Cardinal Theatres I & II

4421 Six Forks Road,
Raleigh, NC 27609

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Cardinal Theatres I & II

Located at the intersection of Six Forks Road at Lassiter Mill Road in the North Hills Shopping Center, the Cardinal Theatre was one of the premiere showcase moviehouses in Raleigh and when it opened on July 1, 1967 with Doris Day in “Caprice”. The theatre operated as a single screen theatre with its huge auditorium equipped with state of the art seating and brilliant widescreen projection for showcasing Hollywood’s best. It had great 70mm projection.

The Cardinal Theatre showed only first-run features and family films and it remained a single screen theatre until a second screen seating 625 was built adjacent to this huge astounding auditorium. It opened on July 24, 1977 with “For the Love of Benji”. It remained that way until the Cardinal Theatres I & II closed in 1990.

The smaller additional screen has now been demiolished, leaving the original auditorium in retail use as a Blockbuster store.

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Bevo on July 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

Tinseltoes…..thanks for the Boxoffice link. I had forgotten about it. I am the Beverly Hall who managed the Cardinal at opening. I was only there less than 6 months and then transferred to the Richland Mall in Columbia, SC. Cardinal was a fabulous theatre.

raysson on August 31, 2012 at 7:57 am

The original Cardinal Theatre upon its opening in 1967 had a huge auditorium with a seating capacity of 750 that had a round “Ultravision” screen that had a 180 degree angle for showing bigger presentations that were capable of films that were in either 70MM and 35MM formats. By 1977 when this theatre was twinned,they kept the original “Ultravision” screen and basically equipped it with a Dobly Stereo Sound System in December of 1977 for its showing of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. This theatre was one of five theatres in the state in 1980 to get the full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo engagement showing of “The Empire Strikes Back”,and in 1984 for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” that was also in 70MM. This theatre closed in 1990 under Cineplex Odeon.

raysson on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

There is an great article that was mentioned from the Raleigh News and Observer’s Saturday July 1,1967 ad about the Cardinal Theatre grand opening. Beverly Hall was the manager of the theatre. The grand opening feature was the Doris Day and Richard Harris espionage comedy CAPRICE.

NightHawk1 on August 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Blockbuster is long gone from this location. Bonefish Grill is now located on the site of the original Cardinal Theatre, I’m not sure if the restaurant is in the old theater building or if the old Cardinal Theatre/Blockbuster was demolished.

DavidDymond on August 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

Built and operated by Wilby-Kincey Paramount Theatre operating partner, then ABC theatres, then Plitt, then Cineplex Odeon after purchasing Plitt, then closed!!

raysson on August 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

Closed in 1990 under Cineplex Odeon.

Micah on September 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

The Bonefish restaurant is indeed in the former Cardinal I building. The restaurant’s front patio space was originally the outer edge of the lobby.

raysson on April 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

The Reserved Seat Engagements of GONE WITH THE WIND played here in 70MM-6 Track Stereophonic Sound on December 22,1967.

raysson on June 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

ALIEN played here on May 25,1979 first-run showing in DOLBY STEREO.

Also played here first-run at the Cardinal at North Hills “GHOSTBUSTERS”





As well as the 70mm-6 Track DOLBY STEREO presentations “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK”


travistarrant on June 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Today, June 8th, 2017 is the day the time capsule will be opened.

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