Carmike Gateway 4 Cinemas

1203 Free Nancy Avenue,
Statesville, NC 28677

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This theatre opened on December 21, 1977 as the Gateway Cinema 1 & 2. It was Statesville’s first ever indoor twin theatre with a seating capacity of 600. Owned and operated under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. By the early-1980’s it had expanded from two to four screens when the two original auditoriums were split into two sections, and the total seating capacity remained at 600. There were 150 seats in each auditorium, and it was renamed Gateway 4 until it closed on September 6, 2007 under Carmike. When it closed the last occupants turned it into a church. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on February 19, 2008 at 1:05 am

Here is an article about the church dated 12/23/07 from the Statesville Record & Landmark:

Mmandarano on September 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm

From the looks of Google Earth, this cinema has now been completely demolished.

raysson on October 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Chuck1231, kenmcintyre and Mmandarano:

The grand opening of the GATEWAY CINEMA 1 & 2 was on December 21,1977 as Statesville’s second twin indoor theatre with both auditoriums having a seating capacity of 300 seats each. Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under the subsidiary of Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett. This theatre offers expanded snack bar and parking facilities as well as restroom facilities designed for people in wheelchairs.

The opening attractions for the December 21,1977 opening of the GATEWAY 1 & 2 are…….

CINEMA 1: Clint Eastwood in THE GAUNTLET

CINEMA 2: John Denver and George Burns in OH GOD!

The coming attractions “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Bobby Deerfield”, “The Betsy”,and “First Love”.

**The Statesville Theatre Corporation,under Fuller Sams,control all of the indoor movie houses and drive-ins in Statesville…Included are the Newtowne Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre Downtown Statesville, and the I-77 Drive-In Theatre and the Villa Heights Drive-In.

raysson on October 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

You’re right Stephen…….

CINEMA 1: 150

CINEMA 2: 150

CINEMA 3: 150

CINEMA 4: 150

TOTAL: 600

When this theatre expanded from two to four screens under its new name THE GATEWAY CINEMA 4 during the early-1980’s when it was still under Stewart and Everett.

raysson on October 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Carmike took over the operations of this theatre until its closing in 2007.

Reason? A ten-screen multiplex muscled in the competition.

raysson on April 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Blockbuster movies got first-run billing at this theatre ranging from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”,to “The Empire Strikes Back”,“Return of the Jedi”,“Indiana Jones”,“E.T.” to “Beverly Hills Cop”.

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