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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.

raysson commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

I rather see “House on Haunted Hill” in newly restored 35MM print,the way it was meant to be seen!

raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

***Cinema National which owned and operated the South Square Mall Cinemas from 1975 until 1984,operated many cinemas in the greater Syracuse,New York area and all of the New England and Southeastern states. The chain was bought out by Loews Incorporated(or Loews Theatres)in 1984. Boston-based USA Theatres(which took some of the theatres that Cinema National operated)took over the South Square Mall Cinemas' operations until the early 1990’s which Carmike Cinemas acquired the theatres' operations until it closing in either 1992 or 1994.

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