3909 Oleander Drive,
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Opening on November 19, 1970, the Oleander Cinema 1 & 2 premiered as the first ever twin theatres to be established in Wilmington and all of New Hanover County and surrounding areas.
Owned and operated by Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Stewart and Everett Theatres basically ran all the movie houses and drive-ins in the Greater Wilmington area, including all the downtown movie theatres.
Both auditoriums seated 600, and it was one of the modern ultra theatres that was designed for great entertainment. Labeled SENC-land’s first to offer rocking chair seating with deep foam cushions and back support, spaced for maximum comfort. Proportional view-comfort widescreens for bright clear picture presentations. Hi-Fidelity sound for greater listening pleasure.
The opening attractions were in Screen 1:“C.C. and Company” with Joe Namath and Ann-Margret. In Screen 2:“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” with Barbra Streisand. Coming attractions were:“Hello Dolly”, a re-release of “Wuthering Heights” and “Gone With the Wind”.
Taken over by Carmike Cinemas in 1986 it was renamed Oleander Twin and remained a staple of great entertainment in Wilmington for over 18 years until its closing on January 5, 1988. The theatre has been demolished and an office complex was built on the site where the former Oleander Cinemas 1 & 2 were located.
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