New Centre Theatres I-II-III

5110 New Centre Drive,
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Opened on February 20, 1976, the New Centre Cinemas was Wilmington’s first triplex theatre that was owned and operated under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres Corporation. At the time of its opening, Stewart & Everett basically had control of all the movie theatres in Wilmington (the Oleander Twin, Colony Theatre, Bailey Theatre and the Skyway Drive-In) with the exception of the Manor Downtown (which was under Eastern Federal Theatres).

The largest auditorium seated 515, the second auditorium seated 283 and the smallet auditorium seated 202, giving a total seating capacity of 1,008.

Stewart & Everett ran the New Centre Cinemas until 1986 when the chain was acquired by Carmike Cinemas. Carmike ran the operations of the New Centre Cinemas until its closing in 1995.

An auto showroom dealership now stands where the New Centre Cinemas once stood.

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smyjmy
smyjmy on August 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The theater was renovated soon after its closing and is now a showroom for a car dealer

smyjmy
smyjmy on October 26, 2010 at 4:01 am

PICTURES COMING SOON…. The inside was renovated but outside it looks unchanged besides the deleated box office and the signage. If the marquee was put back people would surely think it was an operational theater.

smyjmy
smyjmy on October 27, 2010 at 3:41 am

Not the best picture, I will grab a better one when I get a chance.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Yes,please get a better one.thanks.

raysson
raysson on April 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

NEW CENTRE CINEMAS Opened on February 12,1976 as a three screen cinema with a seating capacity of 1,008 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres.

Stewart and Everett operated the New Centre Cinemas until 1986 when Carmike Cinemas took over as a acquisition of Stewart and Everett. Carmike Cinemas closed this theatre in 1995.

raysson
raysson on April 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm

At the time of it’s opening on February 12,1976…the NEW CENTRE CINEMAS was a three screen cinema with a seating capacity of 1,008 under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. At the time of it’s opening Stewart and Everett operated all the indoor movie houses and drive-ins in the greater Wilmington area with the exception of the Manor Theatre Downtown Wilmington which was operated under Eastern Federal Corporation.

THE NEW CENTRE CINEMAS' largest auditorium had a seating capacity of 515. Auditorium Two had a seating capacity of 283 bringing the total of 725 seats. The smallest auditorium had a seating capacity of 210 bringing the total seating capacity of 1,008.

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