Biltmore Twin Theatre

780 Hendersonville Road,
Asheville, NC 28803

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The Biltmore Twin Theatre’s were really not the city’s nicest and they were in a pretty good side of town. The screens were average size, however, there was always a good sharpe picture on those screens.

February 3, 1980 going into nine weeks is "Star Trek" and going on seven weeks is "The Rose".

The Biltmore Twin Theatre was located in the South Biltmore Forest Center. I couldn’t find the theatre chain that ran this twin. Could it have been Litchfield? Other films that played here are as follows: November 20, 1977 "Charlotte’s Web", June 13, 1982 "Visiting Hours" and "Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid" going on 4 weeks. "Arthur" returns as a second run hit, and again that silly basketball movie with Robby Benson, returns to Asheville "One On One", and a very cheap horror film most suited for a drive-in, "Ruby", when admission for this movie was reduced to $2.50 a seat for good reason. "Ruby" was playing day and date at the Park Drive-In in Asheville.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 1, 2010 at 4:30 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

780 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD.

South Biltmore Forest Center address showed the entire United States!

AKA:

BILTMORE

Made into 2 cinemas in the late 1970’s.

Owners:

1975-1985 Martin Theaters?

1985-1995 Carmike Cinemas?

What is the theater used for now?

More info and photos?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Bob,My cousn Ray says it was a MARTIN Theatre in 1975.He thinks the theatre might be torn down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Movies that played the Biltmore twin.

Rabbit Test
The Sea Gypsies
Matilda
Godzilla on Monster Island and Terror of Godzilla {double feature}
Laserblast
Pretty Baby

Arx
Arx on April 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

The building was indeed torn down, or at least partially so. There is a AT&T (formerly Bell South) “CO” or central office near or on its former location.

If you look at the google map below, you will see a relatively square building at the south side of the parking lot. You will notice a patch of slightly darker asphalt in its parking lot on the north side of that building. If memory serves me correctly, that was the back end (screen end) of the Biltmore Twin. The front/entrance end extended north through the grassy area and into what is now the larger parking area for the shopping center. As I recall, when you turned off of Hendersonville Road, you could drive your car right up along the front curb of the theater and let your passengers out.

The entrance/concession area of the theater was quite small. If you’ve seen the “Ju Ju Bees” episode of Seinfeld, it looked a lot like that!

The sign above the entrance was white background with red-painted metal-framed letters that used incandescent bulbs to fill in the letters and the frame around the sign. I don’t remember when it closed but I’m thinking it was around 1989-1991.

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

In was in the shopping center that is now a Ingles supermarket. I asked around and it was in the right corner of the parking lot behind a small little area with 3 shops.

Arx
Arx on April 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mike…Yes, that’s the area I’m describing. There are actually 6 shops in the small building right against the road. (It has 3 more on the 2nd floor). The Bellsouth “CO” building is right behind those shops. The Biltmore Twin was immediately north of the Bellsouth (now AT&T building).

raysson
raysson on September 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

It was also known as the BILTMORE CINEMA that opened in 1972 under Martin Theatres/Fuqua Entertainment.

raysson
raysson on September 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

The BILTMORE CINEMA closed on May 12,1975 with the final feature RANCHO DELUXE as a single screen theatre starring Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterson.

It reopened as the BILTMORE TWIN THEATRES on May 23,1975 under Martin Theatres. The Biltmore Cinema is now equipped with two complete auditoriums under one roof..giving you twice the choice of movies at the same convenient location

GRAND OPENING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE BILTMORE CINEMA TWIN

Screen 1: “ROSEBUD” directed by Otto Preminger
With Peter O'Toole and Richard Attenborough-Rated PG

Screen 2: “CHINATOWN” directed by Roman Polanski
With Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway-Rated R

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

two pretty good films, pity it had to be twinned…

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