Cardinal Theater

1411 Lejeune Boulevard,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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Cardinal Theater

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The Cardinal Theater was Eastern North Carolina’s first ever Ultra-Vision cinema. It opened under Wilby-Kincey Theatres on July 2, 1969 with John Wayne in “True Grit”. A second screen was later added and it became a twin. At some point new walls were built on each side and another two screens were added. The Cardinal Theater closed in June of 1999. A night club is now located in the building.

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raysson
raysson on January 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

HISTORY:
1969-1973: Wilby-Kincey Corporation
1973-1976: ABC Southeastern Theatres
1976-1987: Plitt Southern Theatres
1987-1992: Cineplex Odeon Corporation
1992-1999: Carmike Cinemas

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

In December 1983 the Cardinal theatre was managed by Clifton Clement.IT was a PLITT THEATRE.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

This place was a real bird.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

TSLOEWS I would love to see some of your marquees.You certainly have a WAY with words.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Anyone interested,on Facebook there is REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES for anyone that worked for PLitt.

raysson
raysson on September 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

The Cardinal Theatre opened on July 2,1969 with John Wayne in TRUE GRIT…..This was an ULTRAVISION theatre

Closed on June 3, 1999 by Carmike Cinemas.

kaykyserkenny
kaykyserkenny on October 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Saw “Jaws” when it opened there. Only seats available were on the front row, looking straight up into the largest screen around at the time. Oh, when that head popped up through the sunken boat!

raysson
raysson on April 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Saw THE RETURN OF THE JEDI opening weekend here when the Cardinal was a twin theater on May 26,1983. Played in the largest auditorium with a seating capacity of 750.

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