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I have the grand opening ads for its March 19,1970 opening of the Mall Cinema.
Impressive information. Michael Coate has done it again!
Mel Gibson’s BRAVEHEART played here to capacity crowds in 1995.
Correction: The original BATMAN movie did not played first-run at Chapel Hill’s Ram Theater on June 23,1989.
The original BATMAN movie played first-run at Chapel Hill’s Village Plaza 3.
MOVIES THAT PLAYED HERE FIRST-RUN AT THE RAM TRIPLE:
“TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY”
“HOME ALONE” AND “HOME ALONE 2”
“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”-the original Indiana Jones
“THE COLOR PURPLE” and “DO THE RIGHT THING” 1ST Run!
Saw it in 35mm DOLBY STEREO at Greensboro’s Janus Theatre where it played on 2 screens in DOLBY on October 16,1979.
If there were reserved seat 70mm Dolby Stereo engagements in the Carolinas…the only theatre that had this would be Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre.
The Park Terrace was absent from the 70mm engagement showings in the Carolinas. Only Charlotte’s Manor Theatre was shown as a general release in 35mm and DOLBY STEREO on October 16,1979.
There were no reserved seat 70mm engagements in the Carolinas. The general release dates for October 16,1979 first-run exclusive engagement showings……
October 16, 1979
Charlotte: Manor -DOLBY STEREO
Greensboro: Janus-Showing on 2 screens DOLBY STEREO
Raleigh/Cary: Imperial IV-DOBLY STEREO
Fayetteville: King Twin-DOLBY STEREO
November 2, 1979 were general release 35MM DOBLY prints
Durham: Yorktowne Twin
Winston-Salem: University Plaza 1 & 2-DOLBY STEREO
Asheville: Merrimon Twin-DOLBY STEREO
Chapel Hill: Carolina 1 & 2
Wilmington: New Centre Triple
High Point: Capri Triple-DOLBY STEREO
FYI: In the Carolinas…APOCALYPSE NOW was given the full general release in selected cities in 35MM and Dolby Stereo. Other cities like the small town venues didn’t get the film until Christmas of 1979.
Was the MALL CINEMA operated by either Stewart & Everett Theatres or was it operated under Martin Theatres and later on under Carmike Cinemas.
This was one of the remaining five outdoor drive-in theatres operating in the state of North Carolina.
The others are located in Shelby, Henderson, Albemarle,
Bessemer City, and Mount Airy.
A lot of first-run Reserved Seat Engagements played here at the Winston Theatre…..
From it’s 44-week run of “The Sound of Music”
To “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Camelot”, “Hello Dolly”,
“Paint Your Wagon”…just to name a few.
Imago Twist, Mmandarano:
The Winston Theatre closed in 1981 under Plitt Southern Theatres. The building was not demolished but was converted into an office space and retail establishment.
1949-1971 Paramount/North Carolina Theatres/Wilby-Kincey Entertainment Corporation
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1981 Plitt Southern Theatres
All-Star Cinemas also owned and operated the Town and Country 1 & 2 after it was bought out by Carmike Cinemas(which also operated the Carmike Cinemas 4).
The Town and Country Twin and the Cinema 4 were former Stewart & Everett Theatres before it was operated under Carmike.
Opened under All-Star Cinemas,and later by Frank Theatres.
the comments that ray revised here need to be posted for this theatre on the cinema treasures site.
ray must be a walking encyclopedia of Chapel Hill movie theatres.
Just in case you need to MAPQUEST this, the address is actually 823 NC 24-27 Bypass East,Albemarle, NC 28001. The boxoffice phone is 704-982-9315 and the manager’s phone office is 704-982-8811. All renovations appear complete including a new much more interesting facade with a neon display featuring shooting neon stars. Inside all five screens have been installed with stadium seating and full dolby digital sound and projection(all of this happened when the cinema was under Regal Entertainment Group before Southeast Theatres took over in 2010).
The first thing the new independent owners did was totally rip down the original facade signage and next they cut down the old marquee by the highway. It looked like they were out of business but the Eastgate Cinemas was still bringing in the crowds as Albemarle’s top destination for first-run movies. They soon erected a new marquee sign that was about five times as larger than the old one,but no taller. Next the shopping center owner planted large and fast growing trees all along that end of the shopping center including right in front of the shiny new marquee. Now just one year later you can actually cannot see it all from the highway. Not to mention the Eastgate still had steady competition from the local Badin Road Drive-In Theatre that was just up the road from the Eastgate Shopping Center. Getting back the old marquee sign,the original was first put up by Litchfield Theatres and then later on by United Artists and by Regal Entertainment Group.
