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Looks very comfy but the maintenance and clean up has to be a pain.
Sadly, no. The Visitor’s Center has,for the most, taken over the building.
PS: Yes, that totally contradicts what is posted in the description of the theatre. My goof on the first. The addresses for Union Street hip hop’d a lot over the years.
The Paramount is located across the street from the Cabarrus in the shopping arcade that is currently under renovations.
There were several theatres in downtown Concord. Unfortunately none of the building have retained their original facades. First Charter Bank houses it’s security offices in what used to be the Cabarrus Theatre. That is the theatre with the movie star signed charter (or plague as it is referred to) hanging in the main entrance. After 9/11 the front door became password protected thus making it impossible for anyone to see a neat part of Concord’s film history.
This theatre was originally called the Paramount whenever it was located across the street in what is now the closed “Union Street Mall”. Earlier on this year the feds had deemed it a historical landmark and I believe that they have begun renovation that recently has run into a halt status. Right beside of this Union Street Mall is a lovely little white building that houses the City of Concord Zoning/Planning office. That was the Star Theatre. Note the three projectionist windows that angle the incoming light down so that it would not shine into the theatre.
Further down the street (and since my track record is rather off concerning the exact addresses) there was the Pastime Theatre, The New Piedmont Theatre, the Theatorium, and the Lincoln Theatre located just off of Union street.
Hope that helps!
PS: If you go to the history room in the Concord Library you can find tons of photos concerning the theatres,
I will be sending them via Gmail.
The photos aren’t older..just a sneak into a theatre that was sitting open. ;)
The Carolina is closing?? Nooooo… Wow what a complete waste of a great theatre.
UNC doesn’t realize what she has lost.
Wow, this is truly a sad debate. Is “The” such a huge issue? Tara, The Tara either way it is the same theatre. For the locals yes, the theatre is Tara and for those outside of the area it is The Tara. Is there any use in getting your film in a wrap over such a trivial debate? Simma down a bit and use this time to go support your local art house.
Not to thread jack but does anyone know the name of the little brown theatre that is now a ballet studio that is about a ½ mile from Emory? My friend who lives down there can’t find the name of it. Everytime I visit Atlanta I go to that really good pizza parlor near the little brown theatre and see if I can get a name for it.
…sorry for the thread jack.
/ has pictures
Oh my gosh yes…have you guys seen her recent books? Two prints of The Longest Yard. Sure that film is a Regal sponored movie but (A) Tara shouldn’t be playing it, and (B) two prints??? Sounds like someone’s already got exclusive advertisement right for the DVD.
Update on the Capri…
She has apparently recieved a nice overhall and is currently housing the show Menopause: The Musical. No folks.. I’m not making that up.
hew I’m so glad that she wasn’t raised.
In the mid to late 80’s there was a mess of a mall called CityFair built right beside of the theatre. As a way to gain control of the Carolina Theatre property the developer of CityFair had the lobby and theatre office area condemed based on reasons that were discovered not to be true during the demolition of the theatre’s lobby. It was quite a task for them to raise the sturdy lobby and office area. Luckily CityFair flopped, the developer experiennced huge legals woes and the rest of the theatre remians.
Whenever you approach the Carolina you do see the remaining stonework for the box office. Then you see an obviously empty lot. That is where the theatre’s lobby and offices used to be. The next feature you will notice is a massive wall painted with a mural for the Carolina Theatre. Behind that wall and in that building is the Carolina Theatre’s auditorium. So basically you didn’t miss anything other than the elephant in the corner drapped with a table cloth. ;)
Don’t worry, it took me a while to realize what sections of the theatre were theatre and what was missing.
Hey Patrick can we move this discussion over to the listing for the Carolina Theatre? Thanks!
I think that the Carolina has a far better chance for restoration than the Capri. The “new” traffic pattern on East Independence is such a mess and the neighborhood behind the theatre is really high in crime.
Although I hate to see any theatre put up to the wrecking ball I would have to say that the Capri’s future isn’t to great.
