Valley Theatres I & II
4325 Glenwood Avenue,
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Located in the strip mall section of Crabtree Valley Mall facing the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, the Valley Theatres I & II opened to the public on February 9, 1971 as Raleigh’s first-ever twin cinema that was owned and operated under Schneider-Merl Theatres. The Valley Theatres I & II made it’s premiere before the official opening of the Crabtree Valley Mall which opened its doors to the public on August 8, 1972 as one of the largest indoor shopping centers in North Carolina. The premiere attractions for the Valley Theatres I & II’s grand opening was Barbra Streisand in “The Owl and the Pussycat” in Auditorium One (500-seats). Auditorium Two (450-seats) was John Wayne and Richard Boone in “Rio Lobo”. The Valley Theatres got the blockbuster films and was fortunate to get the exclusive North Carolina engagement showings(the theatre was one of two cinemas in the state to get the 70mm print of Steven Spielburg’s “The Color Purple” upon its exclusive release in 1985).
By the late-1980’s, the theatre was fallen on hard times due to not only the added construction and the extension of Crabtree Valley Mall, but competition from newer and bigger multiplexes that were being built along Glenwood Avenue. The Valley Twin Theatre’s final picture show came in November of 1988, closing its doors forever.
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