AMC Classic Salem Valley 8
1700 Apperson Drive,
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Operated by: AMC Theatres
Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres
Architects: Bill Murphy
Firms: Brookbank, Murphy & Shields
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Valley Theatre, Salem Valley 8
The Valley Theatre opened on January 30, 1976 with four screens and was operated by Consolidated Theatres. On May 19, 1989 it was renamed Salem Valley 8. In 1994 it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas. It was taken over by AMC in early-2017.
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Sits partly on the site of the LeeHi Drive In
The first four-screen theater in the Roanoke area opened on January 30, 1976 as the Valley Cinema. The four auditoria were configured to radiate from the octagonal lobby, so they shared no common walls. The largest auditorium, with 350 seats, had its own projection booth, and the other three, with 300, 250, and 200 seats respectively, shared one booth. The Project architect was Bill Murphy of the Columbus, Georgia firm Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.
I forgot to put a citation in my previous comment. The information is from the June, 1976 issue of The Virginia Record Magazine.
Valley cinema opening article 10 Jan 1976, Sat Roanoke Times and World-News (Roanoke, Virginia) Newspapers.com
Grand opening ad posted.
Original layout looks identical to the Kingston four in Knoxville.
and a couple in Nashville as well.
Architect Bill Murphy, firm Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.
Seating capacities at this theater:
Renamed Salem Valley 8 on May 19th, 1989, and taken over in 1994 by Carmike Cinemas. Reseated and reopened on October 15th 1999. More ads posted.