Dunes Cinema 8

4501 North Kings Highway,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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First opened in the early-1970’s as a twin cinema(Dunes 1 & 2) when it was owned and operated under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres. By the mid-1970’s the theatre went through another transition when it added on a third screen during construction (by taking the original auditorium in screen one by split it down the middle and keeping the second auditorium intact) making a triplex cinema(Dunes 1-2-3).

By the early-1980’s, the second auditorium was also split down the middle as well, adding on a fourth auditorium making it a multiplex cinema
(Dunes Cinema IV), which was still under operations with Stewart and Everett Theatres.

Carmike Cinemas acquired the Dunes Cinemas in 1986 until the Dunes closing in 1993.

In 1994, Carmike Cinemas built the Dunes Cinemas 8 behind the old Dunes Cinema IV, which had closed the previous year. Carmike kept the Dunes 8 in operations for the next ten years until its closing of the theatre on June 17, 2004.

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Element02
Element02 on March 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I used to love going to this theatre when visiting Myrtle Beach. If a movie didn’t do well at the first run theatre, it was usually here within a week or two for only a couple of bucks! Very rarely was the theatre ever busy, very easy to ‘moviehop’ and check out 2 or 3 movies a day :–)

Element02
Element02 on May 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

Recently visited Myrtle Beach. The theatre is still standing. The doors are baracaded and the parking lot is a mess. A large ‘For Lease’ sign graces the entrance to the theatre. I walked around the building to see if I could find some old movie stubs, and instead noticed that a staircase led to a 2nd-level entrance that was propped open with a broom! I took a flashlight and walked around the theatre (illegally, sorry). All of the seats had been taken out of the auditoriums and placed in the lobby. The screens were still up, and the theatre is in great disrepair, but hopefully someone will buy it and open it back up as a discount theatre!

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