2300 N. Main Street,
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The Towne Theatre became High Point’s first-ever ‘Lounging Chair Seating’ cinema, not to mention the town’s first suburban theatre. Located behind the K-Mart Shopping Center at the intersection of N. Main Street and Parris Avenue. The Towne Theatre was High Point’s most modern ultra design in architecture throughout. The Towne Theatre featured full stereophonic sound along with an ultra modern concession stand not to mention huge widescreen projection capable of showing both 35mm and 70mm films. As for the lounging chair seating, it was the only one of its kind when it opened, and all of High Point and surrounding areas of Guilford County loved it.
Owned and operated under Schneider-Merl Theatres, the Towne Theatre opened on February 5, 1968 with James Coburn in “The President’s Analyst”. The Towne Theatre remained a single screen cinema until the mid-1970’s when the original auditorium was split down the middle making it a twin cinema, under the new ownership of Martin Theatres.
By the time Carmike took over operations of the Towne Twin in the mid-1980’s, the cinema went from screening first-run movies to second-run movies, becoming a discount house until it was closed in the late-1990’s.
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