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The Grant’s Department Store at Lakewood Shopping Center closed in the mid-1970’s. It was one of two Grant’s stores in the Durham area(the other was over at Wellons Village also closed in the mid-1970’s) It was transformed into Carolina Office Supply,which took over the W.T. Grant Building until it closed in early 1991.
A Food Lion Grocer sits where the former Grant’s Department Store used to be. Also Carolina Office Supply at Lakewood Shopping Center.
The Woolworth’s at Lakewood closed its doors forever in early 1997.
A Thrift Store has been located in the former Woolworth’s Dept.Store.
The Kroger Grocer(which was next door to the Center Theatre)closed its doors in 1986,when it moved to a 47,000 square foot new supermarket that was over on Shannon Road next to South Square Mall.
It was briefly had another grocer there(Byrd’s Food Center)which didn’t last long due to the vacancy of a once great shopping plaza.
A Community Center sits where it was once occupied by Kroger.
The Center Theatre closed in 2001 by Carmike Cinemas. It was converted into a surplus store run by Duke University. That closed in early 2006. The theatre sits stand and now it has been turned into a community center and a church.
“Boo-Boo and Rat Fink” the parody of the Batman TV show that starred Arch Hall.
1979 was also the year of the alien…..
Who remembers a science fiction/horror flick called “The Dark”? Produced by Dick Clark and starred Cathy Lee Crosby and Casey Kasem?
Wasn’t Vincent Price and Christopher Lee did a vampire flick back in 1979? I do recall seeing it when it played as a double feature at a local drive-in theatre.
1979 was the year I was in junior high school when the manager of this theatre didn’t even care if he let 13 and 14 year-olds into seeing an “R” rated film.
This was formerly part of the United Artists Theatres chain.
I’m glad this cinema had the decency of restoring classic films. I agree with the previous comment,why cut 30 whole minutes out of an epic movie? What an atrocity! A disgrace!
If you’re going to see the movie,see it the way it was MEANT to be seen…in a large theatre complete with a huge auditorium and a widescreen capable of showing films that were presented in full 70MM Ultra Panavision/Cinerama!
BEGINNING AUGUST 7, 2009…………
The Garner Towne Square Cinema 10 will be running second run features at incredible discount prices!!!
ALL SHOWS-ALL TIMES ARE JUST $2.00!!!
For more information on this see…..
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a cult late show favorite since it premiere at the Rialto every Friday night since the late 1980’s…..Always shown every Friday night at midnight.
The 1966 version of “Batman” the theatrical version was a “B” picture that was hilarious with Adam West as Batman.
“Creature From The Black Lagoon"
"The Giant Colossal Man"
"The Thing From Another World"
"The Guy From Harlem"
"The Fast and the Furious"
"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"
"Battle From Beyond The Stars"
"Dracula Fights Back From Beyond The Grave"
"The Seven Brides of Dracula"
"The House of Dark Shadows"
"The Seven Brothers of Kung-Fu"
"The Curse of Fu-Manchu"
"Cleopatra Jones and the Casino Of Gold"
"It’s Terror from Beyond Outer Space"
"Island at the top of the World"
"At The Earth’s Core"
"The Trip” or Anything from American International Pictures
“The Little Mind of Dirty Sally"
"Deep Throat”(which was a “B” movie that was rated XXX)
“Dirty Mary,Crazy Larry"
"Once Before I Die"
"Abar”(the “B” movie version of the black Superman)
“The Toxic Avenger"
"The Adventures of Boo-Boo and Rat Fink"
Anything from the mind of Arch Hall,Jr.
Anything that has the words "Emmanuelle” or “Emanuelle"
"Three The Hard Way"
"Cotton Comes From Harlem"
"Come Back Charleston Blue"
"Sweet Jesus Preacher Man"
"She Gods of the Shark Reef"
"Hercules”(the Steve Reeves version from 1959)
“Too Dead To Be Alive”–(a “B” movie western-horror film from 1968)
“I Was Married To A Monster From Space"
“Return of The Fly”–(1959)
“Revenge of the Fly”–(1964)
There was also the Capital Drive-In Theatre which was on North Boulevard(aka Capital Blvd.) in North Raleigh just minutes from the Raleigh Beltline that was not listed on this site.
I’m glad it was turned into a community space for social events.
The South Hills when it opened in 1973 was basically a single screen theatre,and was one of the first movie theatres in Cary.
It was twinned later on during the mid-to-late 1970’s.
It was also a discount movie house in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s until its closing in 1994.
Its has been turned into a office complex.
This theatre and the Town and Country 2 were only a few minutes apart.
The 70MM-Six Track Dobly Stereo Presentations for Batman were in selected theatres in these cities:
Also for more information see this site on:
There was another sequel for Batman called……
“Batman Returns” that roared into theatres in June of 1992. This one was probably the last one of the Batman installment that Tim Burton directed,before the franchise went into oblivion. This was also was the last one that brought back Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight taking on his most dangerous and deadliest foe:
“The Penguin”,played with icy precision by Danny DeVito. Also on board too were Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. This one also broke boxoffice went it opened in the summer of 1992. “Batman Returns” also shown in selection theatres in its full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo Presentations.
I recall seeing in 1975 “Jaws” on the marquee along at the time when the Yorktowne was becoming a twin cinema. The other movie on the marquee at the time was “The French Connection II”. The lines for “Jaws” were record breaking with sold-out shows and the lines stretching from the entrance to the theatre all the way toward the E.F. Hutton Building Parking Lot facing Bedford Street and Chapel Hill Boulevard.
The drive-in theatre has been demolished. The entrance for the Super Wal-Mart has been built where the Starlite Drive-In Theatre once stood.
Rumor has it that the Varsity maybe turned into a performing arts center. That at least will bring back the thriving business that was located in Downtown Chapel Hill.
It is sad to see it close its doors as a popular Chapel Hill landmark.
Rumor has it that it will be converted into a performing arts center.
Was this part of the United Artists Theatres chain? I was reading this and the cinema had a UA logo.
“The Last Picture Show At The Varsity Theatre"
From the Independent Magazine Site: July 1, 2009.
“The Varsity Theatre leaves Franklin Street Dark"
From the Daily Tar Heel,Thursday July 2, 2009.
The Daily Tar Heel is the student newspaper for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“The Last Picture Show at the Varsity Theatre"
Independent Magazine from July 1, 2009.
“The Varsity Theatre leaves Franklin Street Dark"
The Daily Tar Heel Newspaper,Thursday,July 2, 2009.
Read Jonathan Pattishall’s report at this site:
I highly remember coming to this drive-in as a kid during the 1970’s….The drive-in was located between highways N.C. 200,and U.S. 601 and U.S. 74.
As of June 26, 2009,the Chelsea on Weaver Dairy Road at Timberlyne Shopping Center remains the only independently owned and operated movie house in Chapel Hill.
As of June 26, 2009,the Varsity Theatre on East Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill has closed its doors forever,leaving the Downtown area without a movie house. The theatre has been rumored to be turned into a performing arts center. No word on that will be mentioned.
I remember also seeing Kevin Costner’s Oscar winning epic “Dances With Wolves” in the early 1990’s…..
The seating was horrible,but the movie drew large crowds with it played here. The auditorium looked like a classroom setting instead of movie theatre.