Columbia, and Twentieth Century-Fox.

The Carolina Theatre(Downtown Durham)was the outlet for not only United Artists films,but was also the outlet for Universal too. A lot of the James Bond 007 films(1962-1974)played here.

The Yorktowne Theatre(Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.)was the outlet for a lot of films released through Paramount Pictures and sometimes catered to independent films.

The Northgate Theatre(Club Boulevard)was the outlet for Disney and MGM.

The Riverview Cinema(Roxboro Road)catered to blaxploitation, adult, and kung-fu flicks. All theatres mentioned are on this cinema treasures site.

raysson commented about Northgate Twin Theatres on Nov 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

The Northgate Cinema 10 is not a expansion/renovation of the former Northgate Twin Theatres. The listing is on the cinema treasures site under “Phoenix Cinema 10” which will be updated. Due to my extensive knowledge of Durham movie theatres,the original Northgate Theatre was on the opposite end of the shopping center,next door to Sears facing Guess Road and Club Boulevard. The Northgate Cinema 10,which opened in 2005 is located on the opposite section of the mall. The cinema opened in what was the former Belk Leggett Department Store,former Hecht’s Department Store and former Thalhimers. The Northgate Cinema 10 is owned and operated by East Coast Entertainment Corporation and I heard that Regal Cinemas is set to take over operations which will be the first-ever Regal movie plex in Durham.

raysson commented about Forest Drive-In on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Located off Capital Boulevard near the Raleigh Beltline in the Brentwood section of the city.

raysson commented about "Alien" 30th Anniversary on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Played First-Run at PARK TERRACE THEATRE in Charlotte,NC. Was shown in the largest auditorium(seating capacity of 700)and in 70MM-Six Track Dobly Stereo. The only North Carolina theatre that show it in 70MM during its original enagement.

Other cities wouldn’t get the film until June or July of 1979 that was either presented in 35MM and in Dobly Stereo….

Terrace Theatres 1 & 2

Village Plaza Theatres I-II-III [DOBLY STEREO]

Cardinal Theatres 1 & 2

Lakewood Center Theatres 1 & 2 [DOBLY STEREO]

Bordeaux Theatres 1 & 2

Oleander Cinemas 1 & 2

raysson commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

North Carolina:

Charlotte-Carolina Theatre


Other cities didn’t get the film until 1956 or early to mid-1957

raysson commented about "The Alamo"...Happy 50th! on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I have seen “The Alamo” in its original format years ago when it was re-released in its original 192 minute-run in full 70MM print.
I love seeing older classics film being restored and re-released!
Not only “The Alamo”,but seeing a lot of films released from 1960 have been restored and re-released in theatres including “Spartacus"
"Inherit The Wind”,“Exodus”,“Psycho!”,and many,many more.

raysson commented about Landis Theatre starts classic movie series on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm

We’re coming toward the 50th Anniversary of “Breakfast At Tiffany’s"
The film is still being showed throughout the country.

raysson commented about Need info on a theatre? We can help! on Oct 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Good Afternoon,
I don’t know if there is a Cinema Preservation Group here in the greater Raleigh-Durham area,but I done some research on several movie houses in the Triangle area. I wanted to asked you if you need assistance. email me at

raysson commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

About “The Tingler”………
William Castle was a genius for every gimmick he pulled to lure audiences in and scared the smoke out of them. The same gimmicks were implied to a lot of films from William Castle.

“13 Ghosts”(also directed by Castle)had a gimmick to it as well…since the film was in black and white with the spirits shown in full color,something never heard of in 1960 when this film was released.