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A lot of first-run exclusives brought in record crowds to this theatre,which was mainly known for its showing of Disney films and “B” movie releases.
The Village was the only theatre in the Carolinas that brought in record crowds for its showing of Ross Hunter’s AIRPORT that played here first-run in 1970 that held the all-time record attendance for such a movie in the greater Charlotte area that played here an astounding record of 27 weeks!
Other first-run exclusives including WALKING TALL in 1973 that played here for 23 weeks! Another record breaking attendance for a showing of a film in Charlotte.
It also held another record that brought in record crowds was the Village’s exclusive engagement of the 1977 re-issue of STAR WARS that played here on July 21,1978 that held it until August 22,1978.
The VILLAGE THEATRE opened on July 8,1966 with the premiere attraction “THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE” Starring Henry Fonda,Robert Ryan and Telly Savalas.
Even though this movie was presented in Cinerama in 1966,the movie was a basic general engagement showing in the Carolinas. It was not a roadshow presentation when it played at this theatre nor it was not featured in Cinerama. The only theatre in the state of North Carolina that had three strip Cinerama projection was at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre.
For Mike Rogers:
The Village was twinned in 1978 when its 800 seat single screener was split into two sections with 400 seats each renamed the Village 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett.
The Tryon Mall was twinned in 1974 under ABC Southeastern Theatres and reopened on Christmas Day of 1974.
This theatre was equipped with “Century” JJ 70/35mm projectors along with 6 Track and 4 Track Magnetic Sound in addition to optical analog.
Carmike Cinemas ran this theatre in the mid-1980’s as a 99-cent second run discount house from the buyout of Stewart and Everett in 1986 until its closing in 1989(by 1989,the Capri became a discount house with 99-cent pricing)under the titles AKA Village 1 & 2 and the Village Twin.
After additional research I found that the Village was not the last single screen cinema built in Charlotte. That distinction belongs to the Tryon Mall Theater which opened on March 24,1972 by ABC Southeastern Theatres.
The Village Theater was one of several theatres that were built as part of a rapid expansion of the Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett chain in the mid-1960’s…Five were built in 1966 alone. According to items in Boxoffice Magazine,the Village and at least one of the four were designed by Charles L. Wheatley and Associates,a Charlotte architectural firm. It seems likely that the firm designed all of the S&E houses during this period,but Boxoffice fails to confirm this.
The January 10,1966,issue of Boxoffice said that construction of the Village was about to begin and that completion of the house was expected by June 1,1966. The theater was to have a seating capacity of 800 and it opened on July 8,1966.
Stewart and Everett operated this theatre from 1966 to 1986. Carmike Cinemas acquired this theatre in 1986 until it’s closing in 1989.
You’re absolutely right. Woody Allen hasn’t made a decent respectable comedy since “Sleeper”(that was 40 years ago!),and the last Woody Allen movie that made me laugh was “Radio Days” back in 1987. But since his involvement and molestation with his own stepdaughter has led people away from his films. Woody Allen hasn’t had a hit movie in years(decades) since this scandal has physically and permanently damaged his appeal to movie audiences and his career as a brilliant and gifted writer and director as well as producer. Sad but true.
It’s no wonder that Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow have departed ways with him. Keaton said once in a interview that she doesn’t want to be nowhere near a Woody Allen project ever again.
The last Woody Allen movie I saw was 2012’s “From Rome With Love” that played in a 22-plex on the Friday before the July 4th weekend, and every theater was sold out except “From Rome With Love”. There were 10 people in the theater when the film started and about halfway through the movie 9 left with only 2 people inside when the film ended. The reason? “Rome With Love” played opposite “The Dark Knight Rises” that weekend which played on four screens that brought in capacity crowds.
The same can be said about Spike Lee too, whose ego has turned away movie audiences. The last Spike Lee movie I saw played at the same 22-plex and their were only five people in the theater. A crying shame.
The original SUPERMAN movie played here on December 15,1978 at Tryon Mall in DOBLY STEREO when this theatre was under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
Carmike Cinemas acquired the Oleander Cinema 1 & 2 in 1986 when it bought out Stewart and Everett. Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre on January 5,1988.
The final two picture shows that played at the OLEANDER TWIN were “Wait Disney’s Cinderella” on Screen 1 and on Screen 2 was Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Running Man” with Richard Dawson.
