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THE WATER TOWER PLACE CINEMAS opened to the public on April 20,1987 under Charlotte based Multi-Cinemas as Gastonia’s only second-run discount house. It was a four-screen theatre,and later on expanded to ten screens before closing in 2003.
I have the ads at
THE LITCHFIELD CINEMAS originally opened to the public on December 10,1982 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres.
The premiere attractions for its official grand opening were on Screen 1 “48 Hours”; Screen 2 “The Last Unicorn”; Screen 3 “Airplane II:The Sequel”,and on Screen 4 “An Officer and a Gentlemen”.
By 1988 it was acquired by United Artists Theatres who changed the name to the UA Litchfield Cinemas 4 and it remained that way until it close in 2004.
I have the ads from its grand opening. See me if you need additional information at
OMNI CINEMAS originally opened to the public on July 3,1990 under Fairlane-Litchfield Theatres. Consolidated Theatres took over this theatre in the mid-1990’s and later on Regal Cinemas acquired the operations in 2005 after its acquisition of Consolidated Theatres.
I have in my possession the original newspaper ad from July 3,1990 if anyone is interested in the grand opening of the Omni Cinemas 8. Contact me at this address:
I have found the original ad for the opening of this theatre and it did not open in 1985. I will revise this and posted onto the Cinema Treasures site.
At the time of its opening,it replaced the Village Twin Theatres which at the time Carmike turned it into a second-run discount house.
Scott Neff, Mike Rogers, TLSLOEWS, GMNash and Lost Memoryon THE LITCHFIELD CINEMA 4:
This theatre opened WAY before 1990. I have found the original ads for this cinema and will be revised once I scan the advertisement for its grand opening. In fact this movie theatre opened sometime during the early 80’s.
Eddie Murphy in BEVERLY HILLS COP played here first-run on December 5,1984 when the Cardinal I & II were under Plitt Southern Theatres.
Cineplex Odeon turned the Cardinal 3 into a second run discount theatre and so did Carmike Cinemas until its closing in 1994.
NightHawk1 and CZWalczak:
The Sycamore Cinema V was operating as discount house as way back as 1987,and I will do research to find the official year this theatre opened. I’m thinking either late-1986 or mid-1987.
The only theatre that was under Martin Theatres that Carmike bought out was the Valley Twin Theatres off Sycamore Dairy Road that closed in 1990 as a discount movie house.
The Westwood 6,the King Triple,the Bragg,and the Carolina(Downtown),along with the Haymount were the only theatres in Fayetteville that were under Stewart and Everett.
The Bordeaux Cinemas and Eutaw Twin Theatres were owned and operated under Consolidated Theatres and later on were bought out by Carmike Cinemas. The former Cardinal Theatres at Fayetteville Mall were operated under ABC,Plitt,and later Cineplex Odeon before being taken over by Carmike Cinemas in the early-1990’s.
Cross Creek Mall and Cross Pointe were NEVER under Carmike. These two theatres were operated under General Cinema Corporation. Even though they did have strong competition from a huge 12-plex that Carmike Cinemas opened putting these two theatres under General Cinema out of business.
The Reserved Seat Engagements of GONE WITH THE WIND played here in 70MM-6 Track Stereophonic Sound on December 22,1967.
It was also known as the PLITT AT GASTON MALL under Plitt Southern Theatres.
Eddie Murphy’s “BEVERLY HILLS COP” played here to huge crowds upon its December 5,1984 opening.
By the 1987 it was twinned under Cineplex Odeon which closed it in 1991.
FYI-A Dolby Stereo System was installed in the cinema’s third auditorium in the Spring of 1978 prior to the opening of “Grease” which played here in Dolby Stereo during the summer of 1978. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” played here in the fall of 1978 as a re-release issue in Dolby. The system was already in place for the Triangle showing of “Alien” which played here on June 22,1979 in Dolby Stereo. It was already up and running in time for the Triangle showing of “The Empire Strikes Back” on June 20,1980 in Dolby Stereo. Also to point out it did show a lot of films with Dolby Stereo presentations…among them “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Purple Rain”, “The Goonies”, “Extreme Prejudice”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.
Mike Rogers, CSWalczak:
The Garner Towne Square Cinemas had a great location that was nestled between the Garner Towne Square Shopping Center and nearby Highway 70. I recently found a newspaper ad from the News and Observer scanning on the opening of this theatre. The Garner Towne Square 10 opened on August 15,1997. If you need to see the ad for its grand opening I have it in my possession. My e-mail address is
I do remember seeing James Cameron’s “Titanic” first-run here playing on 2 screens on December of 1997.
STAR WARS played here as a re-release on July 28,1978.
It was so successful that the management kept it on the venue until September of 1978.
It was known as the Highway 601 Drive-In when it opened on June 10,1952. In my possession I have the ads for its grand opening through vintage newspaper scans. If you need to see them,please let know. My e-mail address is
Blockbuster movies got first-run billing at this theatre ranging from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”,to “The Empire Strikes Back”,“Return of the Jedi”,“Indiana Jones”,“E.T.” to “Beverly Hills Cop”.
Charlotte based Consolidated Theatres opened the Beaver Creek Commons Cinemas on May 5,2006 and by mid-2009 was bought out by Regal Entertainment Group after its acquisition of Consolidated Theatres. It was Apex’s first multiplex theatre to operated in the town. It serves the areas of Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Carpenter,
Morrisville and as far as Fuquay-Varina and even as near as Jordan Lake and nearby Pittsboro(in nearby Chatham County).
FYI: The Beaver Creek Commons Shopping Center opened in 2003 at the intersections of Highways U.S. 64 and N.C. 55 on development that used to be a former car dealership. The main anchor stores are Lowe’s Home Improvement, Super Target, Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx/Home Front,
Kirkland’s and H.H. Gregg(which used to be the former Circuit City)along with other specialty stores and services.
Before it became Beaver Creek Commons from what I remembered from back in its heyday….a former Chevrolet-Buick car dealership,and empty pastures of nothing but corn and tobacco fields not to mention country barns and that was it….before it was torn down and turned into a shopping center megaplex. From what I remembered of Apex years ago(go back some 25 and even 30 years ago)…when the intersections of Highways 64 and 55 were nothing but two-lane back country roads alongside cow pastures and barns…Apex was very Mayberry like with nothing but the local Piggly Wiggly grocer(now Scott’s Food Center),and the local Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits and the local Hardees(always a fan favorite),and that was it…..
The former Piggly Wiggly(now Scott’s Food Center),along with Dallas' Chicken and Biscuits are still there in Apex. But the small town look has completely gone with most of it on the outskirts of the city. But in perspective,the Hardees is still there right next door to Dallas' along with the former Ramada Inn and Seafood Restaurant that is now being taken over by pop ups of McDonald’s and Wal-Mart,not to mention the local Waffle House.
THE IMPERIAL CINEMAS expanded from four to six screens in December, 1994.
“Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy played here first-run On December 5,1984 when it was the Brynn-Marr Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett.
Seating capacity for both auditoriums seated 600 totaling 1,200 seats.
Only the original STAR WARS movie played here first-run on July 1,1977 at High Point’s Martin Twin.
“THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” & “RETURN OF THE JEDI” did not played first run at the Martin Twin. Those two sequels to Star Wars played first-run at High Point’s Capri Triple and not at the Martin Twin.
By the late-1980’s the Martin Twin became a discount cinema under Carmike until its closing in 1995.
Open in 1990 under Cineplex Odeon. Neighborhood Theatres took over operations in 1995 after Cineplex Odeon folded. Regal Cinemas operated it from 1995 until its closing in 2007 when Regal opened the newer and flashier Southpark Mall Stadium 16 that same year.
An auto dealership now stands where the former Valley Twin Theatres once stood.
“SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE” played here first-run on December 15,1978.
“RETURN OF THE JEDI” played here first-run on May 25,1983 where it played on 2 screens.
You must have pissed off a lot of Tyler Perry fans, not to mention die hard fans of Veronica Mars, raysson.
What did you just do?
“Star Wars” which was release in 1977 was absent from the Dobly Stereo presentations in the greater Charlotte area(It played for 46 weeks at the Charlottetown Mall Cinema). The August 4,1978 re-release was a Dobly Stereo presentation that play for an exclusive engagement showing at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre,and not at the Manor. I have the ads. Contact me at
Coate is right. The Dobly Stereo sound system was installed in February 1978, four months before the opening of GREASE at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre which opened on June 16,1978.
Movies with Dobly Stereo prints in the early months of 1978 ahead of “GREASE” and “JAWS 2” included the following films:
“FM”-general release on April 20,1978
“Big Wednesday”-general release on May 16,1978
“The Manitou”-general release on April 28,1978
“Thank God It’s Friday”-general release May 19,1978
“Close Encounters”-general release November 16,1977**was still in release throughout early 1978.
“Saturday Night Fever”-release December 16,1977,but was still in release throughout early 1978 and was re-release back in theatres during summer and autumn of 1978.
“Pete’s Dragon”-release November 3,1977,but was still in release throughout early 1978,and was re-release during the summer of 1978. Charlotte didn’t get the film until December of 1977.
“American Graffiti”-re-release on May 12,1978 in Dobly Stereo prints.
I’m conducting research if one of these films played as a Dobly Stereo presentation at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre.