Mall Twin Theatres

1-3 S. Tunnel Road,
Asheville, NC 28805

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Mall Twin Theatres

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Not much of a name for a twin theatre, but the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres was opened by ABC Southeastern Theatres on July 4, 1975. It was sold to Plitt Theatres in the late-1970’s. Located in the Asheville Mall is a quite little theatre with usually product split between the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres and the nice one screen theatre in Asheville, the Terrace Theatre.

Home office was in Charlotte, with John l.Huff, president. Good old Marion Biggs was the District manager out of Columbia,S.C.

Often,the Terrace Theatre would get great movies like "Heaven Can Wait" while Charlotte bookers would put "How Funyy Can Sex Be?" or the horrible Christmas flop,"Moment By Moment" in the Mall 1 and 2; which I would be willing to bet John Travolta bought the prints and burned them.

Still, for children and the Mall it was a great place for kid movies and shopping. "Santa and the 3 Bears" was one such movie. Kids a dollar and parents free. Good kid matinees put shoppers in the Asheville Mall. It was closed January 23, 1998.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

More blockbusters that got first-run at this theatre: “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”-Harrison Ford-(6-12-1981)

“E.T.”-First-run showing in DOBLY STEREO(6-11-1982)

“THE BLUES BROTHERS”-With John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm


1975-1979 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1979-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres

1986-1991 Cineplex Odeon Corporation

1991-1998 Carmike Cinemas

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

By 1997…the Mall Twin was reduced to a discount dollar house with all seats for all shows just $1.00 under Carmike Cinemas…..I have the ad for the 1-1-98 showings at the Mall Twin… closed in June of that year due to expansion and renovation of the Asheville Mall.

“Air Force” with Harrison Ford-Rated R
“In and Out” with Demi Moore-Rated PG 13

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

The showing of Steven Spielburg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK broke all boxoffice attendance records for this theatre becoming the highest grossing film in Asheville when it came out in 1981.

Spielburg’s “E.T.” had the lines snaked around Asheville Mall when it came out as well breaking all boxoffice attendance records in 1982 becoming the highest grossing film for that theatre.

raysson on May 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

On the marquee at the MALL THEATRES 1 AND 2: June 22,1979…..“ALIEN” in DOLBY STEREO Special additional late show Friday and Saturday!!! Sorry, No Plitt Advanced Ticket Specials or Passes Accepted for this feature. Please attend our Matinees! Avoid the crowds….Plenty of free parking within the Asheville Mall!!!

Due to the extreme content of this picture,we strongly advised that NO ONE Under 17 will not be admitted and must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian for this picture.

raysson on May 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Opened on July 4, 1975 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.

Auditorium 1 was the largest with 379 seats

Auditorium 2 seating capacity was 352

Total seating capacity 731

raysson on May 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Closed on January 23, 1998 under Carmike Cinemas as the Mall Twin Theatres.

StanMalone on May 15, 2015 at 12:20 am

Mike, back on 6/21/2010 you made a mention of a manager named Neal. Would you happen to remember his last name?

It is odd that this theatre stayed open for 23 years and managed to avoid the twinning plague. Those great Ultravision theatres were almost square and as a result were prime candidates for twinning, or should I say “shoeboxing”?

Mikeoaklandpark on May 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Stanmalo9ne his name is Neil Reed. His is currently the manager of the Fine Arts in downtown Asheville.

StanMalone on May 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Thank you. I worked for a Neal Dolvin when I first started in theatres, but I have never been able to locate him. The last I heard he was managing in North Carolina for Eastern Federal so I was hoping this might be him.

As for this theatre, I managed an Ultravision twin at South DeKalb in Atlanta. Each side had 540 seats and those were the best looking theatres with the best picture of any I ever worked in. Each side was twinned in 1978 which made them among the worst presentations I ever worked.

Thanks again for the reply.

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