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Scheduled to open on Friday October 1, 2016. Further information on this theater will be added on a later date. In the meantime,this cinema is still under construction. The Ovation Cinema 9 will be Carmike’s fifth theater chain in the greater Raleigh-Durham area.
The first to open between Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina. Carmike Cinemas owns and operates three theaters in the Raleigh area(Carmike 15, Blue Ridge 14,and Park Place 16 in Morrisville),and one in Durham(Wynnsong 15).
You probably worked there when they showed “E.T.” too which brought in capacity crowds in 1982. Also played here was the original “Lethal Weapon” movie in 1987.
You was one of the many who saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at Charlottetown Mall during its original engagement. The film played from June 12, 1981 until April 1,1982 in which surpass STAR WARS' original engagement as the longest-running tenture at Charlottetown Mall.
Other long-running tenture films played here were Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER that played at Charlottetown Mall from March 25,1972 until June 30,1972.(Not to mention THE GODFATHER:PART 2 played here too in December 20,1974 until February 17,1975) Not to mention the Charlottetown’s Reserved Seat Engagement presentation of John Huston’s THE BIBLE first-run in January of 1967. The original PLANET OF THE APES played here.
All the James Bond-007 films played here first-run and they had some great movies that did big business like “Star Wars”, “Raiders”, “Die Hard”,to name a few and some really bad ones too(I fondly remember the worst movie of the 1980’s “Disorderlies” starring The Fat Boys…and anything starring Pauly Shore,and a really bad comedy called “Up The Creek”,not to mention “Superman III”)
It was a grand movie palace that sat across the street from the Charlottetown Mall at the intersection of Kings Drive and Independence Blvd. that was in business from 1963 until 1994. Sad to see it go. Today,it is a business center. Thanks for replying.
I have the original grand opening ad from November 1963 and if you would like to see this and I be glad to sent it you. My e-mail address is posted at the top of the message. Thanks.
Greenville Grande Stadium 14 opened under Charlotte based Consolidated Theatres on April 20, 2007. It was Greenville’s newest megaplex with stadium seating in all auditoriums along with THX-Dolby Sound Systems,advance ticketing,plush seating with cupholders and two large concession stands.
The Premiere Theatres 12 opened on December 1, 2006 as Wayne County’s first-ever megaplex theater that basically took over the movie houses in Goldsboro as the Litchfeld-United Artists 6, Carmike Berkeley Mall 4, and the Carmike Eastgate Twin were converted into discount houses. It is owned and operated under UEC Theatres that also owned and operated theatres in Kinston(Premiere Theatres 7),and Rocky Mount(Premiere Theatres 14). They have been astoundingly successful in ridding ancient Carmike Cinemas in Eastern North Carolina and giving this small towns like Goldsboro a first-class experience in movie-going entertainment.
The Exclusive Engagement Showing of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001:A Space Odyssey” played here in November,1968 first-run.
Please send me your e-mail address and I will send you the ad. The format that I have the ad on is on Adobe and it will not let me upload the ad from this site.
I have in my possession the grand opening advertisement for the Rowan Twin Cinema from June 29, 1979 with the opening features “Moonraker”,and “Rocky II”. If you need to see this please contact me at
KING OF KINGS also played at the Cameron Village as a reserved seat engagement for it’s Eastern North Carolina premiere on January 26, 1962. Presented in Super Technirama 70mm and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound.
A fact about this theatre. Carmike Cinemas was bought out by American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres)and who knows when the new changed will take place since this theatre’s days are numbered with the opening of the Silverspot Cinemas at Chapel Hill’s University Mall that opened in October 2015.
The Wynnsong Cinemas is the only Carmike venue between Durham and Chapel Hill. Carmike also has three other cinemas in Raleigh(Blue Ridge 10 & Carmike 15),and in Morrisville(Park Place 16) that may be affected.
skeeter81:The Ambassador Theatre also showed the “X” rated feature BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS first-run in 1970 as a late show.
So this means Lenoir will not have a first-run movie theater after the Westgate’s closing. Will Carmike Cinemas planning to built another theater in it’s place? Question for Don Carver. E-mail at
TOP GUN was the only 70mm Dolby Stereo presentation in the Carolinas upon it’s general release at Raleigh’s Mission Valley Cinema on May 16,1986. Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem were absent from the 70mm presentations of TOP GUN.
They did the same thing in 2007 when they closed the Starlite Drive-In & Flea Market in Durham and turned it into a parking lot for a Wal-Mart Super Center and Auto……I know how you feel Kris….“why”
To the manager of the Smithfield Cinemas:
I have in my possession the grand opening ad for this theater when it opened in 2004 that was located in the Entertainment and Arts section of the Raleigh News and Observer. If you wish to see the ad,I do have a microfilm copy available at your convenience. I can be contacted at
It should say December 9, 1983 grand opening ad.
Whoever put the wrong information is incorrect.
Seating capacity for this theater:
Screens 1 and 2 seated 200
Screens 3 and 4 seated 175
Screens 5 and 6 seated 150
Total 1,050 seats
Opened on May 16, 1998 as the Raleigh Grande Stadium Cinemas under Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres. Carolina Cinemas took over in 2008 when the Consolidated Theatres sign was still on the marquee.
STAR WARS played here first-run in Raleigh on July 1, 1977. It played for an astounding 24 weeks.
This theater is permanently closed. The last day of business was on December 17, 2015.
In it’s earlier days as a single screen movie house it was the reserved seat engagements of “Camelot” along with “The Sound of Music”, “My Fair Lady”, “2001” and the 70mm versions of “Gone With The Wind”, “Doctor Zhivago”,“Patton”,and “Ben Hur”(re-release)
I saw not only “Back to the Future 2” here but also “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1989…but the Center’s showing of “Boyz In The Hood” and “New Jack City” brought in capacity crowds in 1991…. Nobody knows that a time capsule was placed there for 2016….
November 24,1966 was the year this theatre opened replacing the Downtown moviehouse that closed….
VARSITY THEATRE opening November 9, 1941 with 505 seats. Closed in the early-1970’s when it became the STUDIO 1 cinema with 493 seats.
Walt Disney’s MARY POPPINS played at the COLONY first-run as the Eastern North Carolina premiere presentation on January 22, 1965.
Information concerning this theatre will be revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I do have the original grand opening ads from it’s April 1, 1942 opening which contains vast information with seating capacity and other features. If you need to see the ads from 1942 please feel free to contact me at
From 1942 until 1981 it was known as the COLONY
Previously operated under Consolidated Theatres and later under Schneider-Merl Corporation and Martin Theatres. Martin Theatres closed the COLONY in 1981 when it was a second-run discount house.
From 1983 to the present it became the RIALTO under Harp Theatres from 1983 until 1994 when it was restored and showing independent films and foreign features. Ambassador Entertainment took over operations in 1994 under owner Bill Peebles.
The RIALTO at Five Points opened on October 7, 1983 under new management with the grand opening feature TENDER MERCIES starring Robert Duvall.