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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.
The Lincoln Theatre during the height of the civil rights movement was the ONLY theatre in Charleston that catered to the African-American community,at the time of segregation.
Opened in 1970 as a twin cinema under the name Southpark Mall Cinema 1 & 2. It wasn’t under the mid to late 1970’s that a third screen was added and it remain that way until the late 1990’s when it closed its doors forever.
Patricia,I saw your flickr pics of the Capri Theatre when it was a single screen theatre back in 1966. The showing on the marquee was “Promise Her Anything” with Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. The picture shows a line of folks stretching towards the parking lot. Interesting. Tell Chuck its in there.
Also interesting that you added to:
flickr pics of the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro in 1963 along with the Center Theatre in Monroe and also The Colony Theatre in Wilmington from 1963. Write me sometime. I do have an email address on my site under “raysson”.
this was the place to be to see great films at the Village Plaza. I recall seeing “Purple Rain” there in Dobly Stereo!!!! And the capacity crowds that snaked all the way around the shopping center.
Other movies played here were “The Empire Strikes Back”,“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”,“Fame”,
“Staying Alive”,“Total Recall”,“Crocodile Dundee”,
“48 Hours”,“Trading Places”,and “The Breakfast Club”.
I recall seeing the lines stretched from the parking lot all the way toward Horton Road when “Home Alone” played here to record crowds. The same thing happen when “Home Alone 2” opened and broke boxoffice attendance records.
the children’s christmas movie “The Polar Express” sold out seats for weeks at the Willowdaile when it played here in 2004 to record breaking capacity crowds.
Other blockbusters that played here at the Willowdaile:
“Toy Story 2”,“Terminator 2:Judgment Day”,“A Time To Kill”,“Lethal Weapons 2,3,and 4”,“Die Hards 2 and 3”,
“Face-Off”,and “The English Patient” played to capacity crowds. The Willowdaile also showed the first-ever “NC-17” rated movie “Henry and June”,under tight security. Also played here were “Higher Learning”,
“Rosewood”,“Baby Boy”,and the remake of “Shaft”.
They also had another exclusive premiere here: When the movie “Trois” played here,it opened to capacity crowds. The premiere NC showing was a success…playing to packed houses every night. Tickets for this were sold out within minutes during every showing.
A lot of great movies played here at the Willowdaile.
I too remember seeing “Die Hard” here. It sold out in minutes. But seeing this on a widescreen in Dobly Stereo sound was amazing!
The Willowdaile also had first-run exclusive enagement runs of several movies…I do recall seeing Spike Lee’s “School Daze” on opening weekend here….the lines stretched all the way back toward the parking lot…it played to capacity crowds and sold out shows every night. The other also had the premiere of Tony Brown’s unseen film “The White Girl” which was filmed on location in Durham,and had its exclusive premiere showing here at the Willowdaile 8. “Jurassic Park” and “Toy Story” had to shown on 2 screens due to the capacity crowds that snaked around the theatre.
Was the smallest multiplex cinema in town,the seating was horrible. But in did tremendous business until its closing in 1992. The parking underneath the cinemas was very impossible,but sometimes you’ll had to park over near JCPenney to get a space cause the lines filled up early for showings watch your surroundings…believe me,when “Batman” played here,the lines were around the corner stretching from the entrance of the theatre all the way toward JC Penney.
South Square Mall Cinemas was owned and operated at one time by Cinema National Theatres,and also was under USA Theatre Group before it became part of Carmike Cinemas.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW was a late night treat at the Yorktowne as part of its Halloween midnight screenings during the early 80’s when it was a twin cinema.
Who remembers the midnight shows that played here every Friday and Saturday nights at the Yorktowne when adult classics like EMMANUELLE, FLESH GORDON and CALIGULA played to record breaking capacity crowds?
It also played the re-issued THE SOUND OF MUSIC to capacity crowds as well.
I remember seeing two movies here back in 1984…….
