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This theater looks like it was built in the early-to-mid 1970s as either a twin or triple cinema; a 1998-built mainstream cinema would have at least six screens and stadium seating in some of the auditoriums.
Regal Cinemas ran this theater as the Regal Cinema 7; they dropped this theater around 2001. This theater was reopened by an independent as the Sedgefield Crossing $2 Cinemas in 2002 as mentioned above in the introduction.
The name of this theater in the 1989-90 ads was “High Point Road Cinema”, which was most likely the final name of this theater.
Was this theater intended to be a Consolidated theater, but opened after Regal’s buyout of Consolidated? It has the two-tower entrance design typical of Consolidated’s most recent theatres.
The road running between Burger King and Pitt Community College was named Tice Road after the drive-in theater formerly located on the Burger King/shopping center site.
This theater was gone by 1990. Carmike’s operating theaters in Winston-Salem in September 1990 were as follows: Marketplace 6, Thruway Twin, Reynolda Triple, University Twin (discount), and Parkview Twin (discount). The Parkway did not appear in the newspaper listings at that time; it was probably closed long before Carmike took over the Cineplex Odeon houses (Marketplace and Thruway).
This is now the Ahoskie Cinema 4.
The fifth and sixth screens of this cinema were added sometime after “Showgirls” played here in 1995; at the time “Showgirls” ran here it was known as the UA Cinema 4. The final name of this cinema was UA Cinema 6, as Regal did/does not use its own name simultaneously with the United Artists brand on any of its cinemas (unlike AMC and its former Loews locations – now AMC Loews).
Goldsboro now has only one cinema open to civilians, the UEC Premiere Theatres 12. There may be a military cinema on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
This theater was also known as the Paramount Twin (after Martin Theatres twinned it), reverting to Paramount Theatre when it reopened as a live venue.
The last remnants of the North 11 Drive-In (marquee and ticket booth) have been demolished.
Not very likely that Vernon Park Mall will go high-end; all of Kinston’s upscale retail is downtown on the west side of Queen Street (the Paramount Theatre is apparently on the wrong [east] side of Queen Street). A reuse of the Mall Cinema is even more unlikely; there are plenty of empty cinemas laying around Eastern North Carolina and three vacant cinemas in Kinston alone (Mall Cinema, Park Theatre and Paramount Theatre). None of them will likely ever be used as theaters (live or film) again; the Mall Cinema seems to be too far gone for conversion to retail/office space. Redevelopment would most likely push retail space closer to Vernon Avenue with the cinema and plaza being demolished and replaced with office buildings (or sold separately from the main mall).
Kinston had at least two other downtown “white” theaters besides the Paramount. The Oasis Theatre was located at 106 South Queen Street and the building at 102 S. Queen Street may have been the Carolina Theatre. The Center Theatre also operated downtown, possibly an AKA for either the Oasis or the Carolina theaters.
The Center Theatre is most likely an AKA for either the Oasis Theatre at 106 S. Queen Street or the Carolina Theatre, possibly at 102 S. Queen Street (two doors north of the Oasis).
The former Oasis Theatre currently houses a church. It appears to have been converted to retail around 1960. The building at 102 South Queen Street appears to have also been built as a movie theater (possibly the Carolina Theatre).
The Mall Cinema Twin has not been demolished – yet. Vernon Park Mall is essentially a dead mall now, as anchor JCPenney has just closed their store here. Aside from Belk and junior anchors Goody’s (THEY still exist?) and Sears Hometown Store (hardlines only), Vernon Park Mall is empty. The Mall Cinema building and the former Winn-Dixie strip next to it are vacant as well; only a drycleaning shop between the cinema and the old Winn-Dixie strip remains in business. This mall is ripe for redevelopment as a strip mall; most likely everything except Belk will be torn down. Aerial views of the Mall Cinema show a deteriorated roof that looks ready to fall in; it will probably be demolished when redevelopment of the Vernon Park Mall takes place.
The Oasis Theatre now has its own listing on Cinema Treasures, so it may be a different theater from the Center and Carolina theaters. Perhaps the Center and Carolina were the same theater?
Was this theater ever named the Center Theatre?
Roanoke Rapids, the city in which this Peoples Theater is located, is actually in North Carolina (not South Carolina).
Correct website for the Premiere Theatres 14 Rocky Mount: www.uecmovies.com
Carmike’s last day of operating the Golden East 4 was May 1, 2003 (a Thursday). The Cinema Grill opened in December 2003 and was gone by April 2004. Raysson: I had the extreme displeasure of watching “Harry and the Hendersons”…made even worse by watching it at the Plaza Cinema in Greenville – in the middle auditorium (a rotten shoebox with a postage-stamp screen, it was the right half of the original auditorium). From my one time watching a movie at the Golden East 4 (in 2003), it seemed that Carmike had brought in people from the defunct Plaza Cinema 3 in Greenville to run Golden East 4. The Rocky Mount theater was just as run-down as the Greenville shoebox was on its last night of operation (August 6, 1998 – I saw “There’s Something About Mary”). The Cinema Grill concept was too upscale for Rocky Mount; it may have fared better in Greenville at the Carolina East 4, Buccaneer 3 or Park Theater locations. The Golden East should have been converted to a 99-cent second-run house instead; Books-a-Million wound up moving in the vacant theater at Golden East Crossing.
The Premiere 14 (originally 12) in Rocky Mount was UEC’s second location in North Carolina, opening two weeks after the Premiere 7 in Kinston (April 21, 2000). The Premiere 12 in Goldsboro followed in 2009. These three Premiere Theatres in Eastern North Carolina were never part of a chain called Premiere Cinemas.
This theater should be listed as Closed and Demolished.
The owners of the Park Theatre in Kinston were as follows: H.B. Meiselman Theatres, ca. 1951 (opening) through 1968; Eastern Federal Corp., 1969-70; Winyah Bay Theatres, 1970-73; Martin Theatres (Fuqua Industries), 1973-ca. 1981 (closing).
I had my doubts about S&E owning this Park Theatre; I probably confused this with the Park Theatre over in Greenville (which was definitely S&E since 1960, when it was still the State). This Park Theatre in Kinston sold Coca-Cola drinks, whereas S&E Theatres sold Pepsi products. Coca-Cola would be more in line with Martin: both Martin Theatres and Coca-Cola were out of Georgia. As to the Trans-Lux/Plaza Cinema 1, I went there one time only, to see Disney’s “The Rescuers”. I was not impressed with that theater, and neither were my parents – we never went back. If a movie we wanted to see played the Kinston Plaza, we went to Greenville to see it – the Kinston Plaza Cinema made the awful (Pitt) Plaza Cinema 1-2-3 in Greenville look good. The Park Theatre in Kinston was the best movie house in town during the 1970s; the only other Martin Theatre in eastern North Carolina (east of Interstate 95) was the old Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro.