Eastgate Cinema Twin Theatres

2901 Cashwell Drive,
Goldsboro, NC 27530

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Eastgate Cinema booth as it was in 1970.

Opening on August 29, 1969, the Eastgate Cinema opened as one of the new chain of modern design theatres in Eastern North Carolina, that were owned and operated under the Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. The Eastgate Cinema was one of several new theatres that opened with rocking chair seating, giant widescreen projection that was equipped for bigger presentations and acres of front door free parking. At the time of its opening the Eastgate Cinema was indeed Goldsboro’s first-ever suburban theatre that was an alternative to the downtown Goldsboro movie houses. It was a single screen theatre with a seating capacity for 450.

It remained the Eastgate Cinema until 1981, when Stewart and Everett decided to split the original auditorium into two sections seating 225 each. It was renamed Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 by Stewart and Everett Theatres.

By 1986, Carmike acquired this theatre after its acquisition of Stewart and Everett and it was renamed the Eastgate Cinema Twin. By 1989, it was facing stiff competition from both the Berkeley Cinema 4 and the Litchfield Cinemas, when the Eastgate Cinema Twin went from showing first-run features to becoming a second-run discount house under Carmike Cinemas when it closed in 1995.

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piecesoftheater
piecesoftheater on September 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The above info isn’t quite correct. Eastgate was opened as a single screen and was later split into two. It remained a two screen until it was closed. After closing, the building was turned into a Napa auto parts store. A few years later, the building was demolished. At this time, the lot is still vacant.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on October 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I was stationed at SJAFB 69-70. Was able to work a few shifts at this theater when it was a single screen. It was a nice theater with mag/stereo at the time. They showed WOODSTOCK here and my room mate and I stayed here all day to watch it. I had to leave early evening to pull a booth shift on base at the base theater then came back later to pick up my room mate.

ronniemayo
ronniemayo on July 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I remember Eastgate Cinema as a kid growing up. During this time you either went to the Paramount or Eastgate. The teenagers hanging at the malls on weekends would walk over to the Cinema to watch a movie especially when the mall was closing. The building was vacant for several years before it was demolished. The parking lot remain and now being used during the summer someone selling shaved ice snow cones.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on October 13, 2012 at 2:18 am

Eastgate Cinema was twinned sometime after the Berkeley Cinema 1 & 2 opened in 1976. I remember seeing “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” listed on the Eastgate’s marquee in 1978; no other title was on the marquee. Berkeley Cinema added a third screen about this time, and the Center and Paramount theaters downtown were still showing movies as well. I believe it was a twin by the end of 1979.

raysson
raysson on June 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Address:

2901 Cashwell Drive Eastgate Shopping Center Goldsboro, NC 27530

raysson
raysson on July 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

NightHawk1 and piecesoftheater: Recently I found the original ad in the Goldsboro News and Argus for the grand opening of the Eastgate Cinema. Pieces is right…….The Eastgate Cinema was Goldsboro’s first indoor suburban theater that was an alternative to the Downtown Goldsboro movie houses(the Center and the Paramount). The Eastgate Cinema was Goldsboro’s modern theatre that had seating capacity of 450. It remained the Eastgate Cinema until 1981 where it given the split down the middle technique into two sections creating shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens and it renamed the Eastgate Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett. It went through another change by 1986 when Carmike Cinemas acquired this along with the Berkeley Cinema 4 from Stewart and Everett. It was renamed the Eastgate Twin Cinemas. By the late-1980’s,it was having stiff competition from the Berkeley Cinema 4 and the Litchfield Cinema 4 and the Eastgate Twin Cinemas were reduced to showing second-run films until it closed in 1995 by Carmike.

I have the original ads for the Eastgate Cinema’s August 26,1969 grand opening.

E-mail me at

raysson
raysson on July 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

NightHawk:

The Eastgate Cinema was twinned in 1981 into two sections seating 225 each in both auditoriums until 1995.

The original auditorium seated 450.

raysson
raysson on July 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

THE EASTGATE CINEMA opened on August 29,1969 as Goldsboro’s First-Ever suburban movie theatre under Stewart and Everett.

The opening attraction for its grand opening feature presentation: “HOW TO COMMIT MARRIAGE” in Technicolor and Panavision Starring Bob Hope and the “GREAT ONE” Jackie Gleason!!!! Rated G

The Coming Attractions are on the way to the EASTGATE CINEMA!!!

“RUN WILD,RUN FREE”-Starring Mark Lester,that brilliant young star of the Oscar winning “Oliver!” comes a motion picture for the whole family!

“THE WILD BUNCH”-It’s Ernest Borgnine and William Holden in the movie event of 1969! The movie everyone is waiting to see!!!

“WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL”-Its family fun and laughs galore with Doris Day and Brian Keith in a outrageous comedy!!!

“THE LEARNING TREE”-Comes a tale about growing up in the American Midwest of the 1920’s

“ICE STATION ZEBRA”-Action packed cold war super thriller starring Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown and Patrick McGoohan on Goldsboro’s super widescreen event!!!

“CHITTY,CHITTY,BANG BANG”-Wonderful musical smash of the year with Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes in glorious Technicolor!!!

And many more to come to the EASTGATE CINEMA!!!

raysson
raysson on October 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

NEARBY THEATRES:

Carmike Berkeley Mall Cinema 4

Litchfield Cinema 4

UA Litchfield Cinema 6

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