Carmike Biltmore Twin Theatres

780 Hendersonville Road,
Asheville, NC 28803

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Located off Hendersonville Road in the South Biltmore Forest Shopping Center, the Biltmore Twin Theatre’s were really not the city’s nicest and they were in a pretty good side of town. It was originally opened as the Biltmore Cinema on December 23, 1970 as a single screen theatre, with 500 seats. It was owned and operated by the Martin Theatres-Fuqua Group Entertainment Division. The Biltmore Cinema at the time of its opening was Asheville’s second Ultravision theatre following the opening of the Terrace Theatre at Tunnel Road, which had opened in 1967.. Most of the movies the Biltmore Cinema showed were first-run Asheville exclusives such as “Tora!, Tora!, Tora!” “Patton”, “Big Jake”, “The Owl and the Pussycat” and “The Way We Were”. There were also some off-the-wall flicks such as “Five on the Black Hand Side”, and “Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World”. It remained a single screen until May 12, 1975 when it closed with “Rancho Deluxe”.

On May 23, 1975 it was renamed Biltmore Twin Theatres where the original auditorium had be split into two sections with 250 seats in each auditorium. The grand re-opening attractions for the Biltmore Twin Theatres were “Rosebud” and “Chinatown”. It became Asheville’s top rated cinema getting most of the big blockbusters like “Rocky”, “Black Sunday”, “The Rose”, “Star Trek:The Motion Picture”, “Star Trek III:The Search for Spock”, “Tootsie”, “The Verdict”, as well as having sold out capacity crowds for “Beverley Hills Cop”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and the original “The Terminator”. Other films which played here were a mixed variety as follows: “Charlottes Web”, “Visiting Hours”, and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (which ran for 4 weeks in June 1982), while “Arthur” with Dudley more returned for a second run hit bringing in capacity crowds. The Biltomore Twin Theatres would also get the worst of the worst including: “One on One”, “Battle Beyond the Stars”, “Corvette Summer”< The Gumball Rally", Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band", “C.H.O.M.P.S.”, “The Child”, “The Man Who Loved Women”, “Metalstorm:The Destruction of Jared-Syn” and “Grandview U.S.A.” to name but a few.

Carmike Cinemas acquired the Biltmore Twin Theatres in 1982 from Martin Theatres and in 1986 it became the Carmike Bilmore Twin Theatres screning second-run movies at bargain prices. Carmike Cinemas closed the theatre in 1991 and it was demolished a year later due to the renovations that were happening at the South Biltmore Forest Shopping Center.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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raysson
raysson on May 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I will have this information updated for Cinema Treasures. It originally opened as the Biltmore Theatre and was under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres.

raysson
raysson on May 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

I have found the original ad for the Biltmore Cinema’s grand opening and I will have this reposted and revised for the Cinema Treasures site. I have the original ad’s grand opening. From the research that I conducted on this theatre, it was known as the Biltmore Cinema under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment.

The premiere attraction for its grand opening was the World War II epic “Tora! Tora! Tora!”

And the coming attractions for the opening of the Biltmore Cinema were “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “Big Jake”, “Patton”, “Ryan’s Daughter”,and the re-release issues of “Gone With The Wind”,and “Doctor Zhivago”.

Contact me at if you need addiional information concerning the opening ads for this theatre. I have them in my possession through newspaper scans.

raysson
raysson on June 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

THE BILTMORE CINEMA opened on December 23,1970 under Martin Theatres-Fuqua Group Entertainment Division.

The Opening Attraction for its Grand Opening…… “TORA! TORA! TORA!”-Direct from its reserved seat engagements….Now Asheville can see this epic drama at reduced prices…

The Coming Attractions to the BILTMORE CINEMA…..

-George C. Scott and Karl Malden in “PATTON”

-John Wayne in “BIG JAKE”

-Barbra Streisand in “THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT”

-Robert Mitchum in David Lean’s “RYAN’S DAUGHTER”

**I have the grand opening ads for the Biltmore Cinema if you need to see them. Please contact me at Thank you.

raysson
raysson on June 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Also played here was that Exorcist/Omen rip off flick “THE CHILD” from producer-director Roger Corman.

raysson
raysson on June 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

“PURPLE RAIN”-played at the Biltmore Twin Theatres on September 13,1984 for a second-run after playing an impressive 14 weeks at Asheville’s Mall Theatres.

raysson
raysson on June 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Mike Rogers: The Biltmore Twin Theatres were NEVER under Litchfield. It opened as the Biltmore Cinema on December 23,1970 under Martin Theatres. Carmike took over this theatre in 1982.

raysson
raysson on June 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

June 13,1982 at the Biltmore Twin Theatres…..

I-William Shatner and Lee Grant in “Visiting Hours”

II-Steve Martin in “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”(going on four weeks)

raysson
raysson on June 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

February 3,1980 at the Biltmore Twin Theatres….

I-Going into nine weeks is STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE

II-Going on seven weeks is Bette Midler in THE ROSE

raysson
raysson on June 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Dudley Moore’s ARTHUR returns for a second hit run while that silly basketball movie with Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole “One On One” returns to Asheville.

It also got that very cheap horror film that would be most suited for the drive-in theatre crowd “Ruby” with Piper Laurie and Stuart Whitman released in 1977. This Omen/Exorcist/Carrie rip-off was reduced to $2.50 a seat for a very good reason where this movie ended up playing on a first-run venue at Asheville’s Park Drive-In.

A lot of cheap movies got first-run billing at the Biltmore Theatres including “The Boogens”,“The Town That Dreaded Sundown”, “Day of the Animals”,two kung-fu double features “Exit The Dragon,Enter The Tiger” & “The Five Fingers of Death”,“Laserblast”,“Battle Beyond The Stars”(that Star Wars rip-off produced by Roger Corman that starred Richard Thomas of “The Waltons”,and Robert Vaughn)…not to mention a lot more……

raysson
raysson on June 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

OMG…..“Rabbit Test” played here first-run????? The film debut of Billy Crystal and the worst Joan Rivers movie ever made! Who told her that she was a first-rate director for Hollywood?

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