Southpark Mall Cinemas
4400 Sharon Road,
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The Southpark Mall Cinemas was located on the back section of the Southpark Mall Shopping Center’s strip mall, that was behind Sears department store and next to several retail shops, anchored by a Colonial Stores grocery chain (which would later become a Big Star and soon afterwards a Harris Teeter).
The Southpark Mall Cinemas was General Cinemas second theatre in the greater Charlotte area, and it opened to great fanfare on August 21, 1970 as General Cinemas second twin theatre following the opening of the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas I & II that opened in 1963. The opening attractions at the Southpark Mall Cinemas was Jack Lemmon in “The Out of Towners” and Joan Collins in “Up in the Cellar”. The theatre offered plenty of free parking. It had luxurious pushback seating, a smoking loge, and a first for any cinema; its own art gallery. At the time of its opening, the Southpark Mall Cinemas was Charlotte’s premiere showplace, and it was the place to go and see some of Hollywood’s best, at one of the most exclusive indoor shopping centers in the Southeast.
By the mid-1970’s, a third auditorium had been added, and it remained that way until the late-1990’s when it closed due to the expansion of the mall.
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