This was one of the many theatres Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1986 after it bought out Stewart and Everett. Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1996 where it sat vacant for five years before it became the Hollywood East Cinema and Grill which remain a top arthouse theatre until it finally closed in 2007.
THE CAROLINA MALL CINEMAS opened as a four-screen cinema in 1982 under Litchfeld Theatres with slant floor seating. United Artists took over in 1984 when it expanded to eight screens and later on upgraded to add additional features when it became a 10 screener with all stadium seating.
When this theatre was formerly THE COLONY at Five Points
Jim Brown-Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson in “3 THE HARD WAY” in the summer of 1974.
The first LETHAL WEAPON movie played here first-run in 1987.
I fondly remember the STUDIO 1 Theatre that after 1975 played a lot of independent films and foreign releases not to mention reissue of vintage Hollywood classics….Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca got a lot of play time here as well it a much loved favorite among the college crowd…..Before it closed in the mid-1980’s it became a notorious haven for late night porn(not to mention showed anything with skin,not to mention the only theatre in the state that played “XXX” rated gay porn…a Jeff Stryker 35MM gay porno play at this theatre back in the mid-80’s),and the usual Rocky Horror Picture Show night owl flick on Friday nights. Sometimes a lot of rehash 70’s vintage got the reissue treatment too before it closed…a prime favorite that got played over and over at the Studio 1 was Mel Brooks' “Blazing Saddles” that was a huge college crowd favorite among the management.
The Studio 1 closed in 1989 when it moved a block west down the street next to the Electric Company Mall across from N.C. State University and it renamed the Studio I & II which was awful and claustrophobic with its narrow auditoriums and tight end seats which finally closed in 2000.
The Studio 1 movie theatre became a McDonald’s before it closed in 2000 when it became the North Carolina State University Textbook Store.
I have an ad from the News and Observer from November 23,1957 for the reserved seat engagement showing of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
that had it’s Eastern North Carolina premiere at the Varsity Theatre in Raleigh,NC. If you need to see the ad,please contact me at this address:
I also have the full ad for the reserved seat engagement for the Eastern North Carolina premiere for May 16,1957 for the showing of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS that played at Raleigh’s Varsity Theatre.
It upgraded to all stadium seating plus added a 7-channel digital dobly surround sound system on May 14,1999 for its booking of THE PHANTOM MENACE that played on 2 screens on May 19,1999 under Consolidated Theatres.
It upgraded to stadium seating and all Dobly digital sound in 1999 under Consolidated Theatres under CLASSIC PARK TERRACE.
Opened on May 10,1996 under American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres).
Opened on December 13,1985 under Eastern Federal Theatres as an 8 screen complex as the Movies at Sardis North. Expanded to 12 screens and added all stadium seating and Dobly digital sound in 2000 when the name changed to Movies at Crownpoint 12. Regal Cinemas took over operations from 2005-2009 after its acquisition of Eastern Federal. Carolina Cinemas now operates this theatre.
The TERRACE 1 & 2 THEATRES opened on March 1,1974 with the Greensboro showing of “THE EXORCIST”.
The Janus not only showed “STAR WARS:SPECIAL EDITION”
but the special editions of “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” and “THE RETURN OF THE JEDI” too.
The Gaston Mall Theatre was closed under Cineplex Odeon/Plitt Theatres in 1991. This theatre was never under Carmike Cinemas.
The Gaston Mall closed way before Carmike was about to take over!
Opened on November 24,1999…the Carousel Grande Luxury Cinemas are the only theatres in the greater Triad area to show smaller,independent ‘arthouse’ style films and foreign releases. There is a reowned Bistro Lounge with a few screens. You can purchase more upscale treats and even beer and wine items in the Lounge. The screens at the Bistro Lounge are much smaller with only 3 to 4 rows of leather seats instead of the auditorium style seating. These are the screens that show the more independent,limited release fare along with its foreign and Bollywood releases. The larger screens immediately to the left and right of the lobby show the more commercialized films. Some of the movies I’ve seen here are “Juno”,
“Hard Candy”,“Brokeback Mountain”,“Chloe”,and “Lust and Caution”. More recently they continue to show groundbreaking material like “Silver Linings Playbook”,“Before Midnight”,“Kon-Tiki”,and “Fill The Void” and much more.