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This theatre was the only theatre in the area to show the controversial Santa slasher flick ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ back in 1982. The theatre reported numerous walkouts, as well as complaints and phone calls from concerned parents. This cinema had the movie playing on 3 screens. TriStar pulled the movie out of all cinemas after only two weeks of release, due to irate protests/picket lines and a huge dropoff in it’s 2nd weekend box office.
The Janus was the only theater in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area to show the infamous movie ‘Showgirls’ when it was released in 1995. Controversial at the time, my husband and I went to see it opening weekend. A local newschannel was waiting outside of the theatre, asking patrons how they liked the movie and if it was as shocking as rumored. We ducked and ran to the car, embarrassed and afraid that members of our church would see that we had gone to see ‘Showgirls’!
Visited this particular cinema a few times in the mid to late 90’s. It was the only theatre showing the movie ‘Jawbreaker’ in the area and my teenage niece was dying to see it. The movie was awful, and the cinema was empty on a Friday night. This was back in early ‘99, so I’m surprised they kept the doors open until '01.
I have family in Myrtle Beach, SC and we always drove to Murrells Inlet to catch a movie at the Inlet Square 12. In the summer, the theatre was packed full. In the off season, it wasn’t unusual to be the only one in a screening. I remember when they expanded and added on the additional 5 screens. This was a great mall and a great theatre back in it’s day. The Frank Theatre Chain has opened up one of the coolest theatres I’ve ever been to in it’s place. In addition to the multiplex, there is a bowling alley, arcade, restaurant and bar that you have to walk through to get to the ticket counter. Reasonably priced as well. Hope it makes it :–)
Newspaper listings for this drive-in were always entertaining. Longtime owner Don Davis offered a brief opinion on each film. Thank you for the information Element02, that was an interesting read!
The theatre that has been known as the Downtown Cinema for the past fifteen years or more, is now listed as the ‘Early Theatre’ in newspaper listings and on their phone message. Price has gone up to $5.00 per person, most movies shown are already out on DVD. Beginning of the end if you ask me :–/