Four Seasons Cinemas

1300 7th Avenue E.,
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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Four Seasons Cinemas

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Four Seasons Cinemas was a nice little 4-plex opened in Hendersonville, N.C. most likely in the mid-1980’s.

Once the Carolina 1 and 2 closed (downtown theatre) this was the only theatre left having seen both drive-ins close. Interestingly this theatre only had three managers in its existence. Ed Webb, Keith Black, and Ray Rogers. It was a Fairland-Litchfield theatre, then sold to United Artists, Regal, and finally a little theatre chain called Epic that ran it in the ground.

It seated 244, 244, 160, 120 and had automated projection in a large booth. The lobby was large as was the concession stand centered in the lobby; the box office being part of the concession stand.

As managers Ray Rogers put it, "it was a sick building." According to Rogers the theatre was always battling water leaks coming through the walls. And mold was always a problem. After Rogers left no one really managed the cinemas.

Up the road Epic had taken an old Walmart and converted it into a 12-plex. Assistants would then take turns seeing that the now converted Four Seasons, now a dollar cinema, was opened.

Rogers said once the HVAC unit broke, for over a year until closing they never fixed it. He knew the mold was growing without proper ventalation. In fact Epic was so cheap they had a sign on the door, "no AC bring a hand fan to fan yourself."

Luckily being located on a mountain the Hendersonville summers probably were not that hot. Finally the Four Seasons opened just 4 days a week and was closed the rest. Today it sits empty. Ray Hutto said not long ago all the seats were pulled and taken to Mississippi!

Ray said the theatre had made a lot of money in its best years being a high grossing theater for Fairland-Litchfield. Once Regal took over most of the magic was gone.

With the home office of Regal just up the road in Knoxville, Four Seasons Cinemas was just a target for some know-it-all district manager to visit and criticize. Illness forced Ray to retire but he does miss the employees that served him faithfully.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

Before they closed it,My cousin drove down with a VAN FULL OF ONE-SHEETS.They are all in my Basement and Attic.Only a few I wanted,But I saved them from the Dump.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

thanks Shaina and Chuck.She should have snapped a picture of the Road marquee,if it is still standing.I bet my Cousin had boxes of 35mm Trailers.I guess he dumped them since All i got were the one-sheets.I think I did get a couple of 007 Trailers.Can’t do much with them but roll out and look at the frames.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

STripped and Empty,probably see a wrecking ball,not really in a good location for anything.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Last i heard Still empty.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

My cousin hopes to get the key from the landlord and go back in his old theatre,he feels Mold and Mildew will really be bad,he just wants to see what EPIC THEATRES took out when they closed it. Told him to take pictures.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

last i heard the whole theatre maybe torn down, might already be,for a road i think…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

just got a call from my cousin Ray, seems the Hendersonville Police called him to inform him a large tarp was reported blowing off the roof. Now Ray had been gone for years and the place as been closed for years,He had no idea how they ended up calling him, I figured one of the cops must have remembered him as manager.Well, it wasn’t a tarp, but a whole section of the rubber roof coating flapping in the wind.. the landlord told Ray they will probably tear old four plex down,,,soon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

when it is finally torn down will report it…..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

still standing after last report….

Mikeoaklandpark on July 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Pardee hospital has purchased the property for their use as a walk in clinic.

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