Eastgate Cinema Twin Theatres
2901 Cashwell Drive,
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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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