Terrace Theatres

125 Huffman Mill Road,
Burlington, NC 27215

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wlasley on February 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I worked at the Terrace from May 1983 to January 1987. When I started, the theater still featured the two large screens only and was a Plitt Theater. The week before RETURN OF THE JEDI was released we showed BLUE THUNDER and BREATHLESS. As Plitt employees we wore red vests. Sometime before I left the job, Cineplex Odeon purchased the showplace and both houses were split, making a total of four screens. Under the new ownership, each associate sported a black vest and a black clip-on bow tie, both of which I still have in addition to one or more name tags. I can’t recall if the additional house splits occurred before or after my departure. Also in my possession is the “THEATRE” portion of the “AN ULTRA-VISION THEATRE” section of the marquee that I salvaged when the building was demolished. Unfortunately the rest of the sign had broken into many pieces due to a combination of the violence of the demolition and its brittleness from age.

swamp30439 on September 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hi all when I drove a big truck I used to park at the TA truck stop and bobtail to this theater to see a movie.

raysson on March 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

December 17,1977 on the marquee:

raysson on August 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

By 1987-1988 Greensboro based Janus Theatres Group acquired this theatre(THE TERRACE) after it was bought out by Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. Janus Theatres also acquired the Janus Theatres 1 & 2 as well after it bought out Brandt Theatres Group(aka Trans Lux Cinemas).

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

Address: 125 Huffman Mill Road

      Burlington, NC 27215
raysson on August 22, 2012 at 10:09 am

You’re right 5 Minutes….this theater was located at the intersection of South Church Street at Huffman Mill Road that was across the street from which was called the Holly Hill Mall(which is now the Colonial Mall)that opened on March 13,1970 as a 700-seat single screen theatre under Wilby-Kincey/ABC Theatres. It was Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre. Was twinned in March of 1974 when a second auditorium was built adjenct to the original auditorium. It was renamed the Terrace I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres. By the mid-1980’s,the second auditorium was split down the middle into two sections,creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. By 1988 or 1989,it was split down the middle again as it when from three to six screens creating extra shoebox quads with smaller screens not to mention at the time Janus Theatres bought out the Terrace Theatres from Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. It remained a six screen cinema until the mid-1990’s when Janus Theatres began construction on a huge 14-plex called the West End Cinemas 14 that was just a half-mile down from the Terrace and nearby Holly Hill Mall that was set to open in November of 1996 to muscle in the competition. The Terrace Theatres closed in December of 1996 and was demolished in 2000. A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse and a Rite-Aid Pharmacy now sits where the former Terrace Theatres once stood.

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

Opened on March 13,1970 under Wilby-Kincey Theatres/ABC Southeastern Theatres. It was a 700 seat single screen ULTRAVISION theatre. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre was Walt Disney’s “THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES” Starring Kurt Russell,Joe Flynn and Cesar Romero.


-The Alamance County Exclusive Engagement Showing of “GONE WITH THE WIND”-Starring Clark Gable…….

-Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in “WINNING”

-The colossal hit of 1970 “AIRPORT!”-With Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin and with an all-star cast!!!!

-The comedy smash hit of the decade “MAS*H”

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 am


1970-1978 Wilby-Kincey/ABC Southeastern Theatres

1978-1987 Plitt Southern Theatres

1987-1990 Cineplex Odeon Corporation/Plitt Southern

1990-1996 Janus Theatres Group

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

This theatre was never a eight screener in 1996…I had the original newspaper ad from 1996…this theatre was a six screener under Janus Theatres. It closed in December of 1996,when the West End Cinemas 14 just a half-mile down on South Church Street from Holly Hill Mall put this theatre out of business. It was demolished in 2000.

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

The theater is located where a Lowes Home Improvement Store is now and a Rite Aid Pharmacy…right at the intersection of South Church Street and Huffman Mill Road across from the Holly Hill Mall(which is now Colonial Mall).

raysson on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

The TERRACE THEATRE in Burlington opened on March 13,1970 a week before the opening of the Trans Lux Inflight Cinema,aka The Janus Theatres that opened on March 23,1970.