King Theatres I-II-III

3315 Bragg Boulevard,
Fayetteville, NC 28303

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KING THEATRE

Opening on February 9, 1967, the King Theatre became Fayetteville’s first ever suburban cinema and the only indoor movie theatre that was located outside of downtown. At the time of the King Theatre’s opening, all of Fayetteville’s indoor movie theatres were located downtown (Broadway Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Carolina Theatre and the Colony Theatre). The King Theatre was Fayettesville’s newest ulta-modern cinema with extra big ultra seating, giant widescreen projection that was capable of showing 35mm and 70mm films. This was a single screen cinema with 700 seats. It opened on February 9, 1967 with Don Knotts in “The Reluctant Astronaut”.

It remained a single screen cinema until the mid-1970’s when it became a twin cinema. By the early-1980’s it had become a triple screen cinema. It closed in the mid-1990’s after operating for several years as a discount house.

Contributed by raymond

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raysson
raysson on February 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I also found the original ad from its grand opening from 1967 or early 1968 from the Fayetteville Observer. It was known as the King Theatre and the cinema was located off Bragg Boulevard in the King Shopping Center.

raysson
raysson on March 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS TO FAYETTEVILLE’S NEWEST ULTRA SHOWPLACE THEATRE! Bragg Boulevard-Kings Plaza(2-9-67)

Vanessa Redgrave in “GEORGY GIRL”
Patty Duke in “THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS”
John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in “THE WAR WAGON”
Walt Disney’s “THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE”
Clint Eastwood in “A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS”
John Forsythe in “IN COLD BLOOD”

AND COMING SOON TO THIS THEATRE:
The musical event of 1967..“HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”.

raysson
raysson on March 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Kings Plaza Shopping Center is now home to a very popular flea market that is open to the public on weekends. This is in the same location as where the former King’s Department Store,and the King Theatre used to be,not to mention the other section of the flea market was also to be a Winn-Dixie grocer.

raysson
raysson on March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

This was also under Carmike Cinemas when it last operated as a three-screen discount house in the late 1980’s.

apostcardlife
apostcardlife on April 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

Yes, Carmike would have acquired it as part of their acquisition of Consolidated Theaters in 1989. As I commented on another Fayetteville/Carmike theater page, the 700 seats for the 1 screen likely would have played a role in Carmike’s choosing to close it…

apostcardlife
apostcardlife on April 24, 2012 at 12:09 am

Also, one of the other closed former-Carmike Fayetteville theater pages said that Carmike had closed 3 theaters in Fayetteville, but, so far, having only reached K going alphabetically down the list, this is the 5th — 1. the Valley Twin; 2. Bordeaux; 3. Cardinal Theatres; 4. Eutaw Twin Theatres; and now 5. King Theatres…

apostcardlife
apostcardlife on April 24, 2012 at 12:11 am

Although, to add on to my remark about the 700 seats to 1 screen, I suppose if it had become a 3-screen theater by the ‘80s, whether or not that played a role would be determined by whether 1 or 2 of the 3 screens had 300+ seats, since clearly 700 is not enough for each screen to have had 300+ seats; if it was 299 or fewer per each of the 3 screens already, then that wouldn’t have played a role…

apostcardlife
apostcardlife on April 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

raysson – do you know what year the Kings Plaza Shopping Center became a flea market? I would be very interested to know…

raysson
raysson on May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Open in 1967 as a 700 seat single screen theater. Was twinned in 1975. The second auditorium was under renovations in 1979 to make way for a third auditorium with second auditorium split down the middle creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. Screen 1 had 450 seats. By the time the second auditorium was renovated the seating capacities for Screens 2 and 3 were between 299 or 300.

raysson
raysson on May 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

The Kings Plaza Shopping Center became a flea market during the mid-1980’s. The flea market is where the former King’s Department Store used to be and also took over the space where the former Winn-Dixie grocer stood and former Kerr Discount Drugs.

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