Eastland Mall Cinemas

5471 Central Avenue,
Eastland Mall Shopping Center,
Charlotte, NC 28212

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Located in the lower level of the Eastland Mall at the intersection of Central Avenue at Sharon Amity Road, the Eastland Mall Cinemas was part of the General Cinema chain that owned several theatres in the greater Charlotte area, which owned South Park Mall Cinemas and also at the time Charlottetowne Cinemas and another theatre in the Charlotte area that was also an multiplex. The GC Eastland Mall Cinemas I, II, III was Charlotte’s newest modern cinema, which opened on July 29, 1975. The opening attractions were “Framed” in Screen 1, “Man in the Glass Booth” in Screen 2 and “The Other Side of the Mountain” in Screen 3. It was closed in March 2006.

In 2007, after a refurbishment by new operator, Red Carpet Cinemas, the Eastland Mall Cinemas reopened. In August 2008, the theater began to cut back its hours of operation and closed completely in late-October 2008. It was demolished in April 2011.

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bobbyafc
bobbyafc on January 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I went to Renovatus for a few weeks before car problems caused me to not have a way.

Being a native of East Charlotte I remember seeing movies at Eastland when I was a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the mall fell on some pretty tough times later on and never really recovered from it.

I started going to Renovatus in January of 2010 and hung out with one of the members of their staff there sometimes, as far as I know they never got the screens operating again. Their plan for the mall was, honestly, very noble and I wish they could’ve pulled it off. They’d envisioned turning Screen “A” into the sanctuary, Screen “B” into a nursury and using Screen “C” to show G-rated movies either for free or at an extremely reduced cost. That plan never came to be due to a number of things, not least a frozen pipe bursting and flooding the place. Eventually they moved in with another Church in west Charlotte when the mall was closed.

It was still in good shape while I was there, they’d converted the lobby into a kind of coffee house/chill out place. The bathrooms were still operable as well.

mfelsher
mfelsher on February 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

I remember this being a very dark place as well. I frequented this theatre during my teenage years in Charlotte (roughly 1986 – 1991) and when the mall was still a thriving mall.

I remember seeing PREDATOR 2, BACK TO THE FUTURE 2, and a whole slew of first run movies there. After a while though the mall became more and more run down and empty, and I stopped going.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for posting the links PatriciaNC.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

I wish GCC was still with us,heck, I might have even drove over and took a Chief of Staff position part time.But they are gone and heck you can’t go back anyways,right Tisloews.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on July 27, 2012 at 4:21 am

I am working on a project on “Lost” Charlotte Movie Theaters for UNC-Charlotte where i am a faculty member. Would love to get in touch with anyone who as insight into this theater (stories, pics, whatever). You can send me an email at and hopefully we can talk about your interest or info on the lost theaters of Charlotte. – Thanks

raysson
raysson on May 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

RETURN OF THE JEDI played at Eastland Mall Cinemas on two screens on May 25,1983.

PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on November 4, 2013 at 2:32 am

Hello – surprised not to see this already posted here but Eastland Mall is now being demolished (started about a month ago maybe?). They said it would take about six months to level it.

raysson
raysson on December 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

A lot of blockbuster movies got first-run showings ranging from BEVERLY HILLS COP to BACK TO THE FUTURE and the first original BATMAN movie.

The Eastland Mall Cinemas showed RETURN OF THE JEDI first-run on May 25,1983 where it played on 2 screens.

Also reissued THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK upon its re-release in 1985.

Patsy
Patsy on December 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

What is the current status of this theatre?

raysson
raysson on December 19, 2013 at 1:14 am

Patsy, In regards to your question about the current status of this theatre? The Eastland Mall Cinemas closed in October of 2008. The Eastland Mall itself closed in 2010 and was completely demolished in 2011. The only thing that stands is a vacant deserted lot where Charlotte’s Eastland Mall once stood.

The current status of this theatre is that it is demolished. Eastland Mall is now a faded memory in Charlotte history.

Opened in March of 1975

Closed in June of 2010

Demolished in April of 2011.

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