Stadium 10 at Northgate
1058 West Club Boulevard,
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Opening on Friday September 15, 2006, the Phoenix at the Plaza 10 Cinemas or Plaza 10 Cinemas at Northgate was the first movie theatre to be located at Northgate Shopping Center since 1985. It was also the second megaplex movie theatre to be built in Durham since 2002. Durham’s Northgate Shopping Center has been a landmark here in the bull city for over 50 years with over 160 shops and services provided, including two major department stores (Macy’s and Sears) as well as other locally owned shops and services.
The theatre was located on the eastern side of the shopping center facing the entrance toward Gregson Street side at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and nearby Interstate 85.
Opening to great fanfare, it was built on the site of the former Belk-Leggett Department Store and was also the former Thalhimers Department Store during which northgate Mall was undergoing a huge re-construction phase of the entire facility where it added two additional parking decks and expanded the other side of the mall with more shops and speciality stores.
The cinemas offered the newest innovations in entertainment. For one, it offered plush high-backed rocking chair seats and extra wide aisle for maximum comfort. All auditoriums featured stadium seating. Three of the larger auditoriums were even bigger which were the largest in the Triangle area with 400 seats each. Huge wall-to-wall screens with some of the largest screens anywhere with full DTS-digital sound. Another feature it offered was a huge party room. Two large party rooms were reserved for birthdays and other occasions. The other section featured video arcades that were available for patrons before or after the movie. Free parking was available in both the outside entrance to the theatre and at the parking decks. The upper level of the lobby featured a sports bar and pub that was a gathering place before or after the movie, which catered to older patrons. The concession stand was huge offering the latest snacks and speciality items.
Phoenix Theatres operated the Northgate 10 from its 2006 opening until 2009. In 2009, East Coast Entertainment acquired the Northgate’s operations. The cinema does offered early shows on features Friday thru Sunday only. The cinema offers matinees daily. It was closed in December 2020.
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