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NightHawk1 commented about South 17 Twin Drive-In on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

I’m amazed that of Jacksonville’s drive-in theaters, only the South 17 Twin and the Cinema Drive-In are listed; apparently all the others are long forgotten. I vaguely remember the XXX drive-in theater near the South 17 Twin mentioned in my last post on this page; it may have been called the Moonlite Drive-in and was north of the South 17 Twin.

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NightHawk1 commented about Northwoods Twin Theater on Aug 27, 2012 at 5:10 am

This theater was located next to Rose Brothers Furniture on Onslow Drive. AKA Northwoods 1 & 2 Theatre, Northwoods Twin Theatre.

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NightHawk1 commented about Village Plaza 5 on Aug 15, 2012 at 1:07 am

Last comment should be: Ambassador’s largest current theater is Six Forks Station 6 in Raleigh – (not Mission Valley 5).

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NightHawk1 commented about Village Plaza 5 on Aug 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I uploaded yesterday a 2002 photo of the Village Plaza 5 at night (the car in the foreground was mine). Raysson: your comments regarding the multiplex shenanigans in Chapel Hill are interesting. If Ambassador builds the new theater, it will most likely be eight screens or less – Ambassador’s largest current theater is the Mission Valley 5 in Raleigh. Carmike would likely put a 14-screen or 16-screen multiplex there, although it may cut into the Wynnsong 15’s business up the road in Durham. Still, I like the idea of Carmike re-entering Chapel Hill – it would be a thorn in the side of all those who pressured Regal not to build there. To the best of my knowledge it would be only the third Carmike built in North Carolina since they emerged from bankruptcy (Jacksonville’s 16-plex and Wilson’s 10-screen are the others).

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NightHawk1 commented about Terrace Theatres 1 & 2 on Aug 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I passed by this theater in July 1986 on a trip to Charlotte. The Terrace looked like it had already closed at that point – no movies listed on the marquee, part of the Terrace sign was missing, empty parking lot. This must have been the time the auditorium was split into two theaters. After July 1990 the Terrace would not have been under Cineplex Odeon as that chain withdrew from North Carolina that month, selling most of its NC locations to Carmike (the Cardinal in Raleigh and Carolina in Chapel Hill were closed).

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NightHawk1 commented about Englewood Square Cinemas 1 & 2 on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Both the Englewood and Oakwood Cinemas were demolished and replaced by banks (Wachovia-now Wells Fargo-replaced the Englewood and Southern Bank replaced the Oakwood).

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NightHawk1 commented about Town Cinema 6 on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Town Cinema 6 was originally a Stewart & Everett Theatre. S&E built several theaters based on its design: (Carmike)Cinema 4 in Aberdeen, Havelock Cinema 4/6 (Carmike Cinema 6) in Havelock, Cinema 6 in Wilmington and Cinema 6 in Jacksonville, and possibly others. Only the Havelock Cinema remains in operation; Carmike abandoned Aberdeen (and Charlotte!) and replaced the Wilmington and Jacksonville Cinemas 6 with megaplexes.

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NightHawk1 commented about Starlight Cinema 14 on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Regal acquired this theater from Eastern Federal in 2005.

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NightHawk1 commented about Colony Theatre on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The site of the Colony Theatre is now a parking lot. Status should be Demolished.

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NightHawk1 commented about Turnage Theater on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

The Turnage Theater was owned by Stewart & Everett Theatres during the 1970s. S&E built the Washington Square Mall Cinema 1 & 2 (later Cinema Triple, now Cinema 7) as the replacement for the Turnage Theater in 1976. The Turnage may have stayed open until a third screen was added to the Washington Square Mall Cinema.

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NightHawk1 commented about Berkeley Cinema Four on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:15 am

Berkeley Cinema added a third screen in 1978 (Berkeley Cinema 1-2-3) and a fourth screen about 1981 (after the Plitt Quad opened in Greenville but before the Litchfield 4 opened a few blocks away).

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NightHawk1 commented about Parkhill Cinema 3 on Aug 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

As far as I can remember the Parkhill Cinema was always an independent – I don’t know of any S&E theater having a video store in its lobby. I remember this theater being announced in the final ads for the Colonial Theater downtown, leading me to believe the Colonial’s then-owners were the Parkhill’s owners. Also, S&E had just pulled out of Williamston the previous year – why build a new three-screen in a similarly-sized town? The Parkhill Cinema was probably the last cinema in Eastern NC built with fewer than four screens (the only later theaters with less than four screens I can think of are the Cameo in Fayetteville, the Marbles IMAX Theater and possibly the Studio I & II – both in Raleigh, and the Chelsea in Chapel Hill. All of these are west of I-95).

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NightHawk1 commented about Rocky Mount Cinema Grill on Aug 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

“Batteries Not Included” from what I heard was a real turkey; one showing at Greenville’s Plitt Quad (later Carolina East 4 and co-owned with this theater) had free admission! Did Golden East 4 also do the free showing of “Batteries Not Included”? The reviews I read were so bad I passed on the free show!

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NightHawk1 commented about Highway 264 Playhouse Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

The Google street view picture has been updated and the name of the music venue (South 13 Saloon and Roadhouse) is visible on the roadside marquee. At one time the South 13 Saloon hosted drag queen shows (which turned off its core customer base); those ended after a few months. I do not know if this nightclub is still in business.

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NightHawk1 commented about Parkwood Mall Triple on Jul 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

The Parkwood Cinema was opened as a single-screen theater by Stewart & Everett Theatres in 1967, a second screen added on about 1975 (Parkwood Cinema 1 & 2), and a third screen added (by dividing the original auditorium in half) by 1978 (Parkwood Cinema 1-2-3).

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NightHawk1 commented about Plaza Cinema 3 on Jul 30, 2012 at 5:19 am

Stewart & Everett opened the Plaza Cinema in August 1968 with “The Odd Couple”, a movie that had been released in 1967. The Plaza Cinema was a clone of the Parkwood Cinema in Wilson, which S&E opened in 1967. The Plaza Cinema added on a second screen in 1975 (becoming Plaza Cinema 1 & 2), then carved the original auditorium in two (becoming Plaza Cinema 1-2-3)in late 1977 or early 1978 (a response to the newly opened Buccaneer Movies 1 & 2 on Arlington Boulevard).

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NightHawk1 commented about Cardinal 3 on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The shopping center housing the Cardinal Theatres was renamed Crossroads Plaza after K-Mart moved to a new store on Sutters Creek Boulevard, next to Golden East Crossing.

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NightHawk1 commented about Pitt Theatre on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Tinseltoes: Thanks for the interior photo. About a year after that photo was taken the Pitt Theatre was converted to CinemaScope. By 1970 the Pitt’s interior was modernized and the balcony concealed following desegregation.

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NightHawk1 commented about Park Terrace Stadium 6 on Jul 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

Carmike Cinemas bought this theater from Cineplex Odeon in 1990 and later sold it to Consolidated Theaters (1994?)

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NightHawk1 commented about Carmike Cinema 12 on Jul 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

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.

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NightHawk1 commented about Pleasant Valley Promenade 7 on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

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.

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NightHawk1 commented about Midway Drive-In on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

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).

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NightHawk1 commented about Midway Drive-In on Jun 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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.

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NightHawk1 commented about Midway Drive-In on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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.

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NightHawk1 commented about Pleasant Valley Promenade 7 on Jun 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Correction: the Raleigh Grande opened in 1998. It still hastened the Pleasant Valley 7’s demise, however. Stadium seating vs. slant-floor? No contest.