Asheville West Twin Theatres
153 Smokey Park Highway,
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Located in the Ingles Shopping Center off Smokey Park Highway, the Asheville West Twin Theatres opened June 3, 1977 under the Irvin-Fuller Theatres chain, which was a nice sized chain operating in the Carolinas. The Asheville West Twin Theatres was just your standard twin-screen theatre with 800 seats (400 in each auditorium) which was nothing really great and one would think some lesser films would find the Asheville West Twin Theatres as nothing but a ‘B’ movie venture which showed films that were first-run billing.
While the Asheville West Twin Theatres would get the standard Hollywood fare like “Annie Hall”, “Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan”, “Richard Pryor: Here and Now” and standard Disney films, it had a reputation of showing such horrible films such as “The Other Side of Midnight”, “Guyana Cult of the Damned”, “The Swarm”, “If Ever I See You Again”, to “Harper Valley PTA, "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”, “Corvette Dream” to “Roller Boogie”. Even the worst of the worst got first-run billing also, from “Crossed Swords”, “It’s Not the Size that Matters”, to “The Bad News Bears Go Japan” among others. At the same period of time it had sold out to capacity crowds for its Asheville run of “Grease”.
Irvin-Fuller Theatres operated the Asheville West Twin Theatres until 1985, when Roth Theatres took over the operations until its closing in 1994. It has since been demolished.
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