Roanoke Rapids Cinema 1 & 2

1722 East 10th Street,
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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Also known as the Roanoke Cinema 1 & 2, the cinema opened in the late-1970’s as a twin cinema under the Stewart & Everett Theatre chain. Carmike Cinemas acquired it in 1986 and later this moviehouse became a independent chain. As of the writing,it is the only movie theatre operating in the town.

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Coate
Coate on June 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

How many theaters were there in Roanoke Rapids during the 1970s? I ask because I wonder if perhaps this theater, described above as a twin, opened as a single screener? My notes from a recent research project indicate that, circa 1977, there was a “Cinema” operating in Roanoke Rapids, and looking at the photo of the theater (on the theater’s website, viewable from the link provided above under Related Websites) one can see the marquee reads “Cinema” and the design of the building looks like a second screen was added.

raysson
raysson on June 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm

There were two theatres in Roanoke Rapids during the mid-to-late 1970’s. One was the Peoples Theatre that was located in Downtown Roanoke Rapids. The other was the Cinema,located on East 10th Street.

The Peoples Theatre at the time the Cinema opened in the 1970’s was the only operating movie theatre in town. The Cinema changed all that and during the late-1970’s and the early 1980’s The Peoples Theatre and the Cinema were the only two moviehouses in town until the Peoples Theatre closed its doors in 1985,leaving only the Cinema 1 & 2 the only operating theatre in town and all of Halifax County.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on January 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

The roadside marquee identifies this theater as the “Roanoke Cinemas”. This theater was probably built in 1971, as it strongly resembles the Neuse Boulevard Cinema in New Bern. The Roanoke (Rapids) Cinema was originally a single screen theater (as was the Neuse Blvd. Cinema); I remember passing it by going to visit my great-grandmother in the early 1970s and there was only one movie listed on the marquee in those days. If Martin Theatres did own this theater, it was their only North Carolina location east of Raleigh.

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