Tower Twin Theatres
3649 New Bern Avenue,
Tower Shopping Center,
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Located in the Southeastern section of Raleigh off New Bern Avenue at the Tower Shopping Center off the Raleigh Beltline, the Tower Twin Theatres were built on the same location where the Tower Drive-In Theatre had once stood.
The Tower Twin Theatres opened to the public on Sunday December 18, 1977 as a special sneak preview for those who would like to get a glimpse of Raleigh’s newest movie show palace that was held that day between the hours of 2:00pm until 6:00pm. During its special sneak preview of this theatre, there was no charge for admission and free refreshments and door prizes were honored. Auditorium One was the largest with a seating capacity of 450. Auditorium Two’s seating capacity was at 350.
The regular attractions for the Tower Twin Theatres began on Wednesday December 21, 1977 with Auditorium One showing Clint Eastwood in “The Gauntlet”. Auditorium Two had George Burns and John Denver in “Oh God!”. A lot of great blockbusters got first billing at this theatre ranging from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Aliens”,and much more.
By the time Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Tower Twin in the mid-1990’s the theatre was losing ground due to the nearby competition from neighboring Tower Merchants Six that was getting the better films. It was closed in 2001 by Carmike.
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