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From Mike Rogers' comment:
Asheboro is a pretty decent size town and don’t see why a mom and pop operation couldn’t have stayed opened as a second run discount house like the Cinema II. However,the demise of the Cinema II’s closing in 1995 was the opening of a newer and flashier state of the art five screen multiplex at Randolph Mall that opened in the mid-1980’s. Carmike Cinemas put the Cinema II from a first-run theatre into the second run discount house by letting go downhill turning moviegoers from this theatre over to the state of the art Cinemas at Randolph Mall. Carmike Cinemas let this theatre go completely downhill and basically ran Asheboro’s only twin cinema down into the ground. Carmike has had a steady record of destroying good movie theatres and to make a sadder point a lot of good multiplexes too. From what others have experienced,I’m not in the theatre business,but from what I’ve seen from the butchering of cinemas from this theatre chain,they’re certainly not professional. Carmike is the YUGO of theatre chains!!!
They’re certainly not like the pros like AMC Theatres,
Cinemark,ABC Southeastern Theatres,Plitt,Martin,not to mention General Cinema and Lowes Theatres.
Martin Theatres also owned and operated the Cinema II at Northgate Plaza. And the Sunset Theatre Downtown Asheboro.
NOW SHOWING AT THE MISSION VALLEY CINEMA I & II
For June 4,1982
CINEMA I-“STAR TREK II:THE WRATH OF KAHN”-Dolby Stereo
CINEMA II-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in “ANNIE”
TOP GUN upon its opening at the Mission Valley Cinemas was the one of two theatres in the state that had the 70mm-6 Track Dolby Stereo presentations on May 16,1986.
The other 70mm presentation was at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre. Greensboro and Winston-Salem were absent from the 70mm presentations of TOP GUN.
Previously Operated under:
This was the theatre that replaced the Hanes Mall Cinema IV, and the Thruway Twin Theatres.
should be headed as 2,100 seats
should be headed as 1,700 seats
Seating capacity should be 2,400
2006-2010 Phoenix Entertainment Group
2010-Present East Coast Entertainment
Seating capacity should be 1,700
Should be read as 21 screens with a seating capacity of 3,840
Seating capacity was 1,700
Closed in October of 2001.
Seating capacity was 3,480
The Movies at Randolph Mall was the demise of the CINEMA II leaving a gap in the entertainment market for Asheboro and surrounding areas.
Opened as the Cinema II on June 8,1972 as a 500-seat single screen theatre as Asheboro’s modern entertainment cinema with the grand opening attraction of John Wayne in “The Cowboys”. Owned and operated under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment Group.
The coming attractions for the CINEMA II were……
Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER
Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall in JOE KIDD
Was twinned in 1975 under Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment when the CINEMA II was split into two sections seating 250 seats each. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1982 from Martin Theatres until its closing in 1995 when Carmike turned the CINEMA II into a second run discount house.
The information regarding this theatre has been revised. It is under the title the Winston Grande Stadium 18 & IMAX. This needs to be changed because it is a duplicate copy and the new information has been posted for the Cinema Treasures site. Thank you. I have the original ads for the grand opening of the Grande Stadium 18. E-mail is at
I passed through Kinston’s Vernon Park Mall not too long ago and it seems to me that it has become a ghost mall now that JCPenney(formerly Penney’s)is gone and the only two stores that have remained are anchors Belk and Goody’s,not to mention the Sears Hometown store. At one time,Vernon Park Mall was one of the most popular indoor shopping centers in Eastern North Carolina,and today it is totally dying. I would love to see this popular mall get a total remodeling as it desperately needs one. They can do a fabulous reconstruction of this mall(just like they did with Raleigh’s North Hills)where they demolished half the sections while leaving one anchor store there(like they’re about to do with Belk). I would love to see the vast improvements on its plaza side too. Let’s make sure that greedy corporates in management don’t turn Vernon Park Mall into some high class clientele establishment like they did with Chapel Hill’s University Mall.
OMG…..“Rabbit Test” played here first-run?????
The film debut of Billy Crystal and the worst Joan Rivers movie ever made! Who told her that she was a first-rate director for Hollywood?
Dudley Moore’s ARTHUR returns for a second hit run while that silly basketball movie with Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole “One On One” returns to Asheville.
It also got that very cheap horror film that would be most suited for the drive-in theatre crowd “Ruby” with Piper Laurie and Stuart Whitman released in 1977. This Omen/Exorcist/Carrie rip-off was reduced to $2.50 a seat for a very good reason where this movie ended up playing on a first-run venue at Asheville’s Park Drive-In.
A lot of cheap movies got first-run billing at the Biltmore Theatres including “The Boogens”,“The Town That Dreaded Sundown”, “Day of the Animals”,two kung-fu double features “Exit The Dragon,Enter The Tiger” &
“The Five Fingers of Death”,“Laserblast”,“Battle Beyond The Stars”(that Star Wars rip-off produced by Roger Corman that starred Richard Thomas of “The Waltons”,and Robert Vaughn)…not to mention a lot more……
February 3,1980 at the Biltmore Twin Theatres….
I-Going into nine weeks is STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE
II-Going on seven weeks is Bette Midler in THE ROSE
June 13,1982 at the Biltmore Twin Theatres…..
I-William Shatner and Lee Grant in “Visiting Hours”
II-Steve Martin in “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”(going on four weeks)
The Biltmore Twin Theatres were NEVER under Litchfield.
It opened as the Biltmore Cinema on December 23,1970 under Martin Theatres. Carmike took over this theatre in 1982.
Seating Capacity was 850…
450 seats by the lower row
400 seats in the balcony.
Kinston’s PARK THEATRE opened on August 21,1951 with its opening attraction as Eastern North Carolina’s largest theatre…….
It opened with Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Howard Keel in MGM’s great Technicolor spectacle SHOWBOAT…
Plus…NEWSREEL and a TOM & JERRY COLOR CARTOON