Mall 1 and 2 Theatres

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

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Mall 1 and 2 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.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

More Movies that played at the Mall 1 and 2.

The Chosen {omen rip-off with Kirk Douglas who outta know better.}
An Unmarried Woman
Candleshoe {Disney,with Jodie Foster}
Here come the Tigers {Bad News Bears rip-off}

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 1:30 am

More Movies that played at the Mall 1 and 2.

The Chosen {omen rip-off with Kirk Douglas who outta know better.}
An Unmarried Woman
Candleshoe {Disney,with Jodie Foster}
Here come the Tigers {Bad News Bears rip-off}

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

Any one that worked for PLITT or ABC theatres is invited to the REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRE page on FACEBOOK,or if you just liked a certain Plitt Theatre.

raysson
raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

The Mall 1 and 2 Theatres were constructed by Wil-Kin and Six Associates Incorporated. This was the last of the twin ULTRAVISION theatres that were built. The Mall 1 and 2 Theatres(under ABC Southeastern Theatres)opened to the public on July 4,1975(the Independence Day holiday)with the premiere attractions for its official grand opening……

MALL THEATRE 1: Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in “SHAMPOO” also starring Goldie Hawn and Jack Warden
Rated R

MALL THEATRE 2: Ann Margret and Jack Nicholson along with Roger Daltrey in “TOMMY” also starring Tina Turner. Rated PG….special late show for this feature on Friday and Saturday nights at Midnight.

raysson
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
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
raysson on September 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Owners:

1975-1979 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1979-1986 Plitt Southern Theatres

1986-1991 Cineplex Odeon Corporation

1991-1998 Carmike Cinemas

raysson
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…..it closed in June of that year due to expansion and renovation of the Asheville Mall.

MALL TWIN AT ASHEVILLE MALL: 1-1-1998
“Air Force” with Harrison Ford-Rated R
“In and Out” with Demi Moore-Rated PG 13

raysson
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
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.

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