Southpark Mall Cinemas

4400 Sharon Road,
Charlotte, NC 28211

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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.

Contributed by raymond

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PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on July 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm

In fact, the photos of GCC Theatres at my flickr site belong to David.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Wow, It is a small world.I worked at GCC in Augusta and Athens as an Assistant and enjoyed my times with the late Craig Zacker as my manager. I had been in the business probably longer than Zacker having worked at ABC and Plitt theatres.They wanted me to go to Columbia to help out there at the Mall theatre,but didn’t care about it and stayed in Augusta. Of all my Disrict Managers David and Mr.Biggs with ABC/PLitt were the nicest men to serve under,even as an assistant I felt welcomed when he came to town.Hope Mr.Poland is doing okay.

PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on August 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Mike, Thanks for nice comment about David.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I married my box office girl my four kids are by-products of GCC.LOL.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

looking at old movies ads at the Southpark,“BATMAN and ROBIN” are playing on Screen one and two,says it in the paper, Screen three has “SPEED 2”. SUMMER MOVIE CAMP starting up again.I remember those days.LOL.

raysson
raysson on July 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

I have the original ads for the grand opening of this theatre that was in the Charlotte Observer on August 21,1970.

raysson
raysson on May 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

THE SOUTHPARK MALL CINEMAS or CINEMA I & II Under General Cinema Corporation opened on August 21,1970 with a seating capacity of 800(400 seats each in both auditoriums)as a twin cinema. The second auditorium was split down the middle to add a third auditorium later on during the mid-1970’s that had a seating capacity of 300. It closed in 1999.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

SPLITING theatres was just a bad call. GCC was a good company to work for, the guys I worked with made me realize the downfall of the company was from the top not the theatre managers..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Its funny you see larger cities, but if they don’t have a local like me to provide pictures its a bummer.loooks like Charlotte lacks that…Augusta does not or nearby towns to Augusta,.

raysson
raysson on March 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Jack Nicholson-Faye Dunaway thriller CHINATOWN was one of the many Exclusive Engagements that General Cinema Theatres had for the Southpark Cinema I & II. The film was an exclusive showing that opened on June 28,1974 to capacity crowds.

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