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. It was then closed forever. 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. The Four Seasons Cinemas was demolished in December 2014.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

wow LINsAY, what a trooper, I know it hurts, you outta do what I did and make a special tribute on FACEBOOK, I did that with all the theatres I worked at, but boy reading what you wrote, wow, you went beyond the call of a theatre mgr, I thought Hendersonville could support a dollar house, but with digital that is out the door…I just got a call from my cousin RAY that they are tearing it down next week, he walked in soggy floors from a bad roof….so on, mold, it was a nice a showplace, pity the Carolina was torn down for a stinking bank, it should have been saved, but by judging the locals, I don’t think an arts group there even cared…sad..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

glad I snapped a few pictures, hope to have an article here if the local paper does a story…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

well it was bulldozed down today………GONE….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

hope to have pictures of it on soon….

lindsaycarr
lindsaycarr on December 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

:( I was tagged in a short video of the demolition on Facebook. Sad…..

StanMalone
StanMalone on December 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

Regarding the three managers listed in the overview, I probably worked for Keith Black. When UA took over Georgia Theatre in the mid 80’s they brought in a lot of their own people and Keith showed up a couple of years later as the DM. Got to be the same guy since he said he came to UA through Litchfield. He seemed like a pleasant enough person although as a projectionist I did not have much contact with him even though his office was next to the booth.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

thanks stan… hope to have pictures of the place being torn down on here soon.

Floppysanta
Floppysanta on April 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm

If anyone has the link to the demolition video Id like to see it, i have some pictures Too of the place

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

my cousin took a bunch of pictures,still waiting on him to mail them.he doesn’t do computers.

noscosays
noscosays on May 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

I loved going to that old theater. I remember watching several movies there (Transformers, Fantastic 4: Silver Surfer, Ironman); it was a neat little place and part of me always wished I had the capital to buy it and do something with it. When the AC broke and didn’t get fixed I knew something was up. It’s sad that the owners didn’t care enough to do anything with it.

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