Eastland Mall Cinemas

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

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DENNISMAHANEY1 on July 11, 2019 at 2:38 am


raysson on September 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I have the original ads from its 1975 grand opening.

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.

Patsy on December 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

What is the current status of this theatre?

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.

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 on May 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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

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

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.

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for posting the links PatriciaNC.

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.

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.

PatriciaCarol on May 21, 2010 at 2:55 am

Eastland Mall to close at end of June 2010.

Patsy on March 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

PatriciaNC: Good research and thank you.

PatriciaCarol on March 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Renovatus (Church) is still operating out of the theatres according to their web site. View link
A search will eventually land you at their photo gallery and you can choose the one about their first Sunday there in October 2009— offers a very limited glimpse of what’s still there. Looks like they still make use of the concession stand but they have brightened up the walls so that it is not so dark. It also looks like they use their own screens (two smaller ones as opposed to the theatres' screens…)
I could find no current photos at the site.

Patsy on March 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I just read a recent article about the theatre at Eastland Mall being a church now.

PatriciaCarol on March 28, 2010 at 5:14 am

I don’t know! It has been close to five years since I’ve been to Eastland but I can find out.

Patsy on March 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

PatriciaNC: Is this theatre still at the Eastland Mall?

PatriciaCarol on March 3, 2010 at 3:03 am

A little about the Eastland Mall Theatre “back-in-the-day”: It was always a dark theatre, with the dark blue walls and dark blue carpet and it’s narrow layout. Being on the lower level was not a plus. Heavy rains (or even just an all day steady rain) usually caused backups into the theatre since apparently it was the lowest point of the mall. What a headache for the management! Fun things: The midnight movies were a great success at Eastland, the pairing with the old 95Q rock station worked well and the atmosphere during these was always like a bit of a ‘party’.

PatriciaCarol on March 5, 2009 at 4:51 am

Check out nice history about General Cinema theatres as well as some images at: View link

PatriciaCarol on February 20, 2009 at 3:04 am

The 4th theatre built & owned by the General Cinema Corporation (GCC) was the Tower Place Cinemas at the Tower Place Festival Shopping Center on Hwy. 51 at/near Pineville, NC. I believe it has been demolished (but shopping ctr. still there). A photo of this theatre along with a couple of the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas (now demolished) and a partial view of the movie-star mural which was outside the Eastland Cinemas can be found at my flickr site:
View link
(Hey, I didn’t realize that Eastland was the first tri-plex in Charlotte!)

ncmark on December 4, 2008 at 3:28 am

This theater opened in 1975 and was the first triplex in Charlotte.

raysson on November 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I heard also that they closed the Harris Teeter store earlier this year which is in the Plaza part of Eastland Mall(facing Central Avenue).

Eastland Mall was a happening place in its day,but that has really change now that the cinema has closed its doors forever.

danpetitpas on October 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Here’s the article:

Eastland Mall theater closes

By Nichole Monroe Bell

Posted: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008

One year after opening, Eastland Mall’s latest movie theater has closed.

Utah-based Red Carpet Cinemas spent several weeks last year upgrading the existing theater, which had closed in 2006.

The new venue opened in March 2007 with more comfortable seats, digital sound and â€" for the first time in years â€" mainstream films such as “Happy Feet” and “Dreamgirls.”

Previously, the theater had unsuccessfully featured movies geared toward Spanish-speakers or children.

Company officials could not be reached last week to comment on when or why the theater closed. Red Carpet Cinemas president Jim Ferguson could not be reached, and Eastland no longer has a general manager. Mall owners also could not be reached.

Some store owners and shoppers, however, said they weren’t surprised the theater faltered. Several said the theater was difficult to find and that there weren’t enough signs inside or outside the mall advertising that it was open.

“They could have done a better job letting people know it was there,” said resident Joy Parker, 37. “You had to really work to find it.”

The closure comes at a time when Eastland, a longtime community anchor at Central Avenue and Albemarle Road, has been losing money and large national and regional anchors have left. Belk and Dillard’s have closed, in addition to several national retailers such as Bath & Body Works , Victoria’s Secret and New York & Co.

Over the years, such retailers have struggled to earn a profit at Eastland as other malls such as SouthPark and Northlake have gained dominance.

In the past, a spate of shootings at and near the mall scared some shoppers away.

Despite the store departures, the mall remains popular among small business owners who thrive in an urban market niche. Anchors Burlington Coat Factory and Sears are also still operating.

After three years of trying to sell the mall, Eastland owner Glimcher Realty Trust said in July it was walking away from its lease, and the company asked the court to appoint a third party to run the mall or sell it.

Then in August, the mall cut its operating hours, including closing entirely on Mondays, to save money.

“I’ll keep going there as long as they’re open,” resident Carrie Mayes said. “I’m just not sure how long that’s going to be.”

ncmark on October 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm

This theater has closed in the past week, one year after the Red Carpet chain tried to make a go of it. The mall that it’s located in is experiencing a steep decline and several of the anchor tenants are also closed.