Retro Cinema 4

2270 W. US Highway 74 Bypass,
Forest City, NC 28043

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Retro Cinema 4

Located near a less-than-economically-robust mall, this theater opened in the early-1970’s as either a single or twin screen theater; it later was expanded to four screens. It was formerly operated by Carmike, and is now an independent cinema.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on November 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

There are some pictures of this theater near the bottom of this page (scroll down): View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

Good pictures.I remember Forest City having a downtown theatre along with two Drive-ins,Both on Ct.Don’t know if the downtown theatre has been placed on CT.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 27, 2010 at 5:47 am

1972 Opened, owned by Stewart & Everett Theatres, Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., Charles B. Trexler, President & Treas. They owned over 70 theaters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Late 1970’s twined.
Early 1980’s 4-screens.
1986 Carmike Cinemas took over.
2007 Digital projection installed for all screens.
2009 Closed
20?? Opened as an independent.

Can always use more info and photos.

canibfrankwithyou on September 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

This is one of the theatres I assisted as an apprentice technician installing the projection & sound equipment. I had just returned from my short Navy carrer. The theatre was a single screen when built and operated by Stewart&Everett.

canibfrankwithyou on September 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

While installing the equipment here I met a gentleman who owned a local Drive-In in the Forrest City area. Later on while living in Greenville, N.C. he was contracted to pick me up in his “Beechcraft” Bonanza and transport me to do an emergency sound repair in Morehead City, N.C. We became friends and he let me co-pilot his plane. Later he went on to tell me that he had at one time modified his plane to accommodate a loudspeker that had formerly been used on military tanks. To promote his drive-in, he would fly over the city and advertise the upcoming films for the week.

StanMalone on February 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

It seems that the digital conversion has yet to take place at this location. Click on the story under the “News About This Theatre” section and you can watch a segment from the local TV station. It describes the problems that all of these small theatres are facing with the cost of conversion and warns that the Retro may close if the owner can not raise the money.

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