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Carmike Cinemas bought this theater from Cineplex Odeon in 1990 and later sold it to Consolidated Theaters (1994?)
Raysson: When did Carmike upgrade this theater to stadium seating? When it opened in 1996 it was a slant-floor theater; at least this theater is keeping up with its sister theater Market Fair 15 and the Millstone in Hope Mills.
raysson: Thanks for the correct dates regarding the Pleasant Valley’s opening and the Valley Twin’s closing. Pleasant Valley deserved to stay in business longer than it did, but the stadium megaplexes nearby pretty much killed any chance of reviving it. Second-run theaters in North Carolina are disappearing (particularly from the Triangle eastward); Raleigh still has Blue Ridge and Raleighwood, Fayetteville has the Omni Cinemas 8, and Smithfield may still have the Howell. I’m amazed that there aren’t more discount houses now, considering the ludicrous prices of the big chains. Then again, it’s cheaper to bootleg movies off the Internet (I personally don’t do this; I prefer to pay for good quality) than it is to go to even a cheap theater.
The Midway was the only drive-in left in New Bern by 1972. My dad moved to New Bern in 1971 and for all the time he lived down there, the Midway was the only drive-in located in New Bern. The other drive-in in Craven County during the 1970s was the Havelock Drive-In (listed on CT).
At the time of the photo (1993) the Midway Drive-In had been abandoned for several years; Gordon Parrott had died about the same time as the Midway’s closing. Parrott’s family sold the supermarkets (including the one seen above) to a Morehead City chain called Pak-a-Sak in 1987; they expanded the Southgate Cinema to six screens around 1988 and sold it off years later.
hispeed54: Thanks for providing the aerial photo of the Midway. The large white building in the upper left corner of the photo is one of Gordon Parrott’s Foodland stores (acquired from Williams Red & White). Parrott owned the Midway Drive-In long before taking over Williams Red & White. His earlier Foodlands were on the north side of the Trent River in New Bern proper; another Foodland was next to his other theater, the Southgate (now Bear Town) Cinema.
Correction: the Raleigh Grande opened in 1998. It still hastened the Pleasant Valley 7’s demise, however. Stadium seating vs. slant-floor? No contest.
Did any part of the original Paramount survive the fire? The rebuilt Paramount looks shorter and wider than the old one.
This theater opened in 1987, one week before the Carmike 7 (now Carmike 15) opened. I saw Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” here in 1997, choosing this theater instead of Carmike’s Park Place, Six Forks Station or Tower Merchants 6 cinemas – Carmike got my money on this movie at Greenville’s Carolina East 4. Pleasant Valley was a well-run and well-kept multiplex; it just wasn’t elaborate enough to compete with either Carmike’s marble-lobbied multiplexes or the stadium seating of the Raleigh Grande, which opened later in 1997. The Pleasant Valley 7 was probably left in better shape when General Cinema abandoned it than any theater abandoned by Carmike; it’s a shame the discount incarnation of the Pleasant Valley failed. Under GC the admission prices were too high to compete with the Carmike and UA theaters in town; GC never ran another theater in the Triangle.
This and the Cameo Theatre downtown are the only operating theatres within Fayetteville’s city limits that Carmike doesn’t run.
ctwrenn: I posted three of the four photos posted here of the Colonial. I used my Android phone to take the pictures (the photos showing the facade without white paint). The morning photo was taken March 12,2012; the two evening shots (showing the neon lit up) were taken April 9, 2012. WSasser posted the photo of the Colonial with the white facade; it appears to have been taken in the mid-1980s after closing but before it became a church.
This and every other Hay Street theatre still operating in the 1970s formed what was possibly the closest thing to New York City’s infamous “Forty Deuce” (42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)within North Carolina.
smyjmy1: Yes, it opened in 1985 as a 4-screen cinema and operated as such under Stewart & Everett. Carmike added screens 5 and 6 early in 1987. S&E had an identical 4-screen theater in Aberdeen, also opened in 1985; Carmike chose to leave the Aberdeen Cinema 4 as a 4-screen until it closed. S&E did build a lookalike theater in Jacksonville called Cinema 6; I believe that theater was always a sixplex. S&E’s ads for the Havelock Cinema always used the number 4; Carmike probably tacked on the rear two auditoriums (one left, one right) and made it a six.
This theater was operated by Plitt Theaters in the early 1980s as the Plitt 4
The description of this theatre’s design makes me think it was originally an ABC Ultravision twin theater; ABC had a similar design in Florida.
