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the comments that ray revised here need to be posted for this theatre on the cinema treasures site.
ray must be a walking encyclopedia of Chapel Hill movie theatres.
Just in case you need to MAPQUEST this, the address is actually 823 NC 24-27 Bypass East,Albemarle, NC 28001. The boxoffice phone is 704-982-9315 and the manager’s phone office is 704-982-8811. All renovations appear complete including a new much more interesting facade with a neon display featuring shooting neon stars. Inside all five screens have been installed with stadium seating and full dolby digital sound and projection(all of this happened when the cinema was under Regal Entertainment Group before Southeast Theatres took over in 2010).
The first thing the new independent owners did was totally rip down the original facade signage and next they cut down the old marquee by the highway. It looked like they were out of business but the Eastgate Cinemas was still bringing in the crowds as Albemarle’s top destination for first-run movies. They soon erected a new marquee sign that was about five times as larger than the old one,but no taller. Next the shopping center owner planted large and fast growing trees all along that end of the shopping center including right in front of the shiny new marquee. Now just one year later you can actually cannot see it all from the highway. Not to mention the Eastgate still had steady competition from the local Badin Road Drive-In Theatre that was just up the road from the Eastgate Shopping Center. Getting back the old marquee sign,the original was first put up by Litchfield Theatres and then later on by United Artists and by Regal Entertainment Group.
VISITORS TIPS: If you’re coming into Albemarle be forewarned here. This area of NC 24-27 and NC 73 is always congested and it is very dangerous. Drive safely. Not to mention you got the traffic coming from not only the Eastgate Shopping Center area but also from the heavy stream of traffic coming out of Quenby Mall. Even the Eastgate Shopping Center parking lot can be dangerous so paid very close attention here. Second if you’re coming from out of town there are many good places to eat here. Just to the northeast corner of the shopping center is the local McDonald’s if you are in a big hurry. There is also the local Hardees and other fast food establishments like Kentucky Fried Chicken and Arby’s just to name a few. There is also a Subway almost immediately right next door to the cinema. On that stretch of the NC 24-27-73 Bypass near the theater there are the usual franchise establishments like Golden Corral,Bojangles' Ryan’s and the Western Steer Steakhouse,and the local Burger King Restaurant.
Recommended and more unique places to eat nearby include the Blue Bay Seafood on the opposite side of the Bypass at East Main Street from McDonald’s. For cocktails and a good meal Harmancos is about three blocks westbound at 1407 East Main Street and it has been Albemarle’s top rated Restaurant and a very popualr establishment since the 1940’s. Although it morphed into a combination Cajun and speciality menu a few years back you can still get a famous Harmanburger with all the toppings. Best Mexican food is the hard to find Mazatlan at 1900 Hilco Street off the NC 740 Bypass and the easier to find El Ranchito at 716 NC 24-27 Bypass East. El Ranchito has beer and liquor around while Mazatlan doesn’t. The best Chinese cuisine is the Chinese Kitchen in the Super Wal-Mart shopping center.
For dessert go to the 1950’s built GOOD-O/PUTT-O at 1240 East Main Street about five blocks west of the Eastgate Shopping Center. For finer dining drive westbound on Main Street across the square to West Main Street for The Boardroom Bar & Bistro and just a bit further on your right you’ll find J.D. Shuckers where there loaded chicken is highly recommended.
AVOID THESE TWO PLACES ANYTIME YOU COME TO ALBEMARLE:
Avoid at all costs the overpriced and horrible customer service they have at the Yadkin Valley Steakhouse where the staff is notorious for making you wait minutes before you are seated. The management is terrible there and so is the food….DON’T EVER EAT THERE!!!
The Pontiac Point Italian Restaurant has the worst Italian food on the planet. Terrible service throughout and somewhere the place is downright nasty. The staff is rude and snobby and the customer service is the worst I’ve ever seen.
You will enjoy your visit to Albemarle more if you avoid these two places.
From BrotherDave’s comment:Information on this theatre has been revised for Cinema Treasures.
George Lucas' STAR WARS played here first-run at the Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 on July 8,1977
Opened as the Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 under Litchfield Theatres on April 16,1976. Albemarle’s only twin theater at that time. The opening attractions were
CINEMA 1: Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in“ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN”-In Color-Rated PG
CINEMA 2: George Segal and Goldie Hawn in“THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATER FOX”-In Color-Rated PG
Also for its grand opening a special kids matinee show
“DIGBY:THE BIGGEST DOG IN THE WORLD”-Rated G
The Coming Attractions for the grand opening of the Eastgate Cinemas………
-Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in THE OMEN
-Clint Eastwood in THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
-Don Knotts and Tim Conway in Walt Disney’s GUS
-Robert DeNiro in TAXI DRIVER
-William Holden and Faye Dunaway in NETWORK!
The theatre was where the parking lot to First Citizens Bank is now.
Opened in 1935. Closed in 1973.
The Address of the Dunn Theatre was 120-124 South Wilson Street, Dunn, NC 28334.
The Google map has this location wrong. This theatre was located in the Eastgate Shopping Center right off Highway 24-27 Bypass East across the street from Albemarle’s Quenby Mall.
I have updated the information concerning this cinema and it has been revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I do have the original ad from June 12,1998 newspaper ad that has the grand opening of this theatre. Please e-mail me at
I have the original ad to the grand opening of this theatre along with additional information. If you need to see its original ad please contact me at
It was known as the Plaza Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett Theatres(1972-1986),and later under Carmike Cinemas(1986-2008).
