Cinema 3

623 S. Madison Street,
Whiteville, NC 28472

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Opened as the Columbus Theater on November 17, 1928. It had a stage for live shows, but was mainly run as a movie house. After a fire gutted it in 1982, it was renovated. They split the main auditorium into two screens, and the balcony became a third screen. The same family still owns the theatre. The Cinema 3 was closed October 26, 2013.

Contributed by Shannon McMillian

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2011 at 2:24 am

Shannon, Boxoffice Sept 7 1964 has this theatre as COLUMBIA THEATRE.The article is about H.B. Meiselman Theatres buying the Columbia,Another name change?

cccmoviehouses on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 am

Whiteville had a drive-in called the Starlite, which I understand served two purposes, a drive-in theatre and a drive in resturant on the front or outside. Any information or photos would be great.

cccmoviehouses on July 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

There was also a theatre in Chadbourn, on the main street I understand, any information or photos?

ChrisB on September 17, 2013 at 6:50 am

Here’s a link to a blueprint for a 1934 upgrade on an unnamed theater in Whiteville, owned by A. F. Powell. Is this the same building?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm

The Cinema 3 closed on October 26, 2013.

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