Skyland Cinema Plus

538 N. Main Street,
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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This cinema was located in the old Skyland Hotel building. The hotel was later sold as condos. The theatre was built in the old ballroom by Jim Northington who sold the Carolina 1 and 2 across the street for real estate benefits. Namely, an ugly bank building.

The cinema had tables and chairs instead of the standard theatre seats. Jim served regular food along with beer and wine. No, you wouldn’t find the latest action movie. Jim wanted art films mainly. He had a small room off to one side that could show taped programs.

But being the showman Jim was, he had moved one of the projectors from his own Carolina 1 and 2 into this booth. The projection equipment was ‘Cinemecannica’ with large reels. If they ran more than one film at a time they had to change reels between each show. The booth was so small the movies had to be made up outside the booth and carried to it. It sat less than 200 moviegoers.

Contributed by Ray Rogers.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Nick, Thanks for helping us get these theatres on CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

SKYLAND ARTS CINEMA is in HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. not Forest City, N.C. we got our towns mixed up sorry.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Thanks for fixing my goof.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

Was suppose to have new history on this theatre,but my cousin has done nothing yet to get the info for me,Sad thing is some of the old employees often meet for dinner;one would think they could jot down some info.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Word is this Theatre might reopen,[Flat Rock Cinema]it is located in Flat Rock,N.C. The owner is thinking about Moving back into the Skyland Arts Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

According to my Cousin,the Skyland Arts Cinema will not reopen,the lady backing the project does not have funds,My Cousin had already brought a platter over from the old CAROLINA 1 and 2, and now has to return it to storage,with Ditigal coming it never made sense.He said her popcorn poper was the size of a mircowave.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 2, 2013 at 4:58 am

This theater was moved to Flat Rock many years ago and operates successfully with a digital projector as the Flat Rock Cinema

FRCinema on June 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

We never had any intentions of moving back to the Skyland and advised the person who was considering it not to do so. The reason we moved is we couldn’t get film – even if digital – because Epic Theaters moved in and took over the licensing zone.

APMpinball on October 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm

The former Skyland Cinema will soon be transformed into the Appalachian Pinball Museum. As an homage to the cinema, the theatre seats have been set up in the lobby and filled by cardboard cut outs of famous movie personalities. The pinball museum should be opening by December 1st 2017.

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