107 South Fairview Road,
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At the time of its opening in the mid-1970’s, the Oakwood Cinema 1 & 2 was the only operating indoor theater on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. It was also the first indoor theater on that side of town open to integrated audiences (the other indoor theaters in East Rocky Mount- the Booker-T Theater and the Manhattan/Ritz Theater- were strictly for African-Americans).
The Oakwood Cinema was Stewart & Everett’s second location in Rocky Mount, the Cinema 1 & 2 at Englewood Square having been opened in 1971. The downtown theaters (Center Theater and Cameo Theater) and the Tower Drive-In would suffer from the Oakwood Cinema’s presence, as all of those would be gone by the early-1980’s.
Carmike bought the Oakwood and Englewood Cinemas in 1986; after buying the Cardinal 3 and Golden East 4 theaters in 1990, the two twin theaters became 99-cent second-run houses. The Oakwood Twin Cinema was closed by 1996; it was the last theater in Edgecombe County outside of Tarboro.
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