Four Seasons Cinemas

1300 7th Avenue E.,
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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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 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..

lindsaycarr on October 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

I was the manager of this Theater for 6 months back in 2009 when EPIC had its doors open. I have to agree, the brothers who owned this theater did not want to put a dime into it, so they didn’t. It was quite sad.. When I first took it over, the popcorn machine was “broken”, so I was instructed to stop off at EPIC first thing every morning and pick up a trash bag full of their popcorn (always the previous nights popcorn) and fill my warmers. It was embarrassing! This lasted for about a week before I broke down and begged my father to come and fix it. I spent less than $20 for the parts he needed, and he had it working in less than 15 minutes. Then he fixed my broken water fountain. Then he fixed my clogged drains. It only got worse from that point on. There was such history in that old building, and it had such potential- but lacked the proper ownership and love that it needed. I was there when the AC broke, and could instantly tell I was going to have to just roll with it… the word HOT doesn’t begin to describe the inside of that building, or the disgust I felt when I was instructed to hang that “Please bring a fan” sign. I also remember being told I needed to do some outside clean up before the brothers came to see the place after I took it over. With no AC inside, I was outside pulling weeds, cleaning up the side of the building where the bums hung out, and cutting down a small tree (with a hand saw) that was blocking the marquee from being properly seen from SR64. INSANE! I did those things because I loved the four seasons. I loved the old equipment in the booth.. Building the movies onto a giant reel, working with the old wall mounts… Definitely the oldest equipment I’ve ever used to date. My final straw was when I lost my cleaning lady. They paid her $20 a day to come and clean, and expected her to stay “a couple hours”. She was a sweet woman, but ultimately, you get what you pay for. Once she quit, I was told I was the new cleaning person, and I would not be getting the $20 a day… That didn’t last long. Despite the lack of time and TLC the owners refused to put into that theater, It was still a favorite of mine. When the equipment was operating properly, and the 2 staff members showed up, and it wasn’t 90 degrees outside, and we had working CC machines, and a cleaning lady, and a popcorn machine, and the bums weren’t attempting to come in the building, it was heaven inside.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I only knew Mike Rogers because it was in the local paper. Also Mike, the info above needs to be corrected, it was taken over by Epic theaters and turned into a discount house after Epic opened the multiplex up the road.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 20, 2014 at 3:17 am

wow, thanks, you would think my cousin up there would have told me this….

Mikeoaklandpark on July 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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

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

still standing after last report….

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 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 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 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 April 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Last i heard Still empty.

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 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 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.

TLSLOEWS on March 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

By the way Mike Very Good intro on this theatre.

TLSLOEWS on March 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks for the photos Nick.Great shot of Mike.And what a great name for a Cinema.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

when I first went in that booth I had only seen Platters,not reels on the walls.It was different,for sure.Ray ended up servicing all the Regal Cinemas in that area when Projection problems arose.

Nunzienick on February 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Here are some photos:
Exterior of building showing entrance & concessions:
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Interior of cinema 2 (note foot already on back of new seats):
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Manager Ray Rogers and Mike Rogers in booth:
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Projector and reels all set to go…it’s showtime!
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

RIPSIN, I am working a history on the SKYLAND ARTS CINEMA in Hendersonville.Hopefully, you will be able to comment on this Art theatre which opened when the CAROLINA 1 and 2 were sold for a bank.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

By bad do you mean what Ray was saying Mold growing everywhere.I saw a few movies there and watching what few films i saw the picture and sound were good as any theatre i had seen movies in.

Ripshin on February 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Well, I started going there soon after it opened, and never cared for it. A sister lived in town, so I only went a few times a year. By the early 90s, I refused to see films there at all. I do remember that the building seemed “bad” from the outset. The Carolina had been horribly butchered by twinning. My regional favorite was the lost Ultra-Vision Mall Theatre behind the Asheville Mall – oval theaters, great design. (Most of its life, was called The Mall Twin Theater, I believe.)

Fondest theater memory from childhood was in 60s/70s Florida – the Sunny Isle Twin in Miami. It also had oval theaters – with spectacular tile work in the lobby, and two different color themes for the auditoriums….Aquamarine,(blue) and Driftwood (orange……rocking plush chairs….wow.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

You can reach Ray for more Western North Carolina theatre stories at Ray Rogers He will be glad to tell about Drive ins also in that area.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

More on the Four Seasons with a interview with the last real theatre manager there,Ray Rogers.

Mike: the theatre had different look inside at the time.

Ray: Yes, it was of Austrian waterfall screen curtains and full stereo sound,a far cry from the Carolina in town.

Mike; What the booth?

Ray: Mike, it was impressive the first time i took over. So much room. We had Film Systems Consoles Christie projector heads. I got so good in the booth often i would be in Asheville fixing problems in those theatres. We had full Kintek sound. The booth also had wall mounted film transport systems. and like so many theatres we had interlock on all 4 houses.

Mike: I know all theatre guys have a story,What’s yours?

Ray:{laughing} I remember a customer came out and said you have a hole in wall somewhere! I can hear the wind whistling around. He didn’t realize it was the sound effectsof the movie he was hearing and not the weather outside. That is a good sound system.

Mike: I have to agree.haven’t read that yet on CT, Special Needs?

Ray: I was proud to hire Special needs employees. and out theatre was equipped in the cinemas for such folks.

Mike:Not alot managers managed that theatre,Must have a great place for a guy to stay for awhile,

Ray: Mike,you are right,not many at all, Keith was the first.David White was an Assistant to help Keith Black. Ed Webb came in and i was brought in mainly because of my Booth experience and managing at the CAROLINA 1 and 2 {on CT}, Litchfield was the chain.

Mike: Different chains took over?

Ray: Yes, United Artists,and several off shoots,then REGAL and finally Epic who simply walked away like the above post MIKEOAKLANDPARK wrote.

Mike: Keeping it clean? a problem?

Ray: No, Both the interior and exterior walls were painted making maintance easy. {Scored concrete blocks}

Mike: Some debate on opening day.

Ray; It opened Feb.14 1985 with good weather,for here. I held the “fort” down from 1985 to 2006. Heck, that is probably a theatre manager record.
I would also like to add unlike new theatres and like you I hate saying “cinemas” so much ours had lots of leg room and Our seats were offset just right so you could always see the screen. We were using neon way before alot of theatres today.

Mike: Anything else I know our CT readers always want more.

Ray ; Just a pity to see “her” there now, Dark.

Mike: Ray, That is the cry of so many readers,thanks for the time.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

I live in Asheville and didn’t realize Epic closed this theater. It doesn’t surprise me that they let the theater go downhill. Epic is a spin off chain from Carmike which to me really sucks as a theater chain. It is running a close second to Frank Theaters.
I will say, the Epic is beautiful and run very well.