Ocean Cinemas 1-2-3

Highway 17 N.,
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

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The Ocean Cinemas 1 & 2 opened as a twin-screen cinema in the early-to-mid-1970’s, and was owned and operated by Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Theatres. Stewart and Everett, however operated several movie houses in the greater Grand Strand-Myrtle Beach area as well, including the Dunes Cinema 8, and also The Myrtle Cinemas, not to mention operating the Rivoil Theatre too.

By the early-1980’s it became a three screen cinema, with one of the original auditoriums split in two, keeping the second auditorium intact. Carmike acquired the Ocean Cinemas in 1986 and it remained that way until the closing of the Ocean Cinemas 1-2-3 in 2000.

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Coate
Coate on March 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm

<<< *The Ocean Cinemas opened as a three-screen cinema in the early-1980’s * >>>

Wrong!

1) This theater opened several years before the early 1980s.

2) It was a twin before it was a triplex.

I’m not sure of the theater’s full timeline or screen-count history, but I have evidence that “Star Wars” played here in ‘77 and that at the time it was a twin (promoted in local papers as “Ocean Cinema 1 & 2”).

Coate
Coate on March 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

<<< 130 South U.S. Highway 17, Myrtle Beach >>>

The address is not correct. (Notice the “map” link doesn’t take you to the correct location? Clue number one that the address is wrong!)

First, this theater was located in North Myrtle Beach, not Myrtle Beach.

Second, I’m not certain of the exact address (but I know the one given isn’t right). CinemaTour gives the address as “130 Highway 17 South” while a newspaper ad I have circa 1977 gives a generic address of “Highway 17 at Ocean Drive.”

PamelaT
PamelaT on April 16, 2015 at 9:31 pm

I worked at this theatre from 1996-2000. I was even promoted to assistant manager. So many happy memories! Always fun to change the big marquee every week. We had our “regulars” that were always supportive. I cried when I locked the doors on the night it closed for good. January 20, 2000

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