Cinema Triple

130 Laurens Street NW,
Aiken, SC 29801

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Cinema Triple

The Rosemary Theatre opened in 1950, and was the last downtown theatre to remain! Aiken had another downtown theatre, the Patricia Theatre which lasted into the 1950’s.

By 1969 it had been renamed The Cinema and was playing "The Love Bug" with shows at 1,3,5,7,9. The Fox Drive-In and The Cinema always ran small ads in the Augusta papers.

On July 4th, 1965 The Cinema was playing "Yellow Rolls Royce" with Ingrid Bergman and Rex Harrison. Shows at 3:00, 5:02, 7:14, 9:26, and "In Harm’s Way" was coming soon.

By the 1970’s The Cinema expanded to a triple and continued to run movies even with a Regal cinema at the mall. However, The Cinema was closed in April 2001, sold and torn down for its real estate value.
You can’t even tell a theatre was ever there.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Mark II is on Cinema Treasures,cinejazz.

frmaximos on November 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

The Cinema was expanded to a triple in the early 80’s when it was owned by Stewart and Everett It was sold to Carmike in 1987 ( they bought the whole company). Carmike owned the other theatre in town was also owned by Carmike Cinemas. I was the assistant manager there from 1984 to 1987.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Thanks Maximos.I live over in Evans,Georgia and was doing my best to get these Aiken Screens on.I have a friend who shot a video tape of closing night at the Cinema,Bill Barkley of Bath,S.C.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Also Maximos, this is great place for theatre stories.I woked several theatres in Augusta in Management and filled those theatres with stories,I hope you can do the same. Most of the CT members enjoy the tales of the Theatre.Quite a few,never worked a movie house.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm

i wish all of you guys that never did would have had a chance because it was a great job during my years 1974 1979 1981 – 1983.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Now showing June 19 1970 “SLEEPING BEAUTY”

June 25 1971 This had to have been second run.“LOVE STORY”.

8-24-69 “GOODBYE,COLUMBUS” Goodbye spelt Goodby in newspaper ads.

Nov.28 1969 “CHRISTMAS TREE”,


Dec 25 1970 “RIO LOBO” Showing at the Imperial in Augusta.

Dec. 18 1970 “WUSA”

June 26 1970 “1932:MOONSHINE WAR”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Movies that played the CINEMA

June 25 1966 “BAMBI”


June 1 1968 “SGT.O'FARRELL”

June 14 1968 “SPEEDWAY”


July 26 1968 “GREEN BERETS”

Sept.24 1971 “THE LAST RUN”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Sept 7 1964,BOXOFFICE, Jerry Ballard becomes the new manager of the CINEMA.Gary Jones is going to the Valley Drive-in in the same County.{Gloversville}.He was the manager at the CINEMA.

John Coles
John Coles on February 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

According to an article in the Aiken Standard of April 3, 2001, the Cinema was to close on April 5, 2001. The Cinema was formerly the Rosemary Theater. It was leased from Mr. Ram, who opened it in 1950. Stewart & Everett leased both the Patricia and Rosemary Theaters in 1952. It closed because Carmick was in Chapter 11.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Yeah, Carmike was good at closing theatres,plus REgal opened a small 8 plex outside the Aiken Mall, John.

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