Cinema Triple

130 Laurens Street NW,
Aiken, SC 29801

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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

John Coles
John Coles on February 26, 2012 at 4:41 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 July 20, 2011 at 8:30 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2011 at 4:39 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 January 11, 2011 at 4:19 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 November 5, 2010 at 7:18 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 November 4, 2010 at 10:44 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 4, 2010 at 10:40 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.

frmaximos on November 4, 2010 at 5:50 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 October 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Mark II is on Cinema Treasures,cinejazz.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Cinejazz,I guess you do not remember Aiken’s Drive-ins.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Thanks cinejazz.Glad someone in Aiken is on CT.

joshlocklair on October 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm

The Mark II Theatres of Aiken, SC closed in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. The current Aiken Playhouse was built on the site around 1995 or so. I grew up in Aiken, and saw many films there as a teenager. It was originally a single screen theater until 1985 or so. I remember going to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark” there when it was a single, and “A View to a a Kill,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Moonstruck” when it was twined. The original screen was quite big, and it was sad to see it twinned back in 1985.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

iam not going to be able to find much more on this theatre except on March 27.1999 the Cinema was now called CINEMA TRIPLE a Carmike theatre they are showing “DOUG’S FIRST MOVIE”. “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” and on the third screen is “ANALYZE THIS” and “WING COMMANDER”. There was no MARK 1 and 2 Theatres listed,so they must have closed up.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm


JUne 3 1966 now showing TIKO AND THE SHARK.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 19, 2009 at 11:43 am

Nov.23 1963 a sad day for America.Some theatres have cancalled shows. THE CINEMA in Aiken is playing FUN IN ACAPULCO. on a late show at 10pm.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

July 28 1969 Now Playing Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve in THE APRIL FOOLS Rated M shows at 1-3-5-7 & 9.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm

SASQUATCH not that anyone could care came through this town in 1977. Winter 1977. Augusta, Aiken, and yes, Barnwell.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Well, THE CINEMA is playing day and date with COLUMBIA ONE in Augusta with SASQUATCH a movie about Bigfoot. It might sell on this side of the river, but i predict a quick death at COLUMBIA ONE. heck it is just finishing a run at the SOUTHHILL DRIVE IN in Barnwell, S.C. a new theatre like COLUMBIA ONE SHOULD NOT be picking up product from a run down drive in in Barnwell!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

SEPT. 10 1971

NOW PLAYING …….SHAFT…RATED R. Starting next Thursday LITTLE BIG MAN …Rated GP.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm



April 27 1965

Now Playing at the CINEMA


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 13, 2009 at 7:13 pm

According to Bill Barkley THE PATRICIA THEATRE was the first movie house in Aiken S.C. IT was owned by Bert Ram. He named the theatre after his oldest daughter.

Where i am having trouble, is Barkley insists the ROSEMARY THEATRE became the CINEMA. But i swear i remember seeing an old ad i have somewhere that had PATRICIA



on a newspaper ad meaning there were 3 theatres! until i can disprove it i will add what Bill gave me

According to Bill Barkley THE ROSEMARY was built sometime later and again named for a child.It had a stage and dressing rooms.It was quite modern and run first run films. Augusta could not bother them because of a ten mile rule. The LOCAL PROJECTIONISTS 518 could not touch them because they fell under COLUMBIA S.C. juriisdiction. They charged less than downtown Augusta and i know alot folks that headed to Aiken for a movie.

They also sent out a monthly schedule of coming attractions for their patrons on a mailing list.

Okay, here is where we could differ, but by Bill’s facts CARMIKE bought the ROSEMARY, named CHANGED and later they added two screens for a triple. that is a fact, 3 screens. The projection booth was on the same level as the original one. the projectors were Century and lamps by Strong. At the entrance a concessionstand served all 3 theatres.
THe entrance to theatre number 2 was straight from the lobby while the other theatres had an entrance with doors to the left.

I talked with the Manager,Bill Barkley said and Bill said the manager didn’t know why they were closing becuse they were doing good business.But Bill, like me. figured the new REGAL at the mall was the place.{ I have seen the 8 plex at Aiken Mall and it is a joke} Mike Rogers.

I also heard the seats came from a cinema hit by HURRICANE HUGO.Makes sense with these companies today. MIKE ROGERS.

THANKS TO BILL BARKLEY. After being corrected on COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS MY OWN THEATRE !!!!!!!!! If anyone has any proof about the three theatres in Aiken let me know. I will hunt for the Ad and if i am right I will let you know. BUT I SURE remember looking at an old newspaper ad and it had…PATRICIA ROSEMARY & CINEMA. Maybe I am wrong. JUST want the facts 100%.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm

THANKS, Chuck 1231.Do you have any info on the MARK 1 ?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 31, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Bill Barkley shot quite a bit of closing night when the Cinema 3 was closing. Today, in Aiken there is no sign of a theatre. He had nice video of the booth, the films cans getting loaded up for the last time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

THanks Nick, If we could get Bill to give us some info,much more than i had we could do a pretty good history on this theatre. I know he was there the last night it was open. You need to drop him aline. He knows so much about the Aiken ,S.C, theatres.