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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
Opened as the Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema on January 14,1970. If you need to see the grand opening ad for this theatre,I have this information available. E-Mail me at
The Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema’s opening attraction was JOHN AND MARY with Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.
The coming attractions or coming soon to the Trans-Lux:
John Wayne and Rock Hudson in THE UNDEFEATED
Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin in AIRPORT
Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in WHERE EAGLES DARE
William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in THE WILD BUNCH
Clint Eastwood in HANG EM' HIGH
John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell in TRUE GRIT
I found the information on this cinema and I took the time to update this onto the Cinema Treasures site. I have the original ads from the grand opening of this theatre and if you like to see them please inform me whenever possible and you can e-mail me at
It was known as the Mall Cinema that opened on March 19,1970 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. The grand opening attraction for the Mall Cinema’s official Kinston premiere was……….
Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau in “CACTUS FLOWER”….
It’s that “Laugh In” Girl and the “Odd Couple” guy!!!
The coming attractions for the Mall Cinema(03-19-70)..
Barbra Streisand in “FUNNY GIRL”
Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in “GONE WITH THE WIND”
Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson in “DARLING LILI”
Robert Mitchum in David Lean’s “RYAN’S DAUGHTER”
This movie theatre opened a year before Greensboro’s Four Seasons Grande Stadium Cinemas. I have found the original ads for the Grand 18 Stadium Cinemas grand opening. This will be revised. I have the ads if you need to see them. E-Mail me at
Seating capacity was 1,350 seats……..
It opened on July 26,1968 as the Terrace Theatre with a seating capacity of 750.
The second auditorium was built adjacent to the original auditorium that opened in 1975 with 600 seats and was renamed the Terrace I & II Theatres.
By the mid-1980’s the original auditorium was given the split down the middle technique added two shoebox size auditoriums seating 375 each it was renamed the Terrace 3 under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt. The second auditorium was also split down the middle by the early-1990’s seating 300 each and was renamed the Carmike Terrace 4 until its closing in 1995.
SEATING CAPACITY: 1,350
SCREEN ONE: 375
SCREEN TWO: 375
SCREEN THREE: 300
SCREEN FOUR: 300
1968-1971 Wilby-Kincey Theatres
1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres
1978-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres
1986-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres
1991-1995 Carmike Cinemas
Opened as the CAROLINA MALL CINEMA III on December 22,1976 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres.
This theatre opened as a three screener under Litchfield Theatres on December 22,1976. It expanded to four screens by 1978 and by 1982 expanded to six screens and later by the mid-1980’s by eight screens. I have the original ads for the Carolina Mall Cinemas grand opening. E-Mail:
This theatre opened WAY BEFORE 1982.
A second auditorium was built adjanct to the 750-set original auditorium that opened on March 15,1974 that seated 400(bringing the total of seats to 1,150),and renamed the Reynolda Cinema 1 & 2. By 1985, the 750-seat original auditorium was split into two sections created two auditoriums seating 375 each and was renamed the Reynolda Cinema 1-2-3 under Stewart and Everett and later Carmike until 1996.
SCREEN 1: 375
SCREEN 2: 375
SCREEN 3: 400
TOTAL 1,125 SEATS
“PURPLE RAIN”-played at the Biltmore Twin Theatres on September 13,1984 for a second-run after playing an impressive 14 weeks at Asheville’s Mall Theatres.
Also played here was that Exorcist/Omen rip off flick
“THE CHILD” from producer-director Roger Corman.
THE BILTMORE CINEMA opened on December 23,1970 under Martin Theatres-Fuqua Group Entertainment Division.
The Opening Attraction for its Grand Opening……
“TORA! TORA! TORA!”-Direct from its reserved seat engagements….Now Asheville can see this epic drama at reduced prices…
The Coming Attractions to the BILTMORE CINEMA…..
-George C. Scott and Karl Malden in “PATTON”
-John Wayne in “BIG JAKE”
-Barbra Streisand in “THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT”
-Robert Mitchum in David Lean’s “RYAN’S DAUGHTER”
**I have the grand opening ads for the Biltmore Cinema if you need to see them. Please contact me at
November 25,1983….NOW PLAYING AT ASHEVILLE WEST….
SCREEN 1: “RICHARD PRYOR:HERE AND NOW”-Rated R
No One Under 17 Will Not Be Admitted
SCREEN 2: Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in ANNIEWhich was re-released as a second run feature. Rated PG
I have the ads to its official grand opening. If you need to see them please contact me at
From the research I conducted,the Asheville West Twin Theatres opened to huge crowds with the Western Carolina showing of Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” to sold out capacity crowds upon its grand opening on June 3,1977. It even brought in biggest crowds when “Grease” played here in 1978 to sold out capacity crowds.
The Asheville West Twin Theatres opened on June 3,1977 with the grand opening features under Irvin-Fuller Theatres.
SCREEN 1: “Sinbad and the Eye of The Tiger”-starring Patrick Wayne and Taryn Power. Rated G
SCREEN 2: “Annie Hall” with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Rated PG
The Coming Attractions to the Asheville West Twins:
-Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda in ROLLERCOASTER
-Disney’s HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO
-Susan Sarandon in THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
David Dymond and NightHawk1: The Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh opened as an twin theater under Fairlane-Litchfield(later simply Litchfield)in 1973,and 10 years later Litchfield expanded the Mission Valley from two to five screens,and it has been five screens since. Neither UA(United Artists) nor Ambassador have added a sixth screen. The only six-screener that United Artists had in Raleigh was the Imperial Cinemas in Cary.
As for the Litchfield Cinemas in Goldsboro,it opened under Litchfield Theatres as a four-screen operation around Christmas of 1983,and later on was brought out by United Artists in 1991 which in turned expanded this theatre from four to six screens. Regal kept this theatre as a six screener until it closed in 2005.
At the time the Premiere Theatres 12 opened in 2009 under UEC Theatres,it became the multiplex that took over all of the movie-houses in Goldsboro, closing the Litchfield-UA Cinema 6, the Berkeley Mall 4,and the Eastgate Twin.