1501 Horton Road,
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Opening on December 12, 1986, the Willowdaile Cinema became the second multiplex theater to open in the greater Raleigh-Durham area, and the first 8-screen theatre to open under Carmike Cinemas. The theatre was located in the northern section of Durham at Willowdaille Shopping Center at the intersection of Horton Road and Guess Road. The premiere attractions for its grand opening were “The Three Amigos”, and showing on two screens was Eddie Murphy in “The Golden Child” which played in its largest auditorium that had a seating capacity of 500 and full Dolby Stereo Sound.
The Willowdaille Cinema was the place to come and see some of Hollywood’s best. By the early 2000’s, the Willowdaile Cinema had fallen on hard times due to the increased number of newer, more sophisticated mulitplexs in Durham, changing demographics in that part of town, and the lenghty road widening project on Guess Road that took over five years to complete. By June 2, 2005, after more than 19 years of serving the greater Durham community, the Willowdaille Cinema 8 closed its doors forever. It was demolished in early-2006 to make way for a Harris Teeter grocer that opened in mid-2009 on the site where the Willowdaille Cinema 8 had once stood.
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