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Was the Opera House ever used as a movie house or was it strictly live performances?
Paramount City Lounge has closed; its website is no longer functioning.
The Washington Square Mall Cinema 1 & 2 was opened in 1976 by Stewart & Everett Theatres. S&E later expanded it to three screens (Washington Square Mall Cinema 1-2-3) and subsequently shuttered the co-owned Turnage Theater. Carmike Cinemas acquired Stewart & Everett in 1986 and renamed this location Cinema Triple (along with the former S&E triplexes in New Bern and Morehead City). Carmike later added four screens to the three built by S&E and renamed the theater Cinema 7. Since the Turnage Theater closed as a movie theater in the late 1970s the Washington Square Mall Cinema 1-2-3/Cinema Triple/Cinema 7 has been Beaufort County’s sole full-time cinema.
Carmike operated this theater as the Long Leaf Twin.
Piecesoftheater is right; Blue Ridge Cinemas was second-run from day one. It replaced the old Terrace Twin, Falls Twin and South Hills Twin 99-cent theaters (the former two reopened under different owners as the Colony Twin and Raleighwood Cinema Grill, respectively). Carmike never charged first-run prices at the Blue Ridge Cinemas.
Carmike won’t be retuning to Chapel Hill anytime soon. A new 13-screen multiplex is planned for University Mall, replacing Dillard’s (which is pulling out of Chapel Hill). According to newsobserver.com the new theater will be operated by Silverspot Cinema, a South American-owned chain.
The days of this theater may be numbered. Newsobserver.com announced on November 19, 2013 that a new 13-screen multiplex will be built at University Mall, on the site of the soon to close Dillard’s Department Store. The new multiplex may have less impact on the Lumina Theatre, as that fiveplex is further away from University Mall than the Timberlyne 6.
The Sycamore Cinemas V was operating as a discount cinema in 1996.
Dickinson Theatres went bankrupt and out of business; who runs this cinema now?
The radio station has left the former Iwo Jima Theater, it has since been converted into office space.
Actually the Roses currently at Wilson Mall is not the original Roses store from the old Parkwood Shopping Center. The original Roses closed around 1995, became a Hills discount store from about 1996 to 1998, then was a Sears department store from about 2000 until 2011; since 2011 that store has been vacant. The current Roses was opened around 2010, long after the Carmike 10 was built; it was built as a Belk-Tyler department store in 1978 as part of the enclosing of Parkwood Mall.
Cphillips: Was Winyah Bay’s Foster McKissick the same one who later started both Litchfield theater chains (Fairlaine-Litchfield – sold to UA, and the second Litchfield Theatres – sold to Regal Cinemas)? Also regarding the Kinston Park Theatre, was it sold to Martin Theatres along with the Asheboro Cinema 1 & 2? I used to watch movies here at the Kinston Park Theatre in the mid-1970s and don’t remember who ran it at that time. I always thought that this Park Theatre was a Stewart-Everett house after 1977 (S&E bought the old Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema at Kinston Plaza in 1975 and did not own the Park at that time).
DavidDymond: The Mission Valley Cinemas in Raleigh opened as an independent twin and were later bought by Fairlane-Litchfield (later simply Litchfield). Litchfield expanded Mission Valley to five screens and it has been only five screens since, neither UA nor Ambassador have added a sixth screen. Rivest266: The owner of the Premiere Theatres 12 in Goldsboro is UEC (United Entertainment Corp.), not UGC. UEC also owns multiplexes in Kinston and Rocky Mount, NC.
I saw “Charlie’s Angels” (the first film) here in 2000 – the concession stand sold “BladderBuster” sodas the size of a popcorn bucket (do they still sell those?). Ambassador was running the theater then (as they still do); “Charlie’s Angels” at the Mission Valley was a better experience than at the Carolina East 4 (by then a Carmike DUMP) in Greenville a couple of months later: second-run film (previously shown in Greenville at Carmike 12) in a decaying theater at first-run prices ($6 when they should have charged $1.50 tops). Karma comes around: Mission Valley is still in business while most of those old Carmike shoeboxes disappeared in bankruptcy.
Judging from a photo of the Wilson (Edna Boykin) and Center (former Oasis) theaters posted on the Edna Boykin Cultural Center page, I believe the Oasis/Center theater was not demolished but instead combined with 106 West Nash Street (the building between the Center and Wilson theaters) and remodeled into offices for the Thomas & Farris law firm.
According to WNCT-TV9 6PM News (Sep. 6, 2013): The Beaufort County Arts Council will be acquiring the Turnage Theater from Wells Fargo Bank. Plans are to reopen the Turnage in 2014.
The old Carmike 7 sits abandoned while Carmike built yet another theater in Jacksonville (Carmike Patriot 12). Amazingly the church in the shopping center chose to locate in an old drugstore rather than the old theater.
This theater is NOT demolished; it is still standing and vacant as it has been since 2001. The marquee board has been removed but the “Carmike Cinemas” and “1-2-3-4” signs remain.
This drive-in closed before 1981; when Stewart & Everett closed the Cinema (later Galaxy Theatre) downtown in 1981 there were no other theaters operating in Martin County.
I thought this building looked like an old Cato’s. A similar façade was on the downtown Greenville Cato’s (a converted WT Grant dimestore – since demolished). If any of the old Viccar Theatre building remains, it would be the only theater building left in Martin County. Williamston never had a shopping-center cinema.
This theater was called the West Park Twin under Carmike’s ownership.
The Regal Boone Cinema 7 is currently the only operating cinema in Boone and Wautauga County, NC.
I had seen references to a Colonial Theatre (colored) in Greenville city directories from 1927 to 1930. The Roxy was built in 1948 across the street from the old Plaza theatre on Albemarle Avenue and all references to a theater at 629 Albemarle Avenue I have found listed the name Roxy, the Colonial may have been an earlier incarnation of the Plaza Theatre (the Plaza on Albemarle opened under that name in 1937) or may have been demolished and the Plaza built in its place. The Roxy operated as the Roxy from 1948 until 1972 (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is the last movie I know of that played the Roxy (it was advertised in the Daily Reflector, which usually did not advertise “black” theatres). As for the Colony, that was a white theater located on Evans Street near the old “Five Points” intersection with Fifth Street and Dickinson Avenue.
Being in the South and named Lincoln, this was most likely an African-American theater. Back in the Jim Crow days no self-respecting white Southern theater operator would have named a theater for the white audience “Lincoln”.
The old Williamston City Hall building was built in 1907 on the corner of East Main and North Smithwick Streets. The building burned down in December 1958. At the time it burned the theater had long since closed.