Raleighwood Cinema Grill

6609 Falls of the Neuse Road,
Raleigh, NC 27615

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Raleighwood Cinema Grill

Located in the Falls Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Sandy Forks Road Falls of the Neuse Road. It opened on December 21, 1977 as the Fitzgerald Screening Rooms 1 & 2, and seated 300 (each auditorium having 150 seats). Martin Theatres acquired the Fitzgerald Screening Rooms after it closed in 1978, and renamed it the Falls Twin Theatres on January 26, 1979. Carmike acquired it in 1982 after Carmike bought out Martin Theatres. By 1989, the Falls Twin Theatres went from showing first-run features to becoming a second-run discount dollar house under Carmike Cinemas, who closed the Falls Twin Theatres in 1993.

The Falls Twin Theatres sat vacant for three years when it was converted into a cinema cafe, with updated projection and digital sound systems, opening in 1996 as the Raleighwood Cinema Grill. As of this day it is the highest rated movie theatre/sports bar restaurant in Raleigh.

Contributed by James Keane, raysson

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travistarrant on September 16, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I have been to this theatre a few times and it is a GREAT place to watch the Super Bowl, but the pop corn is VILE!!!! The last time I was there was in 2000, so it might be different, but the pop corn was not in a tub, it was served in a basket and covered in that awful butter flavored seasoning salt.

raysson on November 5, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Formerly the Falls Village Twin Theatres.

raysson on May 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

It was also known as the Fitzgeralds as well(aka The Falls Twin)
Opened on Wednesday December 21, 1977 as a twin cinema with the premiere attractions:

SCREEN ONE: “Another Man,Another Chance” with James Caan (Rated PG)

SCREEN TWO: “Semi-Tough” with Burt Reynolds (Rated R)

**Source: The Wednesday December 21, 1977 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

A loser of a theatre all around to me.

raysson on June 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Mike Rogers and NightHawk 1:

This was one of the theatres CARMIKE CINEMAS operated during the late-1980’s and early-1990’s when the Falls Twin Theatres was a virtual dump. When CARMIKE operated it, it was a second-run discount theatre where the auditoriums were dirty and don’t get me started on the seats and whatever else was under them. One employee who worked at this theatre told me it was so much garbage underneath the seats you wouldn’t believe it….a pair of someone’s underwear was under the seats,and it wasn’t very pretty. This is why they closed the Falls Twin Theatres in 1993.

It sat vacant for three years until 1996,when new owners took this theatre and renovated everything including the restrooms and gave this former theatre a major upgrade when it became the Raleighwood Cinema Grill and Restaurant. It was a major improvement!!!!

I heard they added a sports bar on the other side of the Raleighwood Cinema Grill,which used to be the manager’s office of the Falls Twin.

raysson on June 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Opened on December 21,1977 as the Fitzgerald Screening Room that consisted of two auditoriums seating 300(which had a total of 150 seats each in both auditoriums).

Atlanta-based Martin Theatres acquired this theatre in 1978 when the Fitzgerald Screening Room closed and was renamed the Falls Twin Theatres. Carmike Cinemas acquired it in 1982 after Carmike bought out Martin Theatres. By 1989,the Falls Twin Theatres went from showing first-run features to showing second-run films at discount prices in order to stay afloat. Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1993. The Falls Twin Theatres sat vacant for three years until 1996 when a local independent chain bought the property and being a renovation and refurnishing the former Falls Twin Theatres under it’s new name The Raleighwood Cinema Grill complete with full restaurant and sports bar.

raysson on September 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

The original STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE played here first-run at Martin’s Falls Twin Theatre on December 7, 1979.

Disoneiscool8745 on January 20, 2020 at 11:59 am

After 23 years of operation, Raleighwood has closed due to owner filing for bankruptcy. Sad to see it go. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwiV6JOL-5LnAhXKGs0KHZXiCQUQFjABegQICxAF&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bizjournals.com%2Ftriangle%2Fnews%2F2019%2F12%2F10%2Famid-increasing-competition-raleighwood-cinema.html&usg=AOvVaw1q9SCsT4FB6ASN2kuxf52f

rivest266 on May 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

This was taken over by Martin Theatres on January 26th, 1979, and renamed Falls Twin. Another ad posted.

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