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raysson commented about Happy 20th anniversary, Batman!!! on Jul 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Carmike Yorktowne Twin on Jul 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Starlite Drive-In on Jul 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Jul 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre closes its doors forever on Jul 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Rumor has it that it will be converted into a performing arts center.

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raysson commented about Cinema City Langham Place on Jul 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Was this part of the United Artists Theatres chain? I was reading this and the cinema had a UA logo.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Jul 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

“The Last Picture Show At The Varsity Theatre"
From the Independent Magazine Site: July 1, 2009.
http://www.indyweek.com

“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.
http://www.dailytarheel.com

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre closes its doors forever on Jul 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

“The Last Picture Show at the Varsity Theatre"
Independent Magazine from July 1, 2009.
http://www.indyweek.com

“The Varsity Theatre leaves Franklin Street Dark"
The Daily Tar Heel Newspaper,Thursday,July 2, 2009.
Read Jonathan Pattishall’s report at this site:
http://www.dailytarheel.com

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raysson commented about Super Drive-In on Jun 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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.

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raysson commented about The lights may also go out on the Chelsea Theatre on Jun 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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.

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raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on Jun 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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.

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raysson commented about Varsity Theatre on Jun 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

As of June 26, 2009……
The Varsity Theatre has closed its doors forever,marking the only movie theatre in Downtown Chapel Hill for more than 80 years.

The last two picture shows that played here were:
“The Hangover” and “The Brothers Bloom”.

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raysson commented about Center Theatre 4 on Jun 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm

See this website:

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Features a section of Chapel Hill Road and also the construction of the Lakewood Shopping Center which opened its doors to the public in early 1963. Notice the main anchoring stores: Winn-Dixie(Grocery);
W.T. Grants(Department Store), Woolworth’s(Department Store), Kerr Discount Drugs(Pharmacy and Restaurant),
and Kroger(Grocery).

Also the construction of the Center Theatre from mid-1966 when it was just a single screen theatre. The cinema opened in December of that year.

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raysson commented about Rialto Theatre on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

“Urban renewal” during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s resulted in the destruction of the entire block where the cinema once stood. The Rialto closed its doors in 1969. The Criterion Theatre,located on Church Street closed its doors in 1974. The destruction of several buildings were demolished during the early to mid 1970’s between 1970 and 1976.

The Durham County Judicial Building open its doors to the public in 1978 where the Rialto Theatre once stood.
The main entrance to the Durham County Courthouse is facing Main Street(across from the old courthouse),while the backside entrance to the building is on Parrish Street right at the intersection of Church Street and South Roxboro Street.

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raysson commented about Palace Theatres on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The only operating moviehouse in town that serves the areas of Person County,Northern Durham County,Granville County and Southeastern Virginia.

The theatre does have a excellent bargain matinee policy which is fairly good.

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raysson commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Was this part of the General Cinema Theatres chain?

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raysson commented about Alabama Theatre on Jun 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Wasn’t this theatre part of the Civil Rights Movement since the Alabama at the time was segregated at the time Birmingham was catching hell during the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

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raysson commented about Pleasant Valley Promenade 7 on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Photo of the Pleasant Valley Cinemas is on this site from 1992….

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The photo contains the only General Cinema Theatre operating in the Triangle area(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill)

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raysson commented about Southpark Mall Cinemas on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Other photos of General Cinema Theatres in North Carolina.

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raysson commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Photos of General Cinema Theatres operating in North Carolina.

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Includes the marquee for the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas from either 1981 or 1982.

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raysson commented about Hanes Mall Cinema on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Other photos of General Cinema Theatres in North Carolina.

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raysson commented about GC Four Seasons Mall Cinemas I-IV on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Other General Cinema Theatres located in North Carolina.

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raysson commented about Hanes Mall Cinema on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Excellent history of General Cinema Theatres operating here in the state of North Carolina,including some photos of several GC Theatres located in the Triad Area. One of them was the Four Seasons Mall Cinemas and the other looks like the Hanes Mall Cinemas IV.

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raysson commented about GC Four Seasons Mall Cinemas I-IV on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Photo taken of a General Cinema Theatre located in Greensboro that has the marquee showing for Four Seasons Mall Cinemas off High Point Road.

See the photo at this site:
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raysson commented about Hanes Mall Cinema on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Excellent history of General Cinema Theatres operating in North Carolina,including some photos of one cinema here in Winston-Salem(GC Hanes Mall Cinema IV).

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