Tower Merchants Six Cinemas

3670 Bastion Lane,
Tower Merchants Shopping Center,
Raleigh, NC 27604

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Tower Merchants Six Cinemas

Opening on February 13, 1987, the Tower Merchants Six Cinemas became the second multiplex theatre to open in the Raleigh area under Cineplex Odeon Corporation. Located in the southeastern part of Raleigh at the Tower Merchants Shopping Center at Bastion Lane near the Raleigh beltline. The theatre was state of the art all the way, with six widescreen auditoriums, the latest projection equipment and full Dolby Stereo Sound in four of its auditoriums that were capable of showing larger presentations in 70mm. The theatre had a spacious marble lobby and interiors that were elegantly designed with luxurious plush seating throughout. Advance ticket purchases were available for the same day film presentations along with front door free parking.

Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre until 1991 when Carmike Cinemas took over. Carmike Cinemas operated the Tower Merchants Six until its closing in 2003.

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Brian_Phillips on November 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I managed this theater VERY briefly for Carmike in January 1994. There were several nights where we closed early because no one showed up for the 9:00 shows – no one knew the theater even existed because of where it was built. Interestingly enough, my now-father-in-law is who built the theater originally (as in, the contractor, not owner).

raysson on April 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

This was one of the multiplexes that CARMIKE abandoned and left for dead when it closed in 2003. Reason why is no one knew where exactly the theatre was located not to mention even existed for that manner since the cinema was located on the other side of Bastion Lane at Tower Merchants right off the Traywick Road near the Raleigh Beltline in East Raleigh.

raysson on June 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I pass by this the other day and the cinema has been demolished.

A vacant lot now sits where the TOWER MERCHANTS 6 once stood.

DavidDymond on June 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

It was very gross that CARMIKE took over this theatre from Cineplex Odeon — they didn’t deserve such a nice theatre!!

Micah on September 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Raysson, are you sure Merchants 6 is razed? I was by there sometime in May/June this year and it was definitely still there.

Micah on September 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I know where it was/is, I serviced the projection equipment there many times. I was responding to a previous comment that says the theater was demolished. As of a few months ago, it was certainly still there.

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