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The Atlantic Station Cinema 4 most likely has operated continuously since it first opened back in the 1980s.
Sounds like illegal collusion between two “competitors”. Regal now owns the Greenville Grande 14, which I thought would lay waste to Carmike’s old and oddly configured 12-screen theater in Greenville (still only FOUR stadium seating auditoriums!). The Regal 6 was a nice theater; it would have made a teriffic discount house. Maybe Carmike is suppressing all attempts to open discount cinemas east of Raleigh (Smithfield’s Howell excepted)?
Disregard the comment about the Emerald Plantation 4 being Carteret County’s only cinema; Atlantic Station 4 in Atlantic Beach is still there (thanks CSWalczak for pointing this out!).
CSWalczak: Thanks for the info! I had found nothing on this theater on the web ( haven’t been down there in years). Glad to hear this theater is still in business! This is the one and only Atlantic Station Cinema 4 in Atlantic Beach, NC.
This is truly a forgotten theater. I lived in the Kinston area in the mid-1970s and never heard of a Center Theatre. The Paramount was the only downtown theater operating in 1975, with the Park Theatre operating just north of downtown. The only other downtown theaters I am aware of Kinston having were the Oasis and the Carolina, which may have been the same theater (the Oasis was operating during the silent era, while the Carolina operated during Hollywood’s “Golden Age”). The Center could have been a third name for the Oasis/Carolina, a third downtown (white) theater, or possibly an African-American theater; least likely possibility would be the original name of the Kinston Plaza Cinema. Does anybody know anything about this theater?
This theater was known briefly in the early 1970s as the Six Forks Cinema (not to be confused with the Six Forks Station 6, which opened in 1986). This first Six Forks Cinema was a single-screen theater, basically the Jerry Lewis Cinema without the Jerry Lewis name. This incarnation also failed, and it subsequently became the Terrace Twin.
This bit about Carmike leaving Wilson Mall (for the second time!) leads me to believe that they were prevented from building at Heritage Crossing by the threat of a lawsuit by Wilson Mall’s owners. Carmike closed the old Parkwood Triple while under bankruptcy protection, which enabled them to break their lease.
Looks like Regal stole some of Carmike’s dirty tricks; Carmike put deed restrictions in most of the theater buildings they abandoned in Eastern North Carolina (Neuse Blvd. Cinema 3 in New Bern and the Roanoke Rapids Cinema 1&2 being the only exceptions).
Apostcardlife: Carmike demolished the old six-screen theater on the site probably late 1995 or early 1996. I’m not sure because I only spent two weeks in Fayetteville helping remodel the TJ Maxx store at Cross Pointe Center (next to GCC Cross Pointe 6 Cinemas). Also, I don’t recall Martin buying any of its theaters off of Stewart-Everett or if S&E had any theaters in Fayetteville other than the Carolina downtown; I recall that Martin and S&E tended to stay out of each other’s territories except possibly Winston-Salem.
This theater was operating in 1996 as Regal Cinemas Omni 8. Consolidated left Fayetteville in 1989 after their sellout to Carmike; if they had built a new theater in Fayetteville in 1998 it would have been a stadium design. Judging from the marquee could this have originally been a Litchfield Theatre?
Theater name should be Chalet Triple; Carmike was running this theater with three screens since at least 1988 (and possibly earlier). Carmike abandoned Boone after Litchfield Theatres opened a seven-screen multiplex in the mid-1990s. The Litchfield 7, now known as the Regal Boone Cinema 7 (not yet listed on CT), is currently the only operating theater in Boone.
This theater was operated by Carmike Cinemas from 1985 until it was sold to Neighborhood Theatres (1987?). Carmike closed the Beechmont Twin in Newport News about the same time they sold the Riverdale Twin to Neighborhood. Carmike chose to concentrate their business in Tidewater Virginia at Williamsburg.
This theater was opened in 1915 as the Grand Theatre. Paramount Pictures (through Wilby-Kincey) took over the Grand in the early 1930s and renamed it the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount Theatre was damaged by fire in the late 1940s and subsequently remodeled.
