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The Varsity also showed reissued or re-released classic films…..
It did brought in the record crowds when it showed a reissue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo once back in the early 90’s.
“Star Wars” played at the Varsity in 1977 to record breaking crowds and it was a huge favorite when it was a single screen theatre. I also remember seeing “Saturday Night Fever” there as well as “Conan The Barbarian”. When it was a single screen theatre,I do recall it had late shows on Friday and Saturday nights during the 1970’s and into the early 1980’s. One late show that it did featured was “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”,and other films of interest including one showing of “The Story of O”(the X-rated version)when the Varsity was a single screen theatre. A typical grindhouse theatre that was a showcase for Downtown Chapel Hill in its day.
Construction began in 1983,when the single screen auditorium was split in two,making it a twin cinema. It reopened in late-1983 as the Varsity 1 & 2,under new management. The theatre however started showing independent and foreign films as well as first-run features on a limited basis which it still does today.
A lot has really changed over the years.
In its heyday,you had the movie theatre,Riverview Furniture Store,
G.C. Murphy’s Department Store,Upchurch Drugs,and Big Star Food Store.
Upchurch Drugs and Riverview Furniture are the only two stores that has been in the same area since the Riverview Shopping Center opened in the early 1970’s. And are still in operation,anchored by a huge Kroger Supermarket and Drugs,which sits in the middle of the shopping center.
The G.C. Murphy’s and the Big Star Grocery are gone. And so is also the Riverview Cinema.
I highly remember this! This was a pretty good size drive-in theatre that was located between two major highways(Intersection of U.S. 74 West at U.S. 601)on the outskirts of Monroe. Did tremendous business until its closing somewhere during the 1980’s.
the drive-in theatre was located off Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville.
Owned and operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres at one time and later on by Plitt Southern Theatres until it close in 1981.
Look under the website (http://movie-theatre.org).
The Carmike Cinemas 12 in Fayetteville did not close. However,it remains open under Carmike.
Do yourself a favor pal,and get your stats right before posting!!!!
The cinema was demolished in November of 2008. The council board for the City of Durham should have did something to preserve this classic theatre by saving it from the wrecking ball. It could have been a second arthouse cinema if those friends of the Carolina Theatre step in and save it from being destroyed.
Most of these Disney films were shown at the Northgate as double features,but when it was a single screen theatre show a LOT of Disney films. They cut it back when the Northgate became a twin cinema.
Between 1962 through 1974,a LOT of the James Bond 007 movies played here at the Carolina Theatre: Most of these Bond films were shown as double features.
THE BOND FILMS THAT PLAYED AT THE CAROLINA THEATRE-DURHAM:
"From Russia With Love"
"You Only Live Twice"
"On Her Majesty’s Secret Service"
"Diamonds Are Forever"
"Live and Let Die"
"The Man With The Golden Gun”
A lot of good movies played here at the Ram Triple Theatres:
The lines snaked all the way down Rosemary Street in 1981 for the opening show of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” which was screened in cinema one to capacity crowds.
Other movies that played here were “First Blood”,
“The Last American Virgin”,“Tim Burton’s Batman”,
“Rambo:First Blood Part II”,“Marathon Man” when it was a first-run theatre.
the theatre opened in 1975 about the same time Hanes Mall open its doors as Winston-Salem’s largest and most popular shopping center.
the cinema closed in 2001.
I have some Eastern Federal Theatres “Movie Money” certificates. I know the company is not in business,but I can still use them now that Eastern Federal was acquired by Regal Cinemas Corporation. Can I still use them,and if so where? I live in Chapel Hill,NC where there were two Eastern Federal Theatres:
Village Plaza Theatres 5-[Closed and Demolished]
Movies at Timberlyne
And I also acquired “Movie Money” certificates for another Eastern Federal Theatre that was in Rockingham,NC. during the mid-1980’s……:
*Richmond Plaza Cinema I & II-[Closed]
The location of the Terrace Theatres was in a shopping center complex that was very visible from the highway
especially if you’re coming from Greensboro into town where the intersection of Interstate 85 South and U.S. 52 meet once you’re in Salisbury. The shopping center where the cinema was is on the right.
FYI: There is also a Northgate Theatre listed in Durham,North Carolina as well. Listed in Cinema Treasures as the Northgate Twin Theatres.
FYI: The Carolina Circle Mall Cinemas 6 was the first theatre in the state of North Carolina that was under
the AMC Theatres banner when it opened in November of 1976. The first in North Carolina and the first for Greensboro.
Now,AMC Theatres operates three theatres in the greater Metro Charlotte area including one in Concord,and they’re getting ready to open up another one set to open in North Raleigh very soon near Triangle Towne Center.
Also once owned and operated by Martin Theatres,and later acquired by Carmike Cinemas. I can’t believe that its about to be demolished.
the correct website is www.in70mm.com
Superman:The Movie never played at the Park Terrace
A Walgreens Drug Store will be built on East Franklin Street where the once Gap Store was and formerly The Carolina Theatre.
There is an retrospective article of movies that were shown in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo at the Park Terrace.
The website is www.70mm.com The Park Terrace was one of the two theatres in North Carolina to shown the following movies which made there exclusive 70MM premieres in Charlotte:
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
RETURN OF THE JEDI
The Thruway Theatres had the privilege of showing “The Return of the Jedi” in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo when it had its premiere in the Triad in 1983. It was one of two theatres in the Carolina that had this equipped.
The other premiere of this was in Charlotte.
The theatre site has been redesigned and it is now a discount theatre after the opening of the Smithfield Outlet Mall Cinemas 10 in 2004.
The Howell is showing second-run features these days.
And is the ONLY theatre that is in business in Downtown Smithfield.
The theatre was located in the Reynolda Manor Shopping Center at the intersection of Fairlawn Drive and Slias Creek Parkway on the northern end of the city. It was operated under the Stewart and Everett Theatre chain and later on was owned and operated under the Martin Theatres chain and later by Carmike Cinemas.
I fondly remember seeing “King Kong Versus Godzilla” years ago back in the 1970’s when it was re-released.
They should also show “King Kong Escapes” too. as part of a double feature bill.
The Charleston Ultravision opened somewhere between 1966 or 1967.
It operated as a single screen theatre that had the round auditorium that incredibly huge with the largest widescreen anywhere which was a first for Charleston,and the public loved it. It remained a single screen cinema until the mid-1970’s or early 1980’s when this beautifully designed round auditorium was split in two making it a twin cinema.