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raysson commented about Carmike Willowdaile Cinema 8 on Oct 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Mike and Chuck1231: I was THERE when the Willowdaile Cinema had the exclusive engagement showings of “TROIS” and the only showing in the Carolinas for Tony Brown’s “THE WHITE GIRL”. These were the type of movies that brought in HUGE black audiences!

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raysson commented about Park Terrace Stadium 6 on Oct 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre between 1987 and 1989 when you was the general manager. Cineplex Odeon operated it until 1991 when Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre until 1995 when it was purchased by Consolidated Theatres of Charlotte.

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raysson commented about Thruway 1 & 2 on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

Opened on February 16,1969 as a single screener with a seating capacity of 600. Named the THRUWAY THEATRE or THE THRUWAY ULTRAVISION THEATRE

Second Auditorium opened in 1977 with a seating capacity of 350,and was renamed the Thruway 1 & 2 under ABC Theatres.

Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1994.

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raysson commented about Thruway 1 & 2 on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

THEATRE HISTORY:

1969-1971 Wilby-Kincey Corporation/Paramount Theatres

1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres

1987-1991 Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Southern Theatres

1991-1994 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Marketplace 6 Cinemas on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

I have the ads from its May 31,1985 grand opening and the article in the Winston-Salem Journal about the opening of the Marketplace Cinema 6. If you need to see them,please e-mail me at and I’ll sent them ASAP along with the article too.

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raysson commented about Carmike 4 Cinema on Oct 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This theatre was closed by Carmike Cinemas in 2005. The Carmike Cinema 10 at Cleveland Mall replaced it.

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raysson commented about Carmike Gateway 4 Cinemas on Oct 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Carmike took over the operations of this theatre until its closing in 2007.

Reason? A ten-screen multiplex muscled in the competition.

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raysson commented about Carmike Gateway 4 Cinemas on Oct 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

You’re right Stephen…….

CINEMA 1: 150

CINEMA 2: 150

CINEMA 3: 150

CINEMA 4: 150

TOTAL: 600

When this theatre expanded from two to four screens under its new name THE GATEWAY CINEMA 4 during the early-1980’s when it was still under Stewart and Everett.

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I have the ads if you need to see them

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Was twinned by 1978 when ownership changed to Atlanta-based Martin Theatres and renamed the Newtowne Twin split it into two sections with a seating capacity of 265 each.

Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 until it closed in 2000 when it was a second-run discount house.

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

THEATRE HISTORY:

1967-1978 Statesville Theatre Corporation

1978-1986 Martin Theatres

1986-2000 Carmike Cinemas

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under Fuller Sams as a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 530. The architect was Thomas Hutchens. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of the Newtowne Theatre was “Hombre” starring Paul Newman and Richard Boone.

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raysson commented about Carmike Gateway 4 Cinemas on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Chuck1231, kenmcintyre and Mmandarano:

The grand opening of the GATEWAY CINEMA 1 & 2 was on December 21,1977 as Statesville’s second twin indoor theatre with both auditoriums having a seating capacity of 300 seats each. Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under the subsidiary of Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett. This theatre offers expanded snack bar and parking facilities as well as restroom facilities designed for people in wheelchairs.

The opening attractions for the December 21,1977 opening of the GATEWAY 1 & 2 are…….

CINEMA 1: Clint Eastwood in THE GAUNTLET

CINEMA 2: John Denver and George Burns in OH GOD!

The coming attractions “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Bobby Deerfield”, “The Betsy”,and “First Love”.

**The Statesville Theatre Corporation,under Fuller Sams,control all of the indoor movie houses and drive-ins in Statesville…Included are the Newtowne Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre Downtown Statesville, and the I-77 Drive-In Theatre and the Villa Heights Drive-In.

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raysson commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Other small cities and towns in North Carolina didn’t get JAWS until late-June or August of 1975.

Aberdeen/Southern Pines: Town and Country

Statesville: Playhouse

Hickory: Terrace 1 & 2

Greenville: Plaza Cinema 1 & 2

Sanford: Kendale Cinema 1 & 2

Chapel Hill: Carolina

Burlington: Terrace 1 & 2

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

ADDRESS:

1515 East Broad Street, Newtowne Plaza Shopping Center Statesville, NC 28625

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

The NEWTOWNE THEATRE was the first cinema to be built in Statesville since 1939 and it was the first suburban theater to be located in Statesville and Iredell County.

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raysson commented about Newtowne 1 & 2 on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Correction: THE NEWTOWNE THEATRE opened on April 26,1967 under Statesville Theatre Corporation. Located on East Broad Street in the Newtowne Plaza at the Interstate 77 intersection.

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raysson commented about Cardinal 3 on Oct 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Viper652: RETURN OF THE JEDI played first-run at the Cardinal in 1983 when it was a two screen cinema under Plitt Southern Theatres. It opened on June 24,1983. I have the original newspaper ad on where it played!!!! If you need to see it,please contact me at and I can sent it to you A.S.A.P!!!

ALSO VIPER…..Check the website Digital Bits too…. http://www.digitalbits.com Retrospective article on the 30th Anniversary of JEDI And where it played first-run in North Carolina!!!

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raysson commented about Carmike Plaza 4 on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Small as this theatre was I’m surprised they knew how to handle the capacity crowds for bigger features. THE COLOR PURPLE played here as well as HOME ALONE.

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raysson commented about Plaza Twin to close on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Not to mention the original JAWS played here in 1975. A lot of blockbuster movies played here at the Plaza Twin. I was there in 1986 when Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE broken all attendance records. The lines snaked from one end of the shopping center to the other. But the lines really went beyond the limits in 2004 when Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST had people waiting in long,long lines and traffic back-up from one end of the shopping center to the other . Everyone in that town and all of Harnett County saw this movie,including neighboring counties too packed this theatre.

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raysson commented about Carmike 10 on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

ADDRESS:
2001 East Dixon Blvd. Shelby, NC 28150

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raysson commented about Carmike 10 on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

Located on the opposite end of the Cleveland Mall. This theatre replaced the Carmike Cinema 4.

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raysson commented about Carmike 4 Cinema on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

It was known as the Cinema 1 & 2 that opened in 1974 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Stewart and Everett operated it until 1986 when Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre. It was under Carmike Cinemas that this theatre expanded from two to four screens until its closing by Carmike in the early 2000’s.

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raysson commented about Eastgate Cinema Twin Theatres on Oct 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

NEARBY THEATRES:

Carmike Berkeley Mall Cinema 4

Litchfield Cinema 4

UA Litchfield Cinema 6

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raysson commented about Berkeley Cinema Four on Oct 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

By the early-2000’s,Premiere Theatres built a huge 12-screen all stadium seating multiplex cinema on the opposite end of Goldsboro that reduced the Berkeley Mall Cinema 4 from showing first-run movies to becoming a second run discount cinema under Carmike Cinemas,when closed this theatre in 2007.