Briarcliff Cinemas

10177 North Kings Highway,
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

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The Briarcliff Theatres opened in the early-to-mid-1970’s as either a twin cinema or a three screen cinema that was owned and operated under Stewart and Everett Theatres. Located in North Myrtle Beach off North Kings Highway. In 1986, Carmike Cinemas acquired the Briarcliff after Stewart and Everett Theatres ceased operations. By the late-1980’s the theatre expanded to six screens, and by the early-to-mid 1990’s, it expanded to 10 screens, making it a megaplex theatre when it was acquired by Carmike Cinemas.

On Thursday August 18, 2005, Carmike closed the Briarcliff Cinemas when it was rebuilt as a 12-screen megaplex theatre in the same location, renamed the Colonial 12, that officially opened in 2006.

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Element02
Element02 on January 27, 2019 at 1:29 am

This theater is still called the ‘Colonial Mall 12’ although the name of the mall has changed to ‘Myrtle Beach Mall’. I would like to know if the theater was always attached to the mall itself, or if it was a separate building in it’s earlier days. I love that you can access the theater from inside the mall; this is usually only seen in much larger malls today. I spoke with an older usher on my last visit to the theater, who said that the theater was demolished in ‘05 and completely rebuilt. That’s what makes me wonder if it was a separate unit prior to 2005, or if he is mistaken and the theater just underwent major interior renovations at that time.

Element02
Element02 on January 27, 2019 at 1:32 am

My grandmother remembers seeing the Demi Moore starrer ‘The Butcher’s Wife’ here in fall of 1991, and says that it was a 6 screen at that time. Does not remember if the theater was housed in a separate building from the mall though.

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