“Ghostbusters”,and “Gremlins” when it played to record breaking crowds. “Ghostbusters” however sold out in 10 minutes and the reason was that the auditorium that showed it did not have the seating capacity,and it was standing room only for those who could not get a good seat. I remember seeing “Poltergeist II” here as well as “Star Trek V:The Final Frontier”.
I remember seeing Tim Burton’s “Batman” when it played here in June of 1989 to record breaking crowds. The film was shown on 2 screens due to capacity of crowds that snaked around the other side of the mall. The auditoriums looked like a classroom instead of a movie theatre. The lobby area was very small.
This was the same theatre that also showed the sequel too:“Batman Returns” also directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton,Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito to record crowds. Seating capacity was very small and it was standing room only for those who couldn’t get a seat cause the auditoriums were very small. Ridicious. The South Square Mall Cinemas was the worst movie theatre in Durham. Period.
A lot of family-oriented films played here at the Northgate,including a lot of Disney movies. I remember seeing “The Apple Dumpling Gang” as a kid when it was a single screen theatre back in 1975. Other Disney films that played here were “The Black Hole”,“Return to Witch Mountain”,“The Devil and Max Devlin”,and “The Love Bug”. It also played reissued or re-released Disney classics like “Old Yeller”,“The Parent Trap”,
“Fantasia”,“Treasure Island”,“Fantasia”,“Robin Hood”,
“The Aristocats”,“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”,
“Cinderella”,“Alice In Wonderland”,“Peter Pan”,along
with “Lady and the Tramp”,and “Sleeping Beauty”. The Northgate also showed at one time the re-released of Disney’s “Song of the South”.
I remember other movies that played at the Northgate:
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”,“Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan”,“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”,“E.T.”,
“Back to the Future”,“Rambo:First Blood Part II”,
“The Outlaw Josey Wales”,“Every Which Way But Loose”,
“Smokey and the Bandit”,“Grizzly Adams”,“Ordinary People”,“All the Right Moves”,and at one time showed the controversial flick “Making Love”. It was also a showcase for grindhouse movies as well…My parents saw “Shaft In Africa” here back in 1973,and also the reissue of classics like “Doctor Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” played here when they were re-re-released back in the 70’s and 80’s.
I do recall the lines snaked around the theatre all the way towards Sears Department Store one afternoon when the Northgate showed “Superman:The Movie” to record breaking crowds opening weekend in December of 1978. The same can said when “Saturday Night Fever” played at the Northgate to packed audiences in December of 1977.
The drive-in was destroyed in 1989 due to Hurricane Hugo.
A grindhouse movie theatre that showed it all….
Blaxploitation-this theatre was KNOWN for showing a lot of black cinema flicks………
Adult Films (XXX-rated)…porn(mostly shown during the businessmen’s lunch special and on Friday and Saturday nights during its midnight flicks,under tight security)when it was a single screen theatre during the 1970’s and early to mid-1980’s
Martial Arts/Kung Fu Movies….a lot of kung-fu flicks played here and some of them came from studios of Shaw Brothers and some of these were damn good,which brought in the record crowds who came to see them!!!
The Northgate Shopping Center in Durham opened in 1960 as a strip shopping plaza by W. Kenan Rand Jr.
The stores that it had was a Thalhimers Department Store, Roses,
Kerr Drugs,Robbins,The Young Men’s Shop,Tharrington’s Men Store,
Hahn Shoes,and the Record Bar. The strip island section consisted of the Northgate Barber Shop,NCNB Bank and Mayberry’s Ice Cream Parlor. It was anchored by Colonial Stores/Big Star Foods which was a full-service supermarket that was incredibly huge! All that change in 1974,when the Northgate Shopping Center became Durham’s first enclosed mall.
The Northgate Theatre was on the opposite end of the shopping center. It opened in 1962 as a single screen theatre and remain that way until 1976 when the original auditorium was split in two making it a twin cinema until it closed its doors in 1985 after more than 23 years in business,due to construction and expansion of Northgate Mall.
The Cardinal Theatre was owned and operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres and later on by Plitt Theatres before it became part of the Carmike Cinemas chain.