Ballou Park 4

150 Tunstall Road,
Danville, VA 24541

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Ballou Park 4

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This theater opened as a single screen theatre on May 16, 1969, with “My Side of the Mountain”. It later became a twin, and then a quad during the 1980’s. In its last years, it operated as a second-run house, owing to competition from a newer multiplex close by. It closed in 2008 and became home to a church in 2011.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

This article about the theater’s use as a church has a picture of one of the auditoriums; apparently the church plans to use at least some of the screens and keep the box office: View link

Coate
Coate on February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

<<< “This theater opened as a twin” >>>

No, it didn’t! It opened as a single.

<<< Ballou Park 4 (Also known as Ballou Park Twin) >>>

Actually, its original name was, simply, Park. (The “Ballou Park” name may have been what was used in recent years or perhaps what locals called it in conversation since it was located in the Ballou Park section of town.)

<<< “This theater opened…around 1970” >>>

A more precise opening date is May 16, 1969. And, for those who care about such details, the debut feature was “My Side of the Mountain.”

Source: The Danville Register, various issues.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I saw “MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN”.A great film for a kid.Would have thought they might have booked something rated “M”.Thanks Michael.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

SEATS: 600

2 screens early 1980’s.

4 screens by 1998.

Closed March 2008.

More info and more photos always welcome.

raysson
raysson on February 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Wait a minute….MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN was rated M?
I thought it was a family film so the MPAA rating on this was G for General Audiences. It was a kids movie.

M was for Mature Audiences-Parental Guidance Suggested
OR Parental Discretion is Strongly Advised

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I guess you misunderstood.“My Side” is G rated,I meant for more business you think they would have booked a more adult film,but in those days I guess the “G” rating did not carry the kiss of death.

hsc
hsc on April 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The Park was next to the Ballou Park Shopping Center, though not actually attached to it. I think most patrons just entered through the shopping center entrance and turned between two blocks of building into the theater’s adjacent lot, rather than use the theater’s actual entrance.

As a result, a lot of Danvillians tended to call it the “Ballou Park” rather than the “Park”.

It was definitely a twin by the ‘80s, but I don’t think it became a quad until the mid-'90s. The last film I recall seeing there was “Silence of the Lambs,” and I’m pretty sure that it was still only a twin at that point.

By this point, they actually had a video rental club set up in the lobby of the theater, indicative of the hard times theaters were facing in town after the onslaught of VCRs and cable.

raysson
raysson on December 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

THEATRE HISTORY:

1969-1975 Schneider-Merl Corporation

1975-1982 Martin Theatres

1982-2008 Carmike Cinemas

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