Park Twin Theatres
2290 North Church Street,
Cum-Park Plaza Shopping Center,
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At the time of its opening in 1966, the Park Theatre was Burlington’s first-ever suburban cinema that was an alternative to the downtown movie houses that were located. The Park Theatre opened its doors to the public on December 25, 1966 as a 725-seat single screen cinema under Schneider-Merl Theatres. The premiere attraction for its grand opening showing was “Follow Me Boys” starring Fred MacMurray. The Park Theatre was equipped with the latest projection equipment along with plush wide rocking seats for maximum comfort and a huge auditorium that had super widescreen that was equipped for showing bigger presentations in either 35mm or 70mm films.
Schneider-Merl operated the Park Theatre until 1975 when Atlanta-based Martin Theatres acquired it when it was still a single screen theatre. By 1978, the original auditorium was split into two sections creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. It was renamed the Park Twin Theatres. By 1982, Carmike acquired the operations of the Park Twin Theatres after it bought out Martin Theatres. It was closed by Carmike around 1994. It was reopened as a second-run discount house in 1997, but closed in 1998.
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