The Colony Theatre, originally named the Carolina Theatre (the second Carolina Theatre in Wilson – the first was renamed Drake Theatre when this theater opened), was located at 129 South Goldsboro Street. It has since been demolished.
The Galaxy Theatre (aka Watts Theatre, Cinema) was located at 134 West Main Street. It is now an empty lot.
The Viccar Theatre was across the street from the Watts/Cinema/Galaxy Theatre (139 West Main Street), next door to Rose’s 5-10-25 Cent Store. The former Viccar Theatre still stands but has been converted to retail.
The Galaxy Theatre was opened in 1929 as the Watts Theatre. Stewart & Everett bought the Watts Theatre in 1968 and renamed it the Cinema; it closed in 1981. Carmike Cinemas inherited the vacant theater when they bought S&E in 1986, but did not reopen the theater themselves. Instead, the Cinema was leased to an independent operator in 1987 and reopened as the Galaxy Theatre. The Galaxy Theatre closed by 1988 and has since been demolished.
Raysson: I have just posted the Oakwood Twin – didn’t know you were going to put it up – sorry about that! Anyway, I went to the Golden East Cinema back in 2000, about the time when the Premiere 12 opened. I had to wait 15 minutes before someone showed up at the ticket booth to sell me a ticket – according to their schedule they were supposed to be open at that moment. I bought my ticket and went in – the place was deserted. Carmike had not yet reopened the Cardinal at this point; judging from my experience at the Golden East Carmike should have let the Cardinal stay closed. I found it hard to believe that the Golden East was once a Cineplex Odeon; it looked as bad as any ancient Stewart & Everett shoebox.
Carmike called this theater the Morehead Twin. The former Morehead (Twin) Theater loooks nearly identical to the Town & Country theater in Aberdeen, which was opened in 1966. Both the Morehead and the Town & Country were built by Stewart & Everett, so the Morehead (Twin) Theater was most likely built in the mid-1960s as a single-screen. I have seen a photo taken in the mid-1950s of the old Belk store on the 700 block of Arendell Street (I forgot where I saw it); next to Belk’s was a movie theater named the Morehead. This may have been the 1954 theater; it looked nearly identical to the Wilrik theater in Sanford (which was also S&E).
This theater was flooded by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Nearly a year later Carmike reopened the Cardinal 3 (it had been a three screen theater since the early 1980s) as a dollar house, a format Cineplex Odeon tried there after opening the Golden East 4 (later the RM Cinema Grill). Carmike returned the Cardinal to first-run status after they bought Cineplex Odeon’s Carolinas theaters, moving second-run product in Rocky Mount to the Englewood and Oakwood Twins (former Stewart-Everett houses). Carmike had abandoned the twin theaters by the time Floyd hit Rocky Mount, and needed to get an edge on the newly opened UEC Premiere 12 (now 14) multiplex. Reopening the Cardinal was Carmike’s response to the Premiere 12; Carmike could charge full price at the Golden East 4 while undercutting Premiere’s prices with second-runs at the Cardinal. The second-run strategy for the Cardinal failed miserably. Carmike shut down the Cardinal 3 about a month after reopening it, as they were going bankrupt at that time. The Cardinal has since been used as a church and a bingo parlor.
I remember this theater advertising in the Charlotte Observer as the University Place Cinemas (pre-Carmike) and University Place 6 (Carmike). The theater was owned prior to Carmike by Consolidated Theatres (1987-1989). Before 1987 the University Place was co-owned with the Queen Park and Tryon Mall Cinemas.
This theater is now operated by Regal Entertainment Group.
According to the Southpoint Cinema’s ad in the March 2 issue of the Raleigh News & Observer, they are now owned by Rave Cinemas (the ad lists the Rave Cinemas website).
This theater is currently struggling to stay in business, being the only tenant inside the mall. There has been talk recently of turning the mall interior into a charter school; if this comes to pass, the Parkhill Cinema’s days may be numbered.
This theater may have been built earlier than the mid-1960s. New River Shopping Center opened in 1952.