Tryon Hills Twin Cinemas
336 Tryon Road,
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The Tryon Hills Theatre was also known as the Tryon Theatre. Located at 336 Tryon Road at the corner of South Wilmington Street and Tryon Road in the Tryon Hills Shopping Center where it links with U.S. Highways 70 and 401 and State Highway 50.
The theatre stood on the opposite end of the Tryon Hills Shopping Center where it opened in the mid-to-late-1960’s, that anchored a Winn-Dixie grocer, a Roses Discount Department Store, and several other businesses. The Tryon Hills Theatre or the Tryon Theatre was the last of the single screen moviehouses to be built on the Southeastern section of Raleigh and nearly Garner(not far from Downtown Raleigh).
The Tryon Hills Theatre officially opened on March 31, 1972. It was a 550 seat movie theatre that had a lot of great features and it was also the first for Southeast Raleigh that included unexcelled screen brilliance that offered widescreen projection for films that were shown in either 70mm or 35mm formats. Xenon lamps producing an illusionary 3-D imagery;stereophonic widetrack sound system in the auditorium;wide-aisles with sofa type plush seating with lush carpeting and lavish drapes;wide concession stand and it offered a full-automated luxury throughout the cinema.
At the time of its 1972 opening, the Tryon Hills Theatre was also the first fully automated theatre that was operational in Eastern North Carolina and a first in the greater Triangle area. It was the last single screen cinema to be built in Raleigh. The opening attraction for the Tryon Hills Theatre was the Sam Peckinpah feature "Straw Dogs" starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
The Tryon Hills Theatre was basically a showplace for a variety of films ranging from adult cinema, blaxploitation, first-run features and family films and others of interest. Basically known as a "grindhouse" theatre it remained that way as a single screen theatre until November 8, 1991, when the theatre was split in two and remained in business as a discount theatre until its closing in early-1992. It was demolished in 1994.
Nowadays a storage facility center was built in 1996 in its place where the Tryon Hills Theatre once stood. The shopping center where the cinema was located now houses a Salvation Army Thrift Store and a beauty supply center store.
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