And it is such a neat looking theatre as well…
UPDATE: As of this morning (5/26/2005) the Carolina Malls Cinemas 8 is closing while the she transitions ownership to become part of the Southeast Cinemas theatre chain. This company recently acquired the REG Eastgate Cinemas 5 just up the insterstate in Albemarle,NC.
The new owners have a $1,000,000/ 2 month long renovation plan in the works. Their first goal will completed this Friday (5/27/2005) by drastically discounting the prices to $5.00 for adults and $3 for matinees, children and seniors. From there on they will proceed to gut out the and rebuild the lobby along with converting the theatres into stadium seating.
What an excellent thing to happen to such a great place. :) Of course… I am biased… ;)
[i] This is exactly what Anschutz did when he aquired Regal Cinemas, United Artist and Edward Theaters.
Now it looks as though he will controll Sundance as well. [/i]
I completely agree with you focus. If you will recall R.E.G recently purchased Charlotte based Eastern Federal cineams, a chain well known in the southeastern states for obtaining smaller and often hard to find prints. This company is going to single handedly take out what few smatterings of film nastolgia are left in the industry.
Even though there have been a number of theatres closed since our merger I would have to think that he is getting close to being a monopoly. In Charlotte alone R.E.G own about 75% of the screens. The only other major contender is AMC with 3 theatres. Of course there is one AMStar theatre and a few discount houses but AMC and REG are now the only tow options. Kinda of like our radio stations: Clear Channel or Infinity.
A sad sad day in Charlotte. We now have two major options… REG or AMC.
Having worked for both EF and UA,then REG, I certainly hope that REG doesn’t strip out the independent spirit of Eastern Federal Cinemas.
Shame on EF for selling out. :(
I would love to see a theatre that didn’t have roof leaks. We about the same thing to happen 5 years ago but luckily the girl didn’t get injured. Her friends laughed at her, the fire retardant made her head itch and her mom experienced “emotional distress” and was hospitalized.
Because the studio alwasy send in some insanely snobbish auditor to check that you have played their previews with their film.
REG and AMC started doing the “pre-show” hub-bub before the start of the the showtime. None the less you still have to sit through 15 minutes of trailers.
Yeah,..I know. Hence the Tut’s tomb ref. I can’t imagine what was left behind.
You know..if there are wink wink nudge nudge any other goodies please let us know.
Gosh, I bet it’s like walking into Tut’s tomb.
Given my history with United Artist and then Regal I would love to know how the Edwards Theatres are holding out. Jeffrey would you happen to have any insight on this question? R.E.G tends to treat UA and Edwards like two illegitimate child on opposite sides of the house. There is never any communication between the two.
Even though I loathed the merger of UA,Regal and Edwards the truth is that UA could not financially maintain many of the theatres that was ignored during the Merrill Lynch dynasty of United Artists Theatres. The stockholders milked and milked until the cow was jerky then put it out to pasture die. Most monies created by the theatre chain went to the ML stock holders and rarely to keeping up the theatres.
Once Regal bought out Edward’s and UA’s debts they touched up most theatres and gave them a far shot. A large number of the theatres didn’t even make the first round because they were in poor shape. Since Spring 2002 REG has given an almost costly attempt to keep these classic theatres going but ..sigh..the damage was inoperable.
Sadly enough this means that many of the UA theatres have gone dark.
It wasn’t a matter of Regal v/s UA, although at many times it felt like it. It come down to the fact it took UA 80 years and many theatres later to go into bankruptcy court whereas it only took Regal 15 years and a handful of theatres to do so.
Oh, I understand. I’ve done a bit myself. I wasn’t suggesting that he go in more-as locate some great structures and take some shots.
Very eerie indeed but I dig it. Thanks for posting the photos. In fact you whole website is rather cool. Have you thought about doing a little bit of “urban exlporing” and taking shots of the buildings?
[i]Yes, some copies of Metropolis are in public domain, but not the latest restoration that Transit Film of Munich did – USA theatrical rights are controlled by Kino and that version is copyrighted.
The prints that I viewed were absolutely beautiful. They really spent alot of time cleaning the film up.
Public viewing is a such a tricky thing to get the studio to agree on. Good luck.