Berkeley Cinema Four

3101 Cashwell Drive,
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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The Berkeley Cinema Four opened on May 20, 1977 as a twin theatre, and the first multi-screen theatre in Goldsboro under Stewart and Everett Theatres. By Christmas of 1980 it had become a three-scree cinema and was renamed Berkeley 1-2-3. By April 15, 1983 it expanded to four screens and was renamed Berkeley Cinema Four, where the 300-seat auditoriums were flanked by two 150-seat auditoriums. By 1986, Stewart and Everett sold their chain to Carmike, and the Berkeley Cinema Four along with it. It was also around this time that the Berkeley Cinema Four was facing competition from the Litchfield Cinema 4, which was not too far away from the Berkeley Mall.

In the late-1990’s, all the seating was replaced with new cupholder seating, and DTS was added to two of the four screens. The Berkeley Cinema Four was running strong, out-performing most megaplexes in terms of sales, that is until Premiere Theatres built a huge twelve-screen on the other side of town. It was newer and flashier, not to mention state-of-the-art, so the people flocked there, and the Berkeley Cinema Four became a second run theatre under Carmike.

The staff were fighting to keep this theatre open, and were slowly winning the war against the megaplexes. Sadly, the Berkley Cinema Four was closed by Carmike Cinemas in November 2007.

Contributed by Paul Van Dusen

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raysson
raysson on June 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

It was known as the Berkeley Cinema 1 & 2 that opened on Friday May 20,1977 as Goldsboro’s first-ever multi twin cinema under Stewart and Everett Theatres with a seating capacity of 600(300 seats each in both auditoriums).

raysson
raysson on June 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

The Berkeley Cinema 1 & 2,under Stewart and Everett opened on May 20,1977 as Goldsboro’s first-ever twin theatre that has…

ACRES OF FREE PARKING

GIANT CLEAR VIEW WIDESCREENS

SPACIOUS LOUNGE CHAIR SEATING

FULLY AUTOMATED SOUND AND EXCELLENT MOVIE PROJECTION

MATINEES DAILY!!!

The premiere attractions for the grand opening of the Berkeley Cinema 1 & 2 for Friday May 20,1977…..

SCREEN ONE: Goldsboro Exclusive!!! Winner of 4 Oscars! Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch & William Holden “NETWORK”

SCREEN TWO: Michael Caine in “THE EAGLE HAS LANDED”

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE BERKELEY TWIN CINEMA:

–“VIVA KNIEVEL”

–“SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER”

–“OUTLAW BLUES”

–“FOR THE LOVE OF BENJI”

–“From the writer and creator of JAWS comes the next thrilling underwater adventure "THE DEEP”

raysson
raysson on June 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

I have the original ad of the Berkeley Cinema 1 & 2 from the Goldsboro News-Argus Friday May 20,1977.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on June 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

According to Google Earth (aerial view) the Berkeley Cinema Four has been demolished; Google street view still shows the abandoned theater on the site (Street view usually lags behind the aerial view by at least a year for Eastern North Carolina locations).

raysson
raysson on June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Correction: The Berkeley Cinema became a three screen by December 25,1980 and it became a triple screen theatre under Stewart and Everett Theatres. Opening Attractions:

I-“Nine To Five”

II-“The Private Eyes”

III-“Flash Gordon”

By April 15,1983 it became a quad screener renamed the Berkeley Cinema 4 under Stewart and Everett Theatres. The opening attractions for the Berkeley Cinema 4 on April 15,1983….

I-“Sophie’s Choice”

II-“Lone Wolf McQuade”

III-“Flashdance”

IV-“An Officer and a Gentlemen”–(Re-release)

raysson
raysson on July 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

The original STAR WARS movie played here first-run at the Berkeley. Not to mention THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI got first-run billing here as well as THE PHANTOM MENACE.

SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE, E.T., STAR TREK II, BATMAN, and THE COLOR PURPLE played here first-run at the Berkeley.

raysson
raysson on October 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

By the early-2000’s,Premiere Theatres built a huge 12-screen all stadium seating multiplex cinema on the opposite end of Goldsboro that reduced the Berkeley Mall Cinema 4 from showing first-run movies to becoming a second run discount cinema under Carmike Cinemas,when closed this theatre in 2007.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on December 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The Berkeley Cinema Four (aka Berkeley Four) was not located at Berkeley Mall, but on Cashwell Drive two blocks southeast of the Eastgate Cinema Twin. The Berkeley Mall did not have a cinema of its own; instead a road (North Eastgate Drive) connected the mall parking lot to Cashwell Drive and ran in front of the Eastgate Cinema.

Jjordan23
Jjordan23 on June 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

It is demolished now.An idea for this lot is a new theater for Goldsboro I think their is only 2 theaters open

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on July 5, 2014 at 2:16 am

Goldsboro now has only one cinema open to civilians, the UEC Premiere Theatres 12. There may be a military cinema on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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