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raysson commented about Gateway Cinema 1 & 2 on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

A lot of porn matinees were shown in a lot of the Schneider-Merl Theatres during the early-1970’s and the Gateway was no exception. Theatres under the Schneider-Merl chain in cities like Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Asheville,and Winston-Salem. All of that change when Atlanta based Martin Theatres bought out Schneider-Merl during the mid-1970’s.

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raysson commented about Center Theater on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

Last operated under Plitt Southern Theatres when it closed in early-1981.

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raysson commented about Gateway Cinema 1 & 2 on Dec 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

THEATRE HISTORY OF THE GATEWAY CINEMA:

1973-1976 Schneider-Merl Corporation

1976-1982 Martin Theatres

1982-1994 Carmike Cinemas

1994-Present Independent Family Operated Chain

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raysson commented about Gateway Cinema 1 & 2 on Dec 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

DavidDynamic and NightHawk1: About those matinees…..

The Gateway Cinema along with other theatres under the Schneider-Merl chain were showing porn matinees alongside its regular features. Most of these matinees were showed on the right side of the cinema while the regular first-run features were shown to the left. The Gateway was not alone here in the business of showing adult films during matinees. Not to mention having porn films as part of its weekend late shows. Other theatres under the Schneider-Merl chain were doing this as well until ownership changed hands by 1976 when Atlanta-based Martin Theatres took over all of the Schneider-Merl operations. Under new ownership by Martin Theatres, all porn matinees were ceased and the porn films were even giving special showings or weekend late shows. If they were adult films shown they would be given one showing during the evening performances and not during its matinees(which were given to the regular features and special children’s matinees)which was under strict company policy of Martin Theatres which lasted until the early-1980’s. By the time Carmike Cinemas took over in 1982, the showing of adult matinees and pornographic material were completely gone and a new era which was home video that killed the porn matinee business.

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raysson commented about Gateway Cinema 1 & 2 on Dec 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

DavidDynamic and NightHawk1: I found the opening date information on this theatre and revised this onto the Cinema Treasures site. The cinema’s original chain was under Schneider-Merl Theatres Corporation(which also owned and operated several movie theatres in North Carolina in Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Asheville, Burlington, Elizabeth City, and Winston-Salem).

It opened as the Gateway Cinema I & II and it was Elizabeth City’s first-ever twin theatre under Schneider-Merl on January 19, 1973. It was owned and operated later on by Atlanta-based Martin Theatres and later on Carmike Cinemas. By 1994, Carmike Cinemas abandoned this theatre and it was picked up and operated under another owner which was an independent based chain. It was a twin theatre from the start. As of this record, it is the only operating theatre in town under that independent chain.

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raysson commented about A Tribute to Our Former Blog Editor Michael Zoldessy on Nov 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

Michael Zoldessy: Now that you’re leaving Cinema Treasures for other venues, let me asked you if Cinema Treasures is hiring for any and all positions at this time. E-Mail me at

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raysson commented about A Tribute to Our Former Blog Editor Michael Zoldessy on Nov 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

Also shouts out to Michael Coate as well for his valuable information concerning classic movies and classic movie theaters.

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raysson commented about Center Theatre on Oct 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

CORRECTION; “My Fair Lady”, “The Ten Commandments” and “Doctor Zhivago” played at this theatre. “My Fair Lady” was the Center’s reserved seat engagement.

“The Sound of Music” however played at the new theatre which was called THE LAKEWOOD CENTER THEATRE in early-1967. It did not played at the Center Downtown since it was already closed by 1966.

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raysson commented about Center Theatre on Oct 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

CORRECTION: This theatre was operational from 1939-1966. It closed in August of 1966 when it moved to the new state of the art movie theater at Lakewood Shopping Center that opened in mid-November of 1966.

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raysson commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

Are they getting ready to close this beloved site?
What is going on here?

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raysson commented about Ahoskie Cinema 4 on Oct 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

This was owned and operated at one time under Martin Theatres(when it was labeled the Earl Twin) and later on under Carmike Cinemas(when the name changed to the Carmike Cinema 4)before it was dropped in the 1990’s.

This theatre is now independently owned and operated.

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raysson commented about Janus Theatres on Oct 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

The JANUS also got the adult “porn” films too. It got the only exclusive showing of the notorious adult picture EMANUELLE IN AMERICA first-run showing with complete matinees in early-1977.

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raysson commented about Janus Theatres on Oct 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Other movies that got first-run exclusive billing:

ALIEN-where it played on 2 screens in DOLBY STEREO

APOCALYPSE NOW-Directed by Francis Ford Coppula

The original STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE

Steven Spielburg’s “E.T.”-played on 2 screens-DOLBY

“BACK TO THE FUTURE”

“TOP GUN”

Not to mention the North Carolina exclusive engagement showing of Steven Spielburg’s THE COLOR PURPLE

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raysson commented about Theater owners complain about Interstellar film release on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

Charlotte’s Park Terrace which is over 50 years old is still the only moviehouse in the Carolinas capable of showing movies in 70mm-6 track stereophonic capability.

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raysson commented about Theater owners complain about Interstellar film release on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

Only 2 theatres in the state of North Carolina has 70mm presentation in their formats.

Charlotte: Park Terrace

Raleigh: Mission Valley

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raysson commented about Frank Theatres Sand Hills Cinemas 10 on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

should be labeled under the new title:
FRANK THEATRES SANDHILLS CINEMA 10

Opened as the Sandhills Cinema 10 under All Star Theatres on March 22, 2001.

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raysson commented about Blue Ridge Cinemas on Oct 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

BLUE RIDGE CINEMAS is the only Carmike discount house in operation that is East of Raleigh. There are NO discount houses in other parts of Eastern North Carolina that are under Carmike Cinemas.

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raysson commented about Key Theatre on Oct 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

The KEY THEATER basically opened in 1969 as a single screener and later on was split into two sections and somewhere during the late-1970’s/early-1980’s when from 2 tO 4 screens showing first-run independent features, documentaries and foreign films.

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raysson commented about Valley Theatres I & II on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

A BEST BUY store now stands on the opposite side of the plaza area of Crabtree Valley where the former Valley Twin Theatres once stood.

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raysson commented about Carmike Yorktowne Twin on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

Heading should be Carmike Yorktowne Twin 2500 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, NC 27707-2866

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raysson commented about South Square Mall Cinemas I, II, III, IV on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

Should be headed as 4001 Chapel Hill Boulevard Durham, NC 27707

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raysson commented about AMC Concord Mills 24 on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

The second megaplex under AMC Theatres to open in the greater Charlotte area after the AMC Carolina Pavilion became AMC’s first venture in the Charlotte market in 1996.

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raysson commented about Town Cinema 6 on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

I have the original ads from its May 24,1985 opening of the Town Cinema 6. If you need to see them please contact me at and I would be glad to send you the newspaper scans.

AMADEUS was one of the grand opening attractions that the Town Cinema 6 had that was one of the 70MM Dolby Stereo presentations in the Carolinas.

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raysson commented about Town Cinema 6 on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

Opened on May 24,1985 under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Closed on June 16,1997 by Carmike Cinemas.

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raysson commented about University Cinemas 6 on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

Opened on August 2, 1985 under Consolidated Theatres.