Riverview Twin Cinema
5200 N. Roxboro Road,
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Located at 5200 North Roxboro Road in the Riverview Shopping Center, just off Highway U.S. 501 in the northern section Durham, NC. The Riverview Cinema was originally opened as a 550-seat single screen cinema on April 26, 1972. The premier attraction for the grand opening was Gene Hackman in “The French Connection”. This theatre was known for its showing of “blaxploitation” films, first-run features and adult films (that were rarely seen in North Carolina). It was indeed a ‘grindhouse’ cinema that specialized in a variety of movies. The theatre became a showplace for a lot of first-run films that made their exclusive premier showing here in the Triangle area. It also became notorious for its showing of adult films that became part of the businessmen’s lunch special when this was a single screen theatre. It remained that way until 1986 when new management changed hands.
The original auditorium was split into two sections making way for smaller screens with shoebox auditoriums. It became the Riverview Twin Cinema and began to screen second run films at bargain prices until it was officially closed in 1995. The last film screened was a Mike Lee film “Drop Squad” After it closed the theatre was converted into a dry cleaning establishment, and it was demolished in 2002.
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