Westwood Cinema 6

362 Westwood Shopping Center,
Fayetteville, NC 28314

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Conveniently located in the Westwood Shopping Center adjacent to the nearby Cross Creek Mall, it opened on September 21, 1979 was the Westwood Cinema 1-2-3. It was owned and operated under the Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Corporation (their first foray in the Fayetteville-Cumberland County market).

After Stewart and Everett folded in 1986, the cinema was acquired by Carmike (who later added a fourth auditorium and it became the Westwood Cinema 4). By the late-1980’s, two more screens were added and it became the Westwood Cinema 6. The Westwood Cinema 6 was closed in early-1995.

By mid-1995, Carmike demolished the theatre, and in its place was built a 12-screen multiplex across from where the old Westwood Cinemas once stood.

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NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on October 19, 2011 at 2:48 am

I was working for TJMaxx back in 1996 when they asked me to help with the remodeling of their store in Cross Pointe Center (my home store was Greenville, NC). The first week I went to Fayetteville was the same week that the Carmike 12 at Westwood had its grand opening. The night before they officially opened the 12-plex, Carmike had a 10-cent preview night featuring second-run films. (I had to work graveyard shift at TJ’s so I couldn’t go to the dime shows.) Two years later, Carmike repeated the idea when they opened their 12-plex quasi-stadium cinema in Greenville, NC (same name), except in Greenville Carmike charged a dollar for the preview night. The Fayetteville Carmike 12 was on the back side of Westwood Shopping Center, facing the All-American Freeway. I have corrected the Google photo so that the Carmike 12 is visible.

apostcardlife
apostcardlife on April 24, 2012 at 4:14 am

I am confused how Carmike “acquired [Westwood] in the mid-1980s” from Martin Theatres (which Carmike actually bought from Fuqua Industries via a leveraged buyout in February 1982), the Westwood then reached its “demise” in the mid-1990s, and then was “taken over by Carmike” in 1996-? How did Carmike acquire it in 1982 and take it over in 1996? What does “demise” mean here? Did Carmike close it in the mid-1990s and then reopen it in 1996-? NighHawk1, if you were there for the ‘96 grand opening, I assume you might have some light you can shed on this, esp. if you happened to be there in the just-prior mid-1990s also—? For example, I know in Huntsville, AL, Carmike closed one of its theaters in the '90s only to reopen another theater not far from it just a few years later… Any knowledge/clarification here? Does anyone know how many seats per screen the theater had prior to its initial “demise”? I think that could potentially explain Carmike “letting” it close before reopening it…?

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on April 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Apostcardlife: Carmike demolished the old six-screen theater on the site probably late 1995 or early 1996. I’m not sure because I only spent two weeks in Fayetteville helping remodel the TJ Maxx store at Cross Pointe Center (next to GCC Cross Pointe 6 Cinemas). Also, I don’t recall Martin buying any of its theaters off of Stewart-Everett or if S&E had any theaters in Fayetteville other than the Carolina downtown; I recall that Martin and S&E tended to stay out of each other’s territories except possibly Winston-Salem.

raysson
raysson on July 4, 2012 at 5:25 am

THEATRE HISTORY:

1979-1986 Stewart and Everett Corporation

1986-1995 Carmike Cinemas

raysson
raysson on July 4, 2012 at 5:28 am

Nighthawk1 is right:

S&E had two movie theatres in Fayetteville. The other was the Carolina Theatre Downtown Fayetteville on Hay Street that closed on October 19,1978, a year before this theatre opened. The Westwood Cinemas was the last venue in Fayetteville under Stewart and Everett before Carmike bought S&E out in 1986.

SPOK
SPOK on October 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Went here several times in the 1980’s as an alternative to the Cross Creek Mall or Eutaw cinemas. The last movie I saw at Westwood was the remake of THEY FLY (1986). The Westwood was nice in that it was connected to a small shopping center and there was a Big Boy restaurant in the parking lot. The theater was easy to get to from Fort Bragg as it was right off of the All American Highway.

ctwrenn
ctwrenn on April 3, 2013 at 6:23 am

Star Trek The Motion Picture ran here first run it’s opening weekend I know. My family and I stood in line for at least 3 hours and that line was long

wantsomepopcorn
wantsomepopcorn on April 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I was the manager from when this theatre opened on 21 September, 1979, until I was promoted to District Manager in 1990. Lots of great memories here. I was there when we ran Star Trek and when we ran ET for 365 days. I built the theatre in Greenville that Nighthawk 1 mentions.
To address the demise of S&E, we were purchased by Carmike Cinemas (which was at one time Martin Theatres, based in Columbus, GA) and they paid top dollar for the company. They were nice people too.
When I was in Fayetteville, all of the theatre managers met once a week, usually on Tuesday, for lunch. Though our companies competed with each other, we all got along rather well and would help one another in a bind.
Browsing through this site takes me back to the most enjoyable days in my working life and seeing theatres I managed and remembering friends now long gone.
Let’s hear it for, as Norma would say, “All those wonderful people out there in the dark!”

rivest266
rivest266 on October 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

Looking at the aerial photo, it looks like it was expanded and renamed Carmike 12 in 1996.

wantsomepopcorn
wantsomepopcorn on November 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I was the opening manager of this theatre in September 1979 when it was a three screened facility. Stewart & Everett added three screens in the mid 1980’s. Carmike bought S&E and ran the theatre for a few years and then closed it temporarily to remodel it. They did remove screens #5 and 6 (the area now being the lobby) and added enough screens to make it a 12 plex. It was never demolished. Where my office once was is now a women’s restroom. Stewart & Everett did own the old Carolina in downtown Fayetteville. I took the projectors there to Westwood. S&E also owned the Bragg Theatre later known as the King on Bragg Blvd. and the Haymont, which is now the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. At one time, they also operated a drive in where Skibo Road intersects Ramsey Street and I believe that there is a dry cleaner there now.
I hope that this clears up some of the questions.

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