I just saw the photo of the Omni Cinemas 8. This doesn’t look like an old Litchfield, it looks like an old Food Lion.
Thanks for the info on the Farmville Paramount-told as only someone who worked there could. It blows my mind that “blaxploitation” flicks showed there; but then again, Pitt County’s pornhouse (the Highway 264 Playhouse) was halfway between Greenville and Farmville. Only in the 1970s. The Paramount was Pitt County’s last independent non-porn hardtop theater – only the Tice and Meadowbrook drive-ins in Greenville outlasted the Paramount as independents (the Meadowbrook barely so – it closed in August 1979 shortly before Greenville’s Pitt Theatre burned down).
Carmike may have put a deed restriction on the property as they have done elsewhere in Eastern NC (Greenville, Rocky Mount and Jacksonville come to mind). According to WaldoOliverOxenfree’s comment on the Regal 6 (Wilson, NC) page, Carmike finagled a deed restriction on REGAL’S former cinema there. Reopening a dead Carmike has succeeded only three times in Eastern NC: Neuse Boulevard 3 in New Bern, Roanoke Rapids Cinema 1 & 2, and the Gateway 1 & 2 in Elizabeth City. An attempt to revive the Golden East Crossing 4 in Rocky Mount as a Cinema Grill failed miserably (it is currently a Books-a-Million). The Berkeley Cinema should either be demolished or turned into a church, given its location. The theater on the other side of town is the Premiere Theatres, which has only 12 screens; there are no 20-screen theaters east of Cary.
Going by the ad posted for this theater, it should have an AKA Blane Cinema 1 & 2. This theater was most likely opened before 1975, when Martin bought and renamed the theater after themselves.
Apparently this theater is sinking to grindhouse-level conditions, just as its predecessor the Plaza Cinema did. (The last film I saw here was, appropriately, “Grindhouse”.) It’s time to either go to second-run films at $2 admission, remodel this theater as a 16-screen all-stadium complex (something that was mentioned in the local newspaper during the construction of this theater), or shut it down and let Regal have a monopoly for a change.
The charter school chose to locate further down on Howard Avenue; the Parkhill Cinema survives for now. Its fate may ultimately be decided by the film industry’s conversion to digital-only exhibition.
What kept the Greenville Carmike 12 afloat for the first few years of Greenville Grande’s existence was the widening of Fire Tower Road (the street Carmike 12 is on, but only the portion west of the theater was affected). Back to the Wilson Regal 6: I saw only one film here, the first “Spider-Man” starring Tobey Maguire. At that point the Regal 6 was still in excellent shape and run properly; the old Parkwood Triple could not compete and was probably closed by this time. Regal probably abandoned Wilson because they (Regal) generally don’t build theaters in North Carolina; they buy them instead.Stonecrest 22 in Charlotte and Oak Hollow Mall Cinemas in High Point are the only current Regal houses in NC that I know of that were built BY Regal. All other Regal Cinemas in NC came from four chains: Litchfield (including Wilson’s sixplex), Consolidated (including Greenville Grande and most of Regal’s stadium theaters in NC), Eastern Federal (including North Hills and Brier Creek in Raleigh), and United Artists (including the now-demolished UA/Litchfield 4 in Goldsboro and College Road 6 in Wilmington).
This theater was located about one mile east of the Tower Drive-In on US Highway 64 (now US 64 Alternate) East, heading towards Tarboro. In its final years a skating rink was built next door called Sky-Vue Skateland; this still stands but I believe the skating rink has since closed.
What better way to shut down a theater than to run a Troma film!
DavidDynamic: I was unsure of this theater’s original configuration, name, chain affiliation or date. I have very little info about this theater other than it was once owned by Carmike Cinemas. 1994 may have been the year Carmike unloaded the Gateway onto another owner. If the theater was originally a twin it is not as old as I thought it was; the lack of a good view of the theater made it difficult for me to determine if it was built as a twin. Going by your recollections, David, I would assume that it was a twin from the start. Interesting that it showed porn films in the right theater and regular films in the left; most chains would either not run porn at all or limit porn to downtown grindhouses.Since the Gateway was showing porn and regular films in the same complex, it sounds like a Stewart & Everett venue. S&E booked porn films occasionally at Kinston’s Mall Cinema during the 1970s; the X-rated films were shown at midnight as the Mall Cinema was a single-screen at the time. Did Gateway run porn only at night or did they have porn matinees as well?