Plaza Cinema 3
714 Greenville Boulevard SE,
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Previous Names: Plaza Cinema, Plaza Cinema 1 & 2, Plaza Cinema 1-2-3
It was known as the Plaza Cinema and it became Greenville’s first-ever suburban theatre that was an alternative to the downtown moviehouses (the Park Theatre and the Plitt Theatre), and was located in the Pitt Plaza Shopping Center on Greenville Boulevard. The Plaza Cinema under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres opened on August 26, 1968 as a 530-seat single screen theatre with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in “The Odd Couple”. The Plaza Cinema had the same architectural design as other cinemas that Stewart and Everett were building across eastern North Carolina.
By 1975, a second auditorium was added to the original, with 325 seats, it was renamed Plaza 1 & 2. By 1978 it expanded to three screens when the original 530-seat auditorium was split into two sections with 340 seats, bringing the total seating capacity to 1,195, and it was renamed Plaza 1-2-3 under Stewart and Everett.
By 1986, Carmike Cinemas began acquiring this theatre after its acquisition of Stewart and Everett, and it was renamed Plaza Cinema 3. Carmike closed the Plaza Cinema 3 on August 6, 1998, after more than 30 years serving the greater Greenville area.
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