University Plaza 1 & 2

4000 University Parkway,
University Plaza Shopping Center,
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Opening on December 29, 1974, the University Plaza 1 & 2 was the second twin cinema to opened in Winston-Salem, and the one of two theatres that were under Stewart and Everett Corporation(the other was the Reynolda Twin and later on the Reynolda Triple during the late-1970’s).

This twin cinema had a seating capacity of 1,200(both auditoriums seated 600) with full widescreen projection capable of showing either 70mm and 35mm films. The opening attractions for the University Plaza 1 & 2 were “The Gambler” starring James Caan on Screen One. On Screen Two was the exclusive limited engagement showing of “Gone With The Wind”.

Stewart and Everett held operations until Carmike took over in 1986 until it’s closing in 2000. The theatre is still there but it is being used as a church.

Contributed by raysson

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raysson on May 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm


1974-1986 Stewart and Everett Corporation

1986-2000 Carmike Cinemas

raysson on May 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Wild is an understatement for this theatre. A lot of hardcore flicks played here…from “Boyz In The Hood”,to “New Jack City”, “Friday”, “Menace II Society”,and “Set It Off”.

raysson on May 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

WILD is an understatement for this theatre!

Steven Spielburg’s “E.T.” got the exclusive engagement showing at this theatre on June 11,1982. It was the only theatre within the entire town of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County where it played!

raysson on June 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

By the time Carmike took over this theatre in the mid to late-1980’s the conditions this cinema was in was absolutely horrific. There were numerous reports of garbage between the seats with empty beer bottles,fried chicken boxes lying around and not to mention some of the seats were just filthy! Also did I mention condoms were between the seats,and the numerous report of gang fights that broke out during weekend screenings. By the mid-1990’s,this theatre converted from first-run films to showing second-run movies as a discount theatre in order to keep afloat. By 2000,this theatre was closed by Carmike Cinemas and from there were plans to reopen this theatre,but that didn’t help. A church was set to reopen it by showing kiddie matinees in order to stay open which at the time of the University Plaza 1 & 2’s closing had tough competition from a bigger and larger megaplex that was being built just up the street. By the time the church took over where the University Plaza Cinemas once stood,no one would have ever suspected that once upon a time this was a movie theatre located on the Northern section of the city.

Mmandarano on September 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Wow, I used to live literally across the street in Deacon ridge condos and had no idea there was ever a cinema at University Plaza. My condo complex was nice, but I rarely went to this shopping center because it does tend to have spa reputation for rough clientele. Out of curiosity, which building was the cinema in? I don’t remember a church unless it was on the far side past subway and dollar general, but I thought that was a pawn shop.

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