Church Street Cinemas

1807 South Church Street,
Burlington, NC 27215

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5minutes
5minutes on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

Did a quick look at the newspaper archives and learned that the Blue Moon had closed sometime in 1979 or 1980. On or just before January 1, 1981, the theater opened as the Janus with one screen. The first movie was “Seems Like Old Times” with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase.

5minutes
5minutes on April 12, 2013 at 3:24 am

Correction: Police Academy 3 came out in 1986, but I still stand by my original statement. I may hop down to the library at some point to check old newspapers to see when the changeover happened.

5minutes
5minutes on April 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

A few corrections:

  1. The theater was the Blue Moon from the late 70’s until some time before 1985. I know this because this was the theater I saw Police Academy 3 in, and that movie came out in 1985 (and I was 12 years old at the time), and given my mother’s fear of even entering the same building that an evil theater had been, I’d say it had been at least a year or two.

  2. The theater was closed when the Terrace expanded in the early 1990’s, when it was purchased by Daniel Kleeberg of High Point (he owned a small string of second-run theaters in High Point, Burlington, North Wilksboro, and, I think, somewhere in Virginia. I know this because I worked for Kleeberg and the longest-running movie the theater had under his management was Cool Runnings (1993).

  3. The name of the theater during the 90’s wasn’t Church Street Twin Cinemas – it was Church Street Cinema Twin. Minor point, I know. It stayed open until late 99, when he had to close it due to lack of people to manage it (I’d left by this point, as had the long-term manager).

  4. There was only one “shoebox” screen. The large auditorium could hold about 450 people, while the smaller screen could hold around 180.

  5. The grocery store in the shopping center was never a Winn-Dixie. The oldest store I remember was a Krogers (where the infamous Blanche Taylor Moore worked) that was later replaced by a Byrd’s, which was eventually bought by Lowes Foods and then closed. Today, it’s a Aldi.

raysson
raysson on July 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

The Church Street Twin Cinemas was never demolished. The theatre closed in the 1990’s as a discount theatre. The building is still there but it has been converted into a mega-church that basically took up that section where it was a shopping center that was anchored by a Zayre Department Store and a Winn-Dixie grocer.

This theatre was once the Trans-Lux In Flight Cinema that opened on March 23,1970. It was renamed the Janus Theatre by 1973 and was twinned by 1976 renamed the Janus 1 & 2. By 1983,it became the Blue Moon Adult Theatre that specialized in showing hardcore XXX-rated films until the late-1980’s or early-to-mid 1990’s. By the 1990’s it became a discount movie house under Janus Theatres and was renamed the Church Street Twin Cinemas until it closed in the late-1990’s. It reopened as a Spanish Language cinema that specialized in showing Spanish films for the huge Latino crowd. By either 2000 or 2001 it closed for good. It was converted into a church by either 2003 or 2004 that is still in business.

raysson
raysson on July 24, 2012 at 7:28 am

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here at the Janus Twin first-run in 1981.