VISITORS TIPS: If you’re coming into Albemarle be forewarned here. This area of NC 24-27 and NC 73 is always congested and it is very dangerous. Drive safely. Not to mention you got the traffic coming from not only the Eastgate Shopping Center area but also from the heavy stream of traffic coming out of Quenby Mall. Even the Eastgate Shopping Center parking lot can be dangerous so paid very close attention here. Second if you’re coming from out of town there are many good places to eat here. Just to the northeast corner of the shopping center is the local McDonald’s if you are in a big hurry. There is also the local Hardees and other fast food establishments like Kentucky Fried Chicken and Arby’s just to name a few. There is also a Subway almost immediately right next door to the cinema. On that stretch of the NC 24-27-73 Bypass near the theater there are the usual franchise establishments like Golden Corral,Bojangles' Ryan’s and the Western Steer Steakhouse,and the local Burger King Restaurant.
Recommended and more unique places to eat nearby include the Blue Bay Seafood on the opposite side of the Bypass at East Main Street from McDonald’s. For cocktails and a good meal Harmancos is about three blocks westbound at 1407 East Main Street and it has been Albemarle’s top rated Restaurant and a very popualr establishment since the 1940’s. Although it morphed into a combination Cajun and speciality menu a few years back you can still get a famous Harmanburger with all the toppings. Best Mexican food is the hard to find Mazatlan at 1900 Hilco Street off the NC 740 Bypass and the easier to find El Ranchito at 716 NC 24-27 Bypass East. El Ranchito has beer and liquor around while Mazatlan doesn’t. The best Chinese cuisine is the Chinese Kitchen in the Super Wal-Mart shopping center.
For dessert go to the 1950’s built GOOD-O/PUTT-O at 1240 East Main Street about five blocks west of the Eastgate Shopping Center. For finer dining drive westbound on Main Street across the square to West Main Street for The Boardroom Bar & Bistro and just a bit further on your right you’ll find J.D. Shuckers where there loaded chicken is highly recommended.
AVOID THESE TWO PLACES ANYTIME YOU COME TO ALBEMARLE:
Avoid at all costs the overpriced and horrible customer service they have at the Yadkin Valley Steakhouse where the staff is notorious for making you wait minutes before you are seated. The management is terrible there and so is the food….DON’T EVER EAT THERE!!!
The Pontiac Point Italian Restaurant has the worst Italian food on the planet. Terrible service throughout and somewhere the place is downright nasty. The staff is rude and snobby and the customer service is the worst I’ve ever seen.
You will enjoy your visit to Albemarle more if you avoid these two places.
From BrotherDave’s comment:Information on this theatre has been revised for Cinema Treasures.
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here first-run at the Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 on July 8,1977
Opened as the Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 under Litchfield Theatres on April 16,1976. Albemarle’s only twin theater at that time. The opening attractions were
CINEMA 1: Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in“ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN”-In Color-Rated PG
CINEMA 2: George Segal and Goldie Hawn in“THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATER FOX”-In Color-Rated PG
Also for its grand opening a special kids matinee show
“DIGBY:THE BIGGEST DOG IN THE WORLD”-Rated G
The Coming Attractions for the grand opening of the Eastgate Cinemas………
-Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in THE OMEN
-Clint Eastwood in THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
-Don Knotts and Tim Conway in Walt Disney’s GUS
-Robert DeNiro in TAXI DRIVER
-William Holden and Faye Dunaway in NETWORK!
The theatre was where the parking lot to First Citizens Bank is now.
Opened in 1935. Closed in 1973.
The Address of the Dunn Theatre was 120-124 South Wilson Street, Dunn, NC 28334.
The Google map has this location wrong. This theatre was located in the Eastgate Shopping Center right off Highway 24-27 Bypass East across the street from Albemarle’s Quenby Mall.
I have updated the information concerning this cinema and it has been revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I do have the original ad from June 12,1998 newspaper ad that has the grand opening of this theatre. Please e-mail me at
I have the original ad to the grand opening of this theatre along with additional information. If you need to see its original ad please contact me at
It was known as the Plaza Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett Theatres(1972-1986),and later under Carmike Cinemas(1986-2008).