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Hey, Lost Memory. I think I saw that drive-in still standing while I was traveling towards Orlando and on the way back home. It was right on US 301/441. I’ll check if it got demolished or if it’s still standing when I get a chance to go there. I’ll let you know.
Here’s a YouTube Video on the former cinema that was taped and uploaded about a year ago.
Me and my parents went to here while on vacation. The cinema is pretty decent and it had been sponsored by AT&T due to their new “Turn off your Cell Phone” policy. And the Tennessee Titans were also mentioned during the movie previews. As Meg said there is an IMAX theater and like all other IMAX theaters, you are not allowed to bring any non-cinema food to the auditorium except a bottle of water.
Before this cinema served alcohol and became a bit more pricey, Me, my parents, and my little brother went to there and watched An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and we had popcorn, soft drinks, and I had some nachos, I think. This used to be a good theater until we went to the new Consolidated Theaters (which is now a Regal) across the Valley View Mall where there was a General Cinemas (which was now is currently unknown probably got turned into a restaurant, arcade, or a salon.
This cinema may not be a treasure to you, folks. But it was to me.
Here’s a video on the closure of Fenton. It’s very unknown what will happen. They may tear it down to put a Wal-Mart or a Residential complex with Strip Mall or Someone may buy it out and used it as a learning center for Kindergartners or resurrect it with a little renovation and expansion.
I remember my aunt down there told me that it was torn down as you said it’s now a strip mall, same thing as the campground I stayed (probably moved up to Florida State Route 27). When I was a kid, it was still standing.
I seen it right across from my bank BB&T and now it’s closed for good. No, wait. That’s Sweet Onion Cinemas 4 and Lost Memory, I add it for you and put in the info.
I remember going to this place to watch Aladdin and it was pretty good. I remember the red-orange curtain that opens when the movie starts and closes when the movie is finished. The theater is quite small amd quite cheap. Cost about a $1.99 per person (as said on the sign) and only had one arcade game called “The Goonies II”. The theater was owned by General Cinemas, then Regal, and now owned by an Indian (Hindu) man who now show Bollywood stuff.
I remembered seeing that old drive-in theater/Roller Rink back then when I pass it on the way to the beach and back home.
Instead of the Springfield Mall and the former AMC theaters being torn down into an urban complex for drug dealers, Hispanics, possibly Koreans and Pakistanis, I wish this mall would get converted into an anime convention called “Beltway-Con” with the Funimation Store inside, with the food court intact sponsored by other fast food retailers (Subway, Pizza Hut, Panda Express, Popeyes, Dairy Queen, Burger King, etc.) and a other retailers such as FYE and Borders and the movie theater (both floors) renovated to screen anime shows and movies (first run, older and newer) by other licenced companies. That would be cool, but it will only be a dream.
Film piracy is killing our theaters. Universal Pictures, 20th Century FOX, Disney have leaked their films for hackers/pirates, before they were ever released to theaters. This must stop right now.
I’m going to have to go UM’s comment because all of our memories that were built on Lee Highway are being torn down for urban development so that the drug dealers and Hispanics can live in it. This is very wrong. I’m glad I moved to Georgia and i hope Carmike 8 Dublin doesn’t get converted into a church or something else.
If I won the lottery, I would buy it and turn it into a anime-con Called Carolina-Con.