This movie theatre opened way before 1975.
It was known as the Plaza Cinema 1 & 2.
The opening of the Carmike Willowdaile Cinema 8 just up the road off Guess Road in North Durham was the demise and the closing of the Northgate Twin Theatres in 1986.
The Northgate Twin Theatres were demolished by November of 1986 when expansion and renovations to Northgate Mall were about to begin construction,adding more parking space and additional stores.
The opening of the Sandhills Cinema 10 in 2001 was the demise and closing of both the Carmike Cinema 4 and the Town and Country Twin Theatres leaving a huge gap for the moviegoing public in Moore County.
Should be read as 2 screens 925 seats demolished.
It opened on December 15,1966 as a single screener with 600 seats. By 1977 it was twinned with a second auditorium that seated 325.
The Northgate Twin Theatres were located on the opposite side of the Northgate Shopping Center next to Sears.
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in SUDDEN IMPACT eventually played on two screens for one week.
December 16,1983…playing at MISSION VALLEY 5
Screen 1: William Hurt and Lee Marvin in GORKY PARK
Screen 2: Barbra Streisand in YENTL-DOBLY STEREO
Screen 3: Clint Eastwood(Dirty Harry)in SUDDEN IMPACT
Screen 4: Mel Brooks in TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Screen 5: William Dafoe in THE KEEP
December 9,1983…..THE MISSION VALLEY CINEMA 5
The grand reopening of the Mission Valley Cinemas
SCREEN 1: Natalie Wood in BRAINSTORM
SCREEN 2: Barbra Streisand in YENTL-DOLBY STEREO
SCREENS 3 AND 5: Clint Eastwood in SUDDEN IMPACT
SCREEN 4: The Oscar winning WW2 adventure DAS BOOT
THE COMING CHRISTMAS ATTRACTIONS:
William Hurt and Lee Marvin in GORKY PARK
Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft TO BE OR NOT TO BE
William Dafoe in THE KEEP
I have the original ads for the Mission Valley 5 grand opening from December 9,1983.
Raleigh’s Mission Valley Cinema held the World Premiere of BRAINSTORM on October 6,1983. The movie was basically on location in North Carolina with locations in the greater Durham-Raleigh area as well as Research Triangle Park, Chapel Hill, Kitty Hawk, Wilmington, and a few other North Carolina locates.
The Christopher Walken-Natalie Wood science fiction thriller was one of the 70mm-6 Track Dolby Stereo presentations that got the North Carolina engagements in October,1983…Those theatres are…….
(Plitt)-Park Terrace III-[70mm Dolby Stereo]
(Litchfield)-Mission Valley 1 & 2-[70mm Dolby Stereo]
Other cities within the state of North Carolina got the general release showings in November,1983. Only cities of Raleigh and Charlotte were the engagements.
The reserved seat engagement of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” played here in 70mm in 1968.
Not to mention first-run exclusives like “The Exorcist”,“Billy Jack”,“Planet of the Apes”,and the 1976 remake of “King Kong”(the Ambassador’s BIG Christmas Attraction!)not to mention the first-run exclusive of “The Wiz” played here too with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
The information on this theatre will be upgraded for Cinema Treasures. I have found the original ads to the grand opening of the Ambassador Theatre along with other information that will be revised. Very soon!
The Beaucatcher Cinemas upon it’s opening on December 14,1984 was Litchfield’s first-ever multiplex theatre in the Western part of the state. It originally opened as a five screener operation. It has been in business for over 30 years.
The feature presentations for its grand opening on December 14,1984 was showing on two screens……
Jeff Bridges in John Carpenter’s STARMAN
The other showings were…..
Ralph Macchio in THE KARATE KID
Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE TERMINATOR
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy for STAR TREK III
The Coming Attractions for the Beaucatcher Cinemas for
December 21,1984 were……
Walt Disney’s PETER PAN-(re-release)
Dudley Moore and Amy Irving in MICKI AND MAUDE
Matt Dillon in THE FLAMINGO KID
Michael Keaton and Shelley Duvall JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY
ALIEN played here on May 25,1979 first-run showing in DOLBY STEREO.
Also played here first-run at the Cardinal at North Hills
“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND”
“THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST”
“WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT”
“SCARFACE”-Al Pacino in DOLBY STEREO
As well as the 70mm-6 Track DOLBY STEREO presentations
“THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK”
“INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM”
The Center Theatre in Downtown Albemarle remained opened until 1982. The opening of the Eastgate Cinemas was the demise of the Center’s closing and downtown’s only moviehouse to that time. The Stanly was burned to the ground in the late-1930’s and was rebuilt and reopened during the 1940’s as the Center Theatre. The Center Theatre was Albemarle’s only first-run cinema and it stayed in business throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and all the way toward the early-1980’s until it closed.
By the late-1970’s Stewart & Everett(which operated this theatre)turned the Center Theatre into a second-run discount house until it closed.
The first X-Rated movie that ever played at Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre was Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” that was released in early-1972.
Information regarding this theatre will be revised and updated very soon. By the way, I have found the original ad for the opening of Raleigh’s Ambassador Theatre and will be revised with new information. If you need to see the original ad scans I do have them. E-Mail me at