421 Oakland Avenue,
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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The newest cinema to hit Rock Hill, South Carolina in quite awhile was the Cinema Theatre opened December 1970 with the Paul Newman movie"WUSA". It was located in the York Shopping Center and owned by the Mini-Cinema Corp.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

“VON RICHTHOFEN and BROWN” play here.Pretty good WWI flick.
August 10 1971 and “THE OMEGA MAN "opens with a warning,"MANAGEMENT DOES NOT RECOMMENED FOR CHILDREN”,I noticed a few Rock Hill Theatres would insert that in the ads.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Back in those days GP and PG pictures were not for kids unlike the loose way the PG rating is slapped around today.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Next time to Charlotte I might pull off I-77 and take a look.Thanks.

chipatthemovies on August 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

The Cinema and the Mini Cinema were two different theatres. The picture above is the Cinema and the address is the Cinema. The Mini Cinema was in a shopping center on Cherry Road.

dwadestrick on June 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

This was called the Cinema and was known as the Rocking Chair Cinema because it had chairs that would rock. It was owned by Stewart & Everett Theaters from when it opened in the 60’s to around 1986 or 1987 when Carmike Cinemas bought the Rock Hill theaters. This theater closed February 28, 1987.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm

The Cinema Theatre is the name given for this house in the article That appeared in the July, 1963, issue of International Projectionist. Stewart & Everett’s new 600-seat house was designed in a spare, Modern style by architects Charles H. Wheatley & Associates.

this page of the magazine has four photos showing the theater’s front and public interior. Not surprisingly, subsequent pages feature a couple of photos of the projection room and a description of its equipment.

rivest266 on November 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

That link, Joe, is for the Cinema (now Carmike 7) at 2150 Cherry Hill, not the one on 421 Rock Hill that opened at the end of 1970.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

The International Projectionist article says that the “…Cinema Theatre has a fine location on Oakland Avenue….one block from Winthrop College….” That fits the address we’ve got on this page, and that’s the Street View we’ve got set. The building in Street View matches the photos in the article.

However, I notice that our introductory description of the theater doesn’t match the comments that have been made. Apparently the comments veered off of the Mini-Cinema in the York Shopping Center that Mike Rogers originally submitted, and now they are mostly about the Cinema on Oakland Avenue.

I guess the easiest thing to do a this point would be to change the description so that it fits the Oakland Avenue house, and move Mike’s introduction to a new page for the Mini-Cinema house.

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