Tower Twin Theatres

3649 New Bern Avenue,
Tower Shopping Center,
Raleigh, NC 27610

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Micah
Micah on September 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

The Tower Twin was not demolished. It remained vacant and virtually unchanged for many years after it closed. Several years ago it was used as a haunted house at Halloween for a few years. More recently it has been converted to retail space. Just so you know, Carmike owned BOTH the Tower Twin and the Merchants Six and ran them concurrently. Also, the two auditoriums at Tower were mirror images of each other. They had exactly the same seating capacity. I cannot remember what the capacity was, but it was around 400 each.

OldSchoolMan
OldSchoolMan on September 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

In the early 1980s, in the middle of the night someone stole a bulldozer from the construction site next door (Tower Merchants) and took it for a joy ride. With the blade up, the bulldozer crashed through the left side exit door, went through the lobby and demolished the concession stand. Police and firemen arrived to find the bulldozer stopped against the interior lobby wall. No arrest was made, but rumor had it that it was a local high school kid that lived nearby. (Keith Carpenter was the theatre manager at that time.)

OldSchoolMan
OldSchoolMan on September 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

The Tower Twin did not have 1200 seats. The larger auditorium had about 450 and the smaller had about 350.

raysson
raysson on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

This was one of the theatres that showed the “X” rated “YOU SO CRAZY”(Martin Lawrence’s stand-up comedy film) as a exclusive area engagement.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on April 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

This was one of the old ABC Plitt Theatres that Cineplex took over with the purchase of Plitt Theatres!!!

raysson
raysson on April 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

That was one of the theatres CARMIKE abandoned and left for dead when it close in 2001. When it closed,the theatre was completely guttered. So Sad.