Six Forks Station Cinema

9500 Forum Drive,
Raleigh, NC 27615

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Six Forks Station Cinema

Opened on August 1, 1986 under Cineplex Odeon Corporation and Plitt Southern Theatres. This 1,650-seat capacity multiplex cinema was complete with six state of the art widescreen auditoriums, with full widescreen projection that was capable of showing larger presentations in Dolby Stereo Sound. Luxurious plush seating in all auditoriums throughout, with advance ticket sales available for same day presentations and coming attractions. The theatre had its own front door parking. Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre until 1991 when Carmike Cinemas took over, and they closed it in 2000.

Doug Cooper and Bill Peebles, company manager of Ambassador Entertainment reopened the theatre in 2003 and had major renovations done. It plays a variety of films that include first run features as well as foreign and independent films.

Contributed by Lost Memory, raymond

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raysson on August 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

The Six Forks Cinema, The Colony, The Rialto, Mission Valley Cinema,
as well as the Lumina in Chapel Hill are owned and operated by Ambassador Entertainment Group.

raysson on August 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Built in 1986,the Six Forks Station Cinema was once a chain of the Plitt Theatres group and also part of the Cineplex Odeon Corporation.
[Cineplex Odeon also owned and operated at one time several Raleigh theatres including the Cardinal at North Hills,the Tower Twin,and Tower Merchants Six.]

raysson on April 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

SIX FORKS STATION CINEMAS upon it’s grand opening on August 1,1986 was Cineplex Odeon’s first multiplex theatre in the greater Raleigh-Durham market.

Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre from 1986 thru 1991.

Carmike Cinemas operated this theatre from 1991 thru 2000. Carmike closed this theatre in 2000. Ambassador Entertainment took over operations in 2000 and reopened this theatre and refurnished it in 2003.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

and i bet it was adump when CARMIKE finished with it…

raysson on June 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Mike Rogers: This was one of the theatres CARMIKE abandon and left it for a dump when they closed it in 2000. Bill Peebles of Ambassador Entertainment basically saved this theatre from the wrecking ball and did a million dollar restoration and reopened in 2003.

DavidDymond on June 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I was in Durham N. C. the day this Cineplex Odeon theatre opened. Garth Drabinsky the Cineplex Odeon founder and President opened two theatres in Raleigh that day! He arrived by helicopter and descended on the parking lot. It was like a god arriving from Heaven! They were extremely nice theatres for their day (1986) and I was damn proud to see the Cineplex Odeon from across the parking lot. It was absolutely GROSS to see that CARMIKE took over these theatres!!

Micah on September 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

Just because it annoys me to hear otherwise, I must point out that Six Forks' majority owner is Doug Cooper, a longtime cinema fixture in Raleigh. Peebles is a minority partner there. Cooper is wholly responsible for reopening Six Forks. The theater is operated under the Ambassador umbrella almost entirely for reasons of film booking and economies of scale involving vendors.

Micah on September 20, 2013 at 12:51 am

Also, the theater was shuttered when it closed in 2000 until it was reopened in 2003.

rivest266 on November 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

This theatre’s old marquee is almost the same as CinĂ©mas Place Charest in Quebec City, another Cineplex Odeon theatre. It was changed later.

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