Skyland Arts Cinema
538 N. Main Street,
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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.
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