Cinema Cafe

5002 Airport Road NW,
Roanoke, VA 24012

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Opened as a single screen in 1967. The Cinema Cafe is an old twin theater that now offers an expanded menu in addition to movies.

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billpeek
billpeek on June 16, 2004 at 2:51 pm

The Terrace Theatre opened in 1967 with one screen, and debuted with In Like Flint. It is located in Crossroads Mall, across town from the Towers Shopping Center. Crossroads Mall was pretty well killed off by the nearby Valley View Mall, which opened in 1984. I’m not sure I’d call Cinema Cafe a treasure either, but, on the other hand, there is nothing sadder than a boarded up, abandoned movie theatre.

lovestheweepingcamel
lovestheweepingcamel on September 9, 2004 at 3:12 am

I’ve been to this place. It’s an interesting alternative. An adventure. Come with good friends, and any bad experiences* you encounter will seem good when you reflect on it in the future.

  • = It’s right off of Williamson road. What do you expect?
kamelkillah007
kamelkillah007 on September 9, 2004 at 3:22 am

Wasn’t there some big drug bust there a few weeks ago? It is right off Williamson…

ghamilton
ghamilton on March 16, 2005 at 11:56 pm

The Mall,whose parking lot the joint sits in,refected the demise of this NON-treasure.When it opened in the 60’s,it helped kill the wonderful downtown theater scene.By the way,I was told that there is a bldg.on Campbell Ave.that was a theater till sometime in the 50’s,between the Roanoke Times and Jefferson St.Somewhere near where Woolworths once was.Anybody out there older than me?

ghamilton
ghamilton on March 16, 2005 at 11:58 pm

I can’t believe this dump is listed and the American is not.It was the crown jewel of downtown.Warner Dalhouse has a lot to answer for.

jessieturner
jessieturner on June 15, 2005 at 6:02 pm

I love the Cinema Cafe! My teens will go there with me and we can eat and watch a movie together, and someone even refills my soda for me!! My son can take a date there for a nice evening that is more personal than just sitting in a movie and more entertaining than just eating out. The evenings are not my favorite times as they are more crowded, but obviously others enjoy them. The pool tables in the lobby encourage you to come early and there is plenty of seating to watch the players from. Such a friendly place!! ..and the food is even good and not expensive
I don’t know what a treasure theater is, but Cinema Cafe is a treasure to experience.

DickMorgan
DickMorgan on July 29, 2005 at 10:49 am

This place is a dump!

RayBentley
RayBentley on January 23, 2006 at 9:45 pm

The theatre opened in 1967 with IN LIKE FLINT on a giant curved screen called ULTRAVISION (a poor man’s Cinerama). IN LIKE FLINT was especially fun for Roanoker’s because one of the undercover female spies claimed she was just a “little ol school teacher from Roanoke, VA”, a line that was used at least three times in the film. I bought the video just to hear it again.

Jtaylor83
Jtaylor83 on September 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Before this cinema served alcohol and became a bit more pricey, Me, my parents, and my little brother went to there and watched An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and we had popcorn, soft drinks, and I had some nachos, I think. This used to be a good theater until we went to the new Consolidated Theaters (which is now a Regal) across the Valley View Mall where there was a General Cinemas (which was now is currently unknown probably got turned into a restaurant, arcade, or a salon.

This cinema may not be a treasure to you, folks. But it was to me.
treasure

Dolphstar73
Dolphstar73 on September 23, 2010 at 6:17 am

I would be interested to know whether this theatre was able to project the real Cinerama, 3 projector films. It certainly had the deep curved screen for them. I recall seeing 2001 A Space Odyssey there when it was first released as well as a few other movies that could take advantage of the screen but I am not sure whether they were single or 3 projector. As kids we used to go there on Saturday mornings and all we needed to get in was 6 bottle caps (from Dr. Peppers?). It wasn’t long before it began to decline although it became a fun spot for infamous midnight movies where a cloud of herbal smoke would quickly fill the entire theatre minutes after the show started. I had not seen it for decades but while visiting Roanoke recently noticed it appeared to be closed.

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