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Parkwood Triple closed in late 2003/early 2004
The bathrooms are very, very foul smelling.
That’s my thinking. I mean, if you can snatch up the rural market and control it, it makes sense to ensure you’re on top all the time. It’s dirty, unfair business at its finest.
Also, how in the world isn’t Carmike 12 not closed? It’s in desperate need of a major cosmetic overhaul and smells disgusting…come to think of it, every Carmike built in the 80s and 90s that I’ve visited have smelled horrendously bad (especially the bathrooms).
Correction, Hull Story Gibson still owns Wilson Mall.
I think it was at the behest of Carmike. According to a newspaper article in The Wilson Times (then The Wilson Daily Times) a member of Carmike Corporate said a “Gentleman’s agreement was met” in reference to Regal’s closing in 2006 (Less than three months after Carmike 10’s opening).
It was a bit irritating to find this out because I considered leasing the building to show second run films.
There was a threat of legal action but it didn’t hold up. According to former members of management, the mall’s then new owners (Hull Story Gibson) offered a very sweet deal — the full extent of which isn’t known to me. However, I know for certain that a portion of this agreement included reduced rent for a number of years. It hasn’t been confirmed, but there is a bit of scuttle surrounding a stipulation on HSG’s part to help with utility costs for an undetermined amount of time. The owners of Heritage Crossing weren’t as accommodating, thus leading to the deal with HSG.
The mall has since switched ownership and the promises of Hull Story Gibson, which fell flat early on, were done away with.
@Karolinalock: The location is terrible and the price tag is $900,000+. The building will need some serious cosmetic work and the state of any and all hardware is completely unknown. I’ll be honest, it wouldn’t be worth the near $2,000,000 you’d spend to buy it and get it functional again because there’s already a 20 screen movie theater on the other side of town, a multi-screen movie theater on the military base just down the road, and an all digital multi-plex twenty five minutes away (Carmike 10 in Wilson).
Carmike 10 opened its doors the second week of May in 2006, it was the first all digital theater in the state and was the first and only theater to utilize modern 3D technology in the state of North Carolina at this time. It also served as the only cinema in the state to play the children’s adventure film “Monster House” in 3D.
While state of the art in every way, the projection booth featured three .35mm projectors (houses 5, 6, & 10) in tandem with ten Christie DLP projectors as an effort to ease the transition from celluloid to digital.
Currently, rumors are circling the community pertaining to Carmike’s departure from it’s current location due to unfulfilled promises by Wilson Mall’s management and ownership. The likely location for a new theater is the Heritage Crossing shopping center on Raleigh Road — the original choice of location for Carmike 10 in 2004.
Unfortunately, due to a deed stipulation, the building can never again be used as a movie theater.
A shame really. I saw my first film at a cinema in this building back in the 80s and worked there from 2002-2004 (my first job outside of under the table gigs). This is where my love for film was born.
Much like the Gold Park Triple, the building was converted into a church.
The theater and the adjacent buildings have been purchased, the price for all three together was under $15,000.
As understood, there is a tentative plan to gut all three buildings and instal either a distillery or a brewery in an effort to bring life to this otherwise sleepy farming community.