Mission Valley Cinemas

2109 Avent Ferry Road,
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Mission Valley Cinemas

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Located at the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard in the Mission Valley Shopping Center (not to mention the nearby campus of North Carolina State University), the Mission Valley Cinemas remains one of Raleigh’s showcase palaces for grand entertainment.

Its also the one movie house that still has huge auditoriums and brilliant wide screen projection.

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raysson
raysson on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

STAR TREK II:THE WRATH OF KHAN played here in DOBLY STEREO at the Mission Valley Cinemas I & II in 1982.

The second auditorium showing was the musical ANNIE.

But it was the capacity crowds that were around the block in 1982 for STAR TREK II.

raysson
raysson on November 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

Disruption at local movie theater results in charges…. From the November 28, 2012 edition of the Raleigh News and Observer….during a screening of the new “Twilight” movie at Raleigh’s Mission Valley Cinema……

More details on this are located at this website…..

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/27/2510253/raleigh-man-charged-with-disrupting.html

raysson
raysson on November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

This was also the same person who disrupted crowds during a screening of the James Bond “Skyfall” movie that also played at the Mission Valley Cinema that same night.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/27/2510253/raleigh-man-charged-with-disrupting.html.

raysson
raysson on November 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

The largest auditorium at the MISSION VALLEY had a seating capacity of 500 that was equipped with a full 180-degree widescreen projection that was equipped to show bigger presentations in the 70MM format.

The theatre opened on March 2,1973 as a twin cinema under Litchfeld Theatres and by 1983 expanded to five screens under United Artists Theatres and also Ambassador Entertainment Group.

raysson
raysson on April 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

To: Mike Rogers and Michael Coate

I have the original newspaper ad from the Raleigh News and Observer that indicated upon it’s May 25,1983 general release that the movie RETURN OF THE JEDI did played here,but it was NOT mentioned anywhere in the ad that the film was in 70mm…NOR anywhere in the ad that film was mentioned in DOBLY STEREO. As Michael Coate quoted in on this site that the MISSION VALLEY and the CARDINAL were absent from the 70mm presentations. At the time the film opened MISSION VALLEY was a twin theater and the film played in it’s largest auditorium with a seating capacity of 515.

ONLY two cities in the state had RETURN OF THE JEDI presented in full 70mm-6 Track Dobly Stereo upon it’s May 25,1983 release:

Charlotte: Park Terrace

Winston-Salem: Thruway

raysson
raysson on May 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

For further information go to this site: http://www.in70mm.com/news/2008/jedi

Further proof that cities like Raleigh,Greensboro and Fayetteville were absent from the 70mm presentations of this film.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I visited this theatre many times when United Artists was operating it. Lovely COMFORTABLE auditoriums, extremely clean floors (tiles) under the seats — far nicer than any Carmike dump!

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on August 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Chuck1231 I am from Canada. but spent lots of time in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on October 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I saw “Charlie’s Angels” (the first film) here in 2000 – the concession stand sold “BladderBuster” sodas the size of a popcorn bucket (do they still sell those?). Ambassador was running the theater then (as they still do); “Charlie’s Angels” at the Mission Valley was a better experience than at the Carolina East 4 (by then a Carmike DUMP) in Greenville a couple of months later: second-run film (previously shown in Greenville at Carmike 12) in a decaying theater at first-run prices ($6 when they should have charged $1.50 tops). Karma comes around: Mission Valley is still in business while most of those old Carmike shoeboxes disappeared in bankruptcy.

raysson
raysson on March 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

TOP GUN upon its opening at the Mission Valley Cinemas on May 16,1986 was the ONLY theatre in the state of North Carolina to present this in 70mm-6 Track Dobly Stereo engagements. Charlotte was absent from this format as well as Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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