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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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of the Universal films played at the Carolina Theatre:
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD"
"THE WAR WAGON"
"THE SECRET WAR OF HARRY FRIGG"
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….
It was also known as the Regency Theatres I & II
Virginia has several Carmike Cinemas,including one that just opened up near Washington,DC.
Check out the site at www.carmike.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A lot of UA films played at the Carolina Theatre:
“THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN"
"IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT"
"THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN"
"ELECTRA GUIDE IN BLUE"
"FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE"
"A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS"
"THE GOOD,THE BAD,AND THE UGLY"
"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"
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.
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.
Carolina Theatre bids farewell to Campanero. Read the full feature story at:
Yes,not only THUNDERBALL,AND YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
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.
It also showed ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE(George
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.
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The headquarters for the CNN Network and Turner Broadcasting are still there.
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?
Cool. I too remember the drive-in as a kid.
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.
The network television premiere of BACK TO THE FUTURE premiered on ABC in 1990.