Hollywood East Cinema Grill
4402 Shipyard Boulevard,
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Opened on April 19, 1973 as the Long Leaf Mall Cinema 1 & 2. It became Wilmington’s second twin theatre, three years after the opening of the Oreander Cinema 1 & 2, which became Wilmington’s first-ever twin theatre under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. At the time of its opening, the Long Leaf Mall Cinemas 1 & 2 had a seating capacity of 600 (300 seats in each auditorium). Stewart and Everett operated the Long Leaf Mall Cinemas 1 & 2 until 1996, when Carmike Cinemas took over as an acquisition of Stewart and Everett.
By 1988, it went from showing first run movies to becoming a discount house showing second run movies in order to stay afloat. Carmike Cinemas closed the Long Leaf Mall Cinemas 1 & 2 in 1996.
It stood vacant for five years until May of 2001 when it reopened as the Hollywood East Cinema Grill, which was an intermediate-run theatre with full restaurant service that had a seating capacity of 364. The Hollywood East Cinema Grill catered to showing independent, second run films and foreign releases, as well as showing Hollywood classics. In 2006, the Hollywood East Cinema Grill started showing Bollywood movies, and was closed in November 2007. An office and commercial space now stands where the former Long Leaf Mall Cinemas 1 & 2/Hollywood East Cinema Grill once stood.
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