Riverview Twin Cinema

5200 N. Roxboro Road,
Durham, NC 27704

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raysson on December 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

April 27,1974..NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE THAT IS THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA..Off Roxboro Rd. It’s Pam Grier as FOXY BROWN…Rated “R”..No Passes!!! Due to the capacity crowds we’re expecting for this feature we are adding a special midnight late show for FOXY BROWN Friday and Saturday. We asked moviegoers to attend our matinees and avoid the capacity crowds for this feature. Theatre will be cleared immediately after each performance.

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raysson on March 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

When the RIVERVIEW CINEMA was twinned in 1986,it was split into two sections. While the original auditorium had 550 seats,the twin cinema was split down the middle combining 275 seats each. It closed in 1995.

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raysson on March 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

June 30,1973-COMING SOON
Marlon Brando in “LAST TANGO IN PARIS”-Exclusive!

“SWEET JESUS PREACHER MAN”

Billy Dee Williams in “HIT”

Richard Pryor and Max Julian in “THE MACK”

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raysson on March 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

June 29,1973-NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA It’s Richard Roundtree!!! Back Again For More Slam Blam Action!!! in “SHAFT IN AFRICA”-Rated “R” NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds for this feature we strongly urge moviegoers to arrive early for showtimes for the best seats. This feature will sell out quickly,so please be advised. EXTRA added late shows on Friday and Saturday night!!! SPECIAL: The First 200 customers in attendance gets 1 FREE box of popcorn and 1 FREE drink while this last!!! HURRY!!!

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raysson on March 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

June 1,1973-Exclusive Engagement at RIVERVIEW CINEMA.. James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson in Sam Peckinpah’s “PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID”-In Color Rated “R” NOTE: Due to capacity crowds we urge moviegoers to arrive early for best seats! There will be No Passes Accepted…AVOID THE CROWDS..ATTEND MATINEES!!!

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raysson on March 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

September 22,1973-Exclusive Engagement Showing….. We’ve Got The Best In Town with Jim “Slaughter” Brown “I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND”-In Color Rated “R” NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds we urge movie goers to arrived early to get the best seats…This will sell out quickly!!! Avoid the crowds! Attend Matinees! EXTRA added late show Friday and Saturday night!!! SPECIAL: The First 200 Customers gets 1 FREE Box of Popcorn and 1 FREE drink while they last!!!!

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raysson on November 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

August 13,1974…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA…Exclusive First Run Showing!!!! The Incredible ISSAC HAYES as “TRUCK TURNER” Exclusive Showing!!! No Passes Accepted Rated “R”

COMING SOON……

“THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON”

“MACON COUNTY LINE”

“WILLIE DYNAMITE”

“THE BLACK CONNECTION”

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raysson on November 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

April 12,1974…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA… It’s Pam Grier-Exclusive Engagement! First Run!!! “FOXY BROWN” Rated “R” Sorry,No Passes or Special Discounts Accepted. Special Late Shows Friday and Saturday Night!!!

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

November,1985…LATE SHOW FRIDAY AND SATURDAY “JOY:CHAPTER TWO”-Adults Only

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

June,1982…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA It’s The BIG Three..TOGETHER AGAIN On One BIG Show! Richard “SHAFT” Roundtree

Jim “SLAUGHTER” Brown

Fred “HAMMER” Williamson

IN “ONE DOWN,TWO TO GO!!!”-Rated R

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

November 21,1982…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in “48 HOURS” Rated R Special Matinee Showings Thanksgiving Day and Special Late Shows Friday and Saturday…No Passes Accepted

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

December 7,1984…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA First-Run!!! Exclusive Area Engagement Showing!!! Eddie Murphy in “BEVERLY HILLS COP”-Rated R Sorry,No Passes or Special Discounts Accepted!!! Special Late Show Friday and Saturday Night ONLY!!!

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

December 22,1977…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA First Run!!! It’s Rudy Ray Moore star of DOLOMITE!!!! And Smokey Robinson(YES! The Motown Legend In His First Feature Role),and they’re going to show how to get the man “BIG TIME” with music composed and arranged by Smokey Robinson available on Motown Records and Tapes….Rated PG-Parental Guidance Suggested

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

October 17,1976…NOW SHOWING at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA Exclusive Engagement Showing….“CAR WASH”-Rated PG Special Late Shows Friday and Saturday Night!!! Sorry, There Will Be No Passes Accepted!!!

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raysson on November 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

October 23,1978….EXCLUSIVE showing at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA… First-Run Showing of Charles Burnett’s “KILLER OF SHEEP”-Rated R

NEXT ATTRACTION:
Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield in “A HERO AIN’T NOTHING BUT A SANDWICH”-Exclusive Engagement Showing only at this theatre!!!

“SOUNDER CHAPTER 2”

Laura Gemser is back for a double bill with “SISTER EMANUELLE” and “EMANUELLE IN AMERICA”-Both features are adults only! Rated X

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raysson on November 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

On the marquee in 1976…..“GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND” for the matinee showings….. For the late night evening shows—Double Feature-Adults Only “BLACK EMANUELLE PART 2” and “EMANUELLE’S REVENGE”

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raysson on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

July 22,1978…Exclusive Engagement Showing at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA…First-Run Showing of “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY!” Starring Donna Summer, and The Commodores with Lionel Richie! Rated PG *Sorry,No Passes Accepted for this feature

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raysson on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

October 15,1978….Double Feature with “Welcome Back Kotter’s” Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs with Ren Woods in “YOUNGBLOOD” with a “SUPERBAD” soundtrack from WAR!-In Color-Rated R

Plus on the same program….It’s Glynn Turman star of “Cooley High” with Louis Gossett,Jr. in “J.D.’s REVENGE”-Rated R

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raysson on November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

December 23,1976….on the marquee for the Christmas attraction playing at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA….It’s Yaphet Kotto and Dolemite’s Rudy Ray Moore…they’re going to show you how to do THE MONKEY HUSTLE……Rated PG-Parental Guidance Suggested

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raysson on October 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

December 25,1975….STARTS FRIDAY AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA.. NEVER FEAR…..PAM GRIER’S HERE…..as one bad chick in “FRIDAY FOSTER” with Yaphet Kotto, Eartha Kitt, and Antonio Fargas…Rated R

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raysson on October 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

June 6, 1975….NOW SHOWING at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA….Exclusive! It’s GONE WITH THE WIND turned HELL UPSIDE DOWN!!! The side of life that was never showed…until now….“MANDINGO” With James Mason, Ken Norton, Susan George, and Perry King….Rated R Special Late Shows Friday and Saturday night at this theatre ONLY!!! Sorry, There Will Be No Passes Accepted for this Attraction….,.

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raysson on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

By the late-1980’s and throughout the early 1990’s, this movie theatre also operated as a video store selling VHS tapes as well video rentals and it also had a video arcade while at the same time continue showing second-run films at bargain prices. The RIVERVIEW TWIN CINEMA closed in 1995. The last two picture shows that played here was on Screen 1 was a Spike Lee flick “DROP SQUAD” that played first-run at reduced prices. Screen 2 was a kids flick “FREE WILLY” playing its second run,reduced admission.

In case you wanted to know…“DROP SQUAD” starred Ving Rhames, along with Vondie Curtis-Hall, Eriq LaSalle, Paula Kelly, and Penny Johnson-Jerald. Released in 1995.

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raysson on October 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

July 12,1974….NOW SHOWING at the RIVERVIEW CINEMA… The BIG THREE…Action Packed Excitement Throughout!!! FRED WILLIAMSON with JIM BROWN and JIM KELLY in the Action Explosion Hit of 1974..“THREE THE HARD WAY”

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raysson on October 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The first-ever blaxploitation “X” rated movie played here as an exclusive engagement “LIALEH” in 1973.

Also played here first-run in 1973 to capacity crowds. Breaking all attendance records in motion picture history….the highest grossing ADULT picture of 1973 Starring Georgina Spelvin in “THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES” Rated XXX-Adults Only-No One Under 18 Admitted

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raysson on October 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The RIVERVIEW CINEMA upon its opening in 1972 was NOTORIOUS for its showing of “XXX” rated adult films(the only indoor theatre in Durham County to do so during the 1970’s and early 1980’s) and a variety mix of straight up “B” movie fare", “blaxploitation”, “sexploitation”,“grindhouse”,“kung-fu/martial arts”,got first-run billing at this theatre.

It opened on April 26,1972 with Gene Hackman in “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”……..

The Coming Attractions for THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA….

-Fred Williamson in “HAMMER” [First-Run Showing]

–“THEY CALLED ME MISTER TIBBS!” & “THE ORGANIZATION” The Sidney Poitier Action-Packed Double Feature

-Godfrey Cambridge in “COTTON COMES TO HARLEM”

-Bruce Lee explodes in “THE CHINESE CONNECTION”

It remained a 550-seat single screen cinema until 1986 when management changed hands and the cinema was split down the middle created two smaller screens with shoebox auditoriums becoming a twin cinema. The format changed from first-run features to showing second-run films at bargain prices. It closed in 1995. It was converted into a dry cleaning establishment until it was demolished in 2002.

The last picture show that played at the RIVERVIEW TWIN was Spike Lee’s 1995 film “Drop Squad” starring Eric LaSalle and Ving Rhames.