Carmike Biltmore Twin Theatres
780 Hendersonville Road,
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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 1995 and it was demolished a year later due to the renovations that were happening at the South Biltmore Forest Shopping Center.
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