Valley Theatres I & II

4325 Glenwood Avenue,
Raleigh, NC 27612

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Crabtree Valley Mall

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.

Contributed by raysson

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raysson on October 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

I remember seeing Clint Eastwood’s THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES playing here first-run at this theatre in 1976.

Also played here “ROCKY” (1976) and “ROCKY II”(1979) as well as “ROCKY III”(1982) got first-run at the Valley.

raysson on July 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Not only VALLEY OF THE DOLLS played here but also Raquel Welch in MYRA BRECKINRIDGE played here first-run as part a double feature of “X” rated films that played at the Valley Theatres 1 & 2 in 1971. But were re-releases

Bannister on August 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

“The Poseidon Adventure” played at the Valley Twin in December 1972, and ran for several months. I saw it as a kid with a bunch of my friends. We went back to see it again and again. Great movie.

raysson on August 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

“AMERICAN GRAFFITI” played at the Valley Twin in 1978 as a re-release.

raysson on August 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Richard Pryor in “Which Way Is Up?” played at the Valley Twin in December of 1977 and ran for two months. Saw it opening night with my parents with a capacity crowd that snaked around the cinema. Hilarious funny. Went back to see it the following week. Great movie.

raysson on December 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

THE VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2…December 20,1974

VALLEY I-Irwin Allen’s “THE TOWERING INFERNO” with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden with an all-star cast….the Christmas Event of 1974 is here in Raleigh!!!

VALLEY II-Opens Christmas Day-The Family Saga Continues Francis Ford Coppula’s “THE GODFATHER:PART II”

raysson on December 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

August 16,1974…Exclusive Triangle Engagement Showing VALLEY THEATRES 1 & 2….The Movie Event of 1974…… Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in “CHINATOWN”

raysson on March 6, 2014 at 10:23 am

Both of THE GODFATHER I & II movies got first run billing at this theatre. This theatre got a lot of the Paramount product as well as movies from 20th Century-Fox and Columbia Pictures.

The ONLY Disney movie that ever played at the Valley Theatres I & II was for its Christmas of 1977 attraction of the musical PETE’S DRAGON.

raysson on September 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

A BEST BUY store now stands on the opposite side of the plaza area of Crabtree Valley where the former Valley Twin Theatres once stood.

raysson on December 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

STAR WARS played here first-run in Raleigh on July 1, 1977. It played for an astounding 24 weeks.

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