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FYI: During the 1970’s and during the early 1980’s,the Varsity at one time was owned and operated by Eastern Federal Corporation which also owned and operated the Village Plaza Theatres(which closed its doors in 2003)and also The Movies at Timberlyne(which is still in operation and now it is owned and operated by Regal Cimemas Corporation which bought out Eastern Federal).
The only theatre that is still open in Downtown Chapel Hill on historic Franklin Street. However,the Carolina Theatre and the Ram Triple Theatres have closed its doors forever.
Ever since the Carolina Theatre and the Ram Triple Theatres had closed,the only moviehouse that is still in operational along East Franklin Street and the only moviehouse still in Downtown Chapel Hill is the classic Varsity Theatre(which shows first-run features and foreign films along with documentaries of special interest).
From September of 1927 until its closing in July of 2005,the Carolina Theatre showcased some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and was Chapel Hill’s premiere venue theatre. However,the Carolina was part at one time owned and operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres,
Plitt Theatres,and Cineplex Odeon before later on by Ambassador Entertainment. The last picture show to play at the Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2005 was a documentary…March of the Penguins.
The Center Theatre was basically operated at one time as a movie chain of ABC Southeastern Theatres before it became part of Plitt Theatres and later on Cineplex Odeon before it became part of the Carmike Cimemas chain.
The Criterion Theatre was demolished in the mid-1970’s to make way for a parking lot and a nearby building. The offices of the Durham County Judicial Building and Courthouse is where the Criterion Theatre once stood in Downtown Durham at the Corner of Parrish Street and Church Street.
The last picture show that played at the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro was a Will Smith flick “Bad Boys II” that played to a capacity crowd that evening. The Ansonia was in desperate need of repair and it looked like this was the end of a grand movie palace that served its community very well(the people of Anson County not to mention the counties of Richmond,Stanly and its neighbors over in the communities of Chesterfield,SC-Marlboro County). The theatre will be renovated and turned into a community center for the performing arts. The theatre also served as a backup for areas theatres too(such as the Richmond Plaza Cimema Twin and the Plaza Twin in Rockingham-18 miles away)
The theatre is to be demolished to make way for the Metro Transit System that will run through Independence Boulevard(US. Highway 74)
One of the remaining drive-in theatres that is in operation in the greater Triangle area. The other one was the Starlite Drive-In Theatre in Durham,NC which is still in operation,but has closed due to renovation and who knows when this drive-in theatre will open soon.
Phoenix 10 at the Plaza was formerly the Northgate Twin Theatre at Northgate Shopping Center. The theatre opened in 2005 where it was at one time the former Belk’s Department Store due to the renovation of the Northgate Mall in Durham, NC.
I remember going to the Janus in Greensboro as a kid to see a variety of films. The theatre closed in 2000 to make way for another cimema multiplex down the street at Battleground Avenue…The Carousel.
Where K&W Cafeteria is now where the Village Twin Theatre once stood.
One of the oldest moviehouses in Raleigh until it closed in the early 1990’s. The last picture show that played at the Village Twin Theatre was an animated Disney flick “The Little Mermaid”.
Correction: The Center Theatre opened in 1966 as a single screen theatre and remained that way until the early-1970’s when it added on a second auditorium. The largest auditorium had that 70MM projection and the place was known for exclusive showing of first-run films mostly for movies shown in 70MM Cinerama. The theatre was split in two during the early-1980’s when the theatre added a third auditorium which hurt it badly(I remember seeing the construction on the larger auditorium while the second one was bringing huge crowds…I was there when the screened “The Return of the Jedi” in 1983 to huge crowds that snaked around the theatre on the opening day of release). And at the end of the 1980’s the theatre was added on a fourth auditorium,which killed it. During the 1990’s,the Center was still the place to go,even when it was bringing in big business…movies like “Boyz In The Hood”,“Malcolm X”,and “Do The Right Thing” were bringing in huge capacity crowds. It suffered when it converted into a second-run theatre during the mid-1990’s. The theatre closed its doors in 2001 and was converted into a surplus